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Pb is ‘mainstream contender’ for US battery funding, BCI told

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 12:19 -- News Editor
Pb is ‘mainstream contender’ for US battery funding, BCI told

Lead-acid is a mainstream contender for funding to develop battery technology in the US, delegates to Battery Council International’s (BCI) annual convention have been told.

It was clear federal funding will take “an equal opportunities approach to other chemistries with much higher energy densities”, said BESTmag technical editor Dr Mike McDonagh, who attended the BCI event in New Orleans.

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RSR Technologies wins Miksiewicz award

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 12:51 -- John Shepherd
RSR Technologies wins Miksiewicz award

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.

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BCI launch for bipolar tech industry alliance

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 19:56 -- John Shepherd
BCI launch for bipolar tech industry alliance

An industry-wide alliance to improve the competitiveness of lead batteries using bipolar technology is to be formally launched this week.

Advanced Battery Concepts’ (ABC) GreenSeal Alliance— backed by multiple equipment and materials suppliers— will be launched during the Battery Council International convention in New Orleans.

ABC’s CEO and founder Dr Ed Shaffer (pictured) said the alliance represented “the first and broadest collaboration of its kind in the lead battery industry”.

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California move on lead-acid risks ‘hindering’ energy policy

Wed, 05/30/2018 - 09:22 -- John Shepherd
California move on lead-acid risks ‘hindering’ energy policy

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.

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Chilwee issues profits slump warning over lead 'overcapacity'

Mon, 05/14/2018 - 10:10 -- Xuan Zhong
Chilwee issues profits slump warning over lead 'overcapacity'

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. 

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Perfect storm threatening to drown North America’s lead-acid industry

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 14:10 -- Paul Crompton
Perfect storm threatening to drown North America’s lead-acid industry

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.

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Will golf carts save the Pb-A industry?

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 12:51 -- Paul Crompton
Will golf carts save the Pb-A industry?

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.

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