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2nd Californian lead-acid battery recycler to face emissions charges

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 15:25 -- Paul Crompton
2nd Californian lead-acid battery recycler to face emissions charges

Another Californian lead-acid battery recycler has been given 30 days to notify residents of possible health risks from its lead and arsenic emissions.

Battery recycler Quemetco, based in the Los Angeles industrial suburb of the City of Industry, has been told to cut its arsenic emissions after it was found there was an increased risk of cancer to 12,000 residents in the area.

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Battery test and research firms join forces to launch software

Fri, 05/13/2016 - 15:09 -- Paul Crompton
Battery test and research firms join forces to launch software

Battery test firm Bitrode Corporation and battery research company Gamry Instruments have entered into an agreement to develop and market battery test equipment together.

The two US-based firms have developed a "one-stop" product that brings together Gamry’s measurement software and Bitrode’s laboratory software.

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SK Innovation to expand production of lithium-ion battery separators

Thu, 05/12/2016 - 15:10 -- Paul Crompton
SK Innovation to expand production of lithium-ion battery separators

SK Innovation Co is expanding its lithium-ion battery separator manufacturing facility in China.

The energy solutions arm of South Korean conglomerate SK Group is ramping up output of the battery product in Jeungpyeong, North Chungcheong. Ground-breaking is set for May.

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Singapore firm invests in Indian lead-acid manufacturer

Mon, 05/02/2016 - 00:00 -- Paul Crompton
Singapore firm invests in Indian lead-acid manufacturer

Lead-acid battery newbies Greenvision Technologies has secured an $8million (Rs 52 crore) investment from a Singapore-based venture fund company.

The Indian start-up — which only entered the battery industry three years ago—  gained the funding from Vintage Energy & Resources.

Based in Bengaluru, Greenvision Technologies was founded by Biju Bruno and Atul Mehta to research, design and manufacture AGM and Gel VRLA batteries.

Bruno said: “Our battery business is a new one, and we got there because we discovered that the market potential is huge for batteries, especially in emerging sectors like solar and electric vehicles.”

The firm’s manufacturing facility is based at Hosur in Tamil Nadu. It sells its products under the brand name Relicell, exports its products to the middle-east and Africa and has filed five patent applications.

Relicell batteries are tested and certified by leading laboratories including CPRI (Central Power Research Institute) and ETDC (Electronic Test & Development Centre).

The company recently launched a maintenance-free gel-based battery for home inverter applications, and back in January launched a battery for India’s growing e-rickshaw market.

 

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Global automotive lithium-ion production fell massively short in 2014

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 15:33 -- Paul Crompton
Global automotive lithium-ion production fell massively short in 2014

The hangover of the lithium plant-building boom post 2010 was felt across the lithium-ion battery manufacturing industry in 2014, according to a report by the US Department of Energy.

Not one of the major automotive lithium-ion battery producing nations were able to reach full capacity during 2014 as the global output reached 5.4GWh of its 27.5GWh battery making potential, said the report.

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US lead-acid firm pulls AGM production from China

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 15:31 -- Paul Crompton
US lead-acid firm pulls AGM production from China

US lead-acid manufacturer Crown Battery Corp is moving its Absorbent Glass Matt battery production from China back to North America.

The company said an increase in demand, and a push to increase automation in the manufacturing process, has led to move at its Fremont, Ohio, headquarters.

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Lead-acid firms look beyond SLI to launch new batteries

Fri, 04/15/2016 - 11:52 -- Paul Crompton
Lead-acid firms look beyond SLI to launch new batteries

As lead-acid looks to fend off the onslaught of lithium-ion, battery manufacturers are looking beyond SLI application to launch products into the datacenter and motive markets.

American firm EnerSys’ range of DataSafe XE batteries will outperform lithium-ion’s charging temperature range by using ‘Thin Plate Pure’ lead technology, enabling it to work from -40°C to 50°C.

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GS Yuasa to supply bespoke lead-acid battery for new Prius

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 16:36 -- Paul Crompton
GS Yuasa to supply bespoke lead-acid battery for new Prius

Japanese battery manufacturer GS Yuasa has designed a bespoke lead-acid battery to supply accessory power for the new Toyota Prius.

The 12V LN1 lead-acid battery has been modified from the European cold cranking ampere 1 EN standard to work in Japan’s climate. The LN1 also complies with JIS, the Japanese specification of the EN standard lead-acid batteries.

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Saft ramps up lithium capacity in China to meet demand

Fri, 04/08/2016 - 16:35 -- Paul Crompton
Saft ramps up lithium capacity in China to meet demand

French battery manufacturer Saft is set to double its primary lithium cell production in China to meet growing demand in the Asian markets.

Saft has invested €5million ($5.6million) in the new Zhuhai site in order to double production capacity to 60 million cells per year by Q3 2016.

 
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Chinese lead-acid firms embrace lithium with a vengeance

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 15:00 -- Paul Crompton
Chinese lead-acid firms embrace lithium with a vengeance

Demand for electric vehicles has prompted Chinese lead-acid battery producers to embrace lithium— including two of the country’s biggest firms.

A plethora of lead-acid firms are adjusting their business model to include lithium-ion, with firms doubling lithium-ion output or building lithium battery plants in China, the Shanghai Metal Markets reports.

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