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Newly-appointed Aqua Metals president Steve Cotton, who left the novel lead-acid battery recycling firm just over a year ago, has admitted the company is still working on getting its process modules to “steady state” operation— and will probably be operating as little as four of them in the coming months to get things right as the company moves to scale.
Concentrating on the technology is unlikely to improve the company’s bottom line for some time. However, the original business model was premised on being able to sell fund development through the sale of sufficient refined lead.
Nissan has opened an electric vehicle battery recycling facility in Japan which will also provide energy storage systems for the area.
The plant in Namie will be run by 4R Energy, a joint venture between Nissan and the Sumitomo Corporation.
Proposals to build a multi-million-dollar lead-acid battery recycling plant in eastern Australia have reportedly been given the go-ahead.
An application by Pymore Recyclers International (PRI) to invest AUD39.8 million ($31.9m) in the project, in an industrial zone at Kurri Kurri, in the state of New South Wales, has been granted by the state’s planning and environment department, the Maitland Mercury said.
US lead-acid battery-recycling start-up Aqua Metals has pledged to “vigorously” defend itself against allegations that it has been “misleading” investors about its technology.
Aqua Metals has previously declined to comment on class action complaints made towards the end of 2017— after the company admitted it was “significantly behind schedule” with production and was “retrofitting” equipment to tackle production problems.
Bulgarian lead-acid battery manufacturer Monbat is to acquire Italian battery recycling company Piombifera Italiana for an undisclosed sum.
The acquisition, to be made through Monbat’s recycling subsidiary, was triggered by “the increased demand for raw materials for the production of lead batteries”, Monbat said in a statement to Bulgaria’s Financial Supervision Commission.
US green lead-acid battery recycling firm Aqua Metals has added to its manufacturing and financial team.
Alex Laleh has joined Aqua Metals as special projects manager and Thomas Akright joined the company as corporate controller.
Battery recycling is a hot topic, whether its how to ship used lithium-ion to ‘greener’ ways of recycling lead-acid.
Whether lithium-ion will ever match lead-acid’s 98% recycling rate remains to be seen, but you can be sure it will be on the agenda as experts gather for the 20th International Congress for Battery Recycling.
The recycling industry’s most hotly anticipated event will see scientists, engineers, producers and recyclers sharing their views and discussing battery recycling technologies.
More than 200 international experts from industry, authorities and academia will discuss and present talks on everything from battery legislation in Europe and worldwide, safety & transportation regulations to the best available recycling technologies.
The conference includes a workshop on lithium battery transport & safety issues and a tour to the battery recycling plant Batrec Industrie AG.
Organised by ICM AG, the event takes place from September 23 - 25 at the Hotel Fairmont Le Montreux Palace in Montreux, Switzerland.
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European Union antitrust regulators have accused four of Europe’s biggest battery recycling companies with fixing lead recycling prices.
Eco-bat, JCI, Recylex and Campine have been investigated by the European Commission for allegedly fixing the purchase price of scrap lead-acid batteries in Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands.
Battery recycling is being made easier in Canada through a partnership between Call2Recycle Canada and the lead-acid focused Canadian Battery Association (CBA).