Battery Council International
US lead-acid battery recycler RSR Technologies has won the Sally Miksiewicz Innovation Award for R&D leading to production of its new Supersoft-Hycycle alloy.
The award was presented to the company at Battery Council International’s (BCI) annual convention in New Orleans.
Regulators in California have been warned that new moves to increase pressure on producers of lead-acid batteries risk “hindering” state energy goals.
The warning came as the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) included lead batteries in its 2018-2020 draft priority product work plan.
One of China’s biggest lead battery manufacturers, the Chilwee Group, has said it expects to see first half-year profits “fall sharply” because of falling prices triggered by “overcapacity” in the domestic lead-acid sector.
Chilwee (also known as Chaowei) said in a Hong Kong Stock Exchange announcement estimated profits would be down in the first half of 2018 compared to the same period a year ago— but the company did not give figures.
The lead industry in North America is facing some of the biggest threats to its existence as a perfect storm of extremely bad news and regulatory challenges come to a climax in the next few months, David Weinberg, legal advisor to Battery Council International told its 2016 annual meeting last week.
Weinberg, recognised as one of the USA’s leading environmental law specialists, said the PR storm was probably the worst he had seen in his 30 year relationship with the industry body.
The $888 billion stationary lead-acid market took a fall last year, according to a Battery Council International report.
The figures came to light as Hollingsworth and Vose’s Mitchell Bregman gave his report during the annual BCI conference.