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Chinese people’s choice of four wheels over two will drive E-bike demise

Tue, 05/31/2016 - 13:59 -- Paul Crompton
Chinese people’s choice of four wheels over two will drive E-bike demise

China’s largest battery maker Chaowei has admitted the domestic lead-acid E bike battery market has stopped growing and will only remain stable for the next five years.

While lead-acid remains the main choice for consumers because of cost, the market for E bike batteries as a whole will slow down simply because lithium-ion E bikes won’t factor either.

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Tesla looks to Korea for its lithium-ion EV battery supply

Fri, 05/27/2016 - 16:00 -- Paul Crompton
Tesla looks to Korea for its lithium-ion EV battery supply

With 400,000 pre-orders of its model 3, Tesla is looking beyond the Japanese lithium-ion battery maker Panasonic for its supply to ensure it can meet demand, reports the Korea Times.

Some Korean companies are also getting in on the act to supply materials for those batteries.

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Is Eco-Bat’s market teasing lead-acid battery the industry’s greenest yet?

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 13:44 -- Paul Crompton
Is Eco-Bat’s market teasing lead-acid battery the industry’s greenest yet?

The lead-acid battery industry likes to push the PR line that it is one of the most recycled products on the planet at around 96%— but the battery’s reusable material currently sits at around 65%.

That was until UK headquartered Eco-Bat developed a 12V flooded battery made from 92% recycled materials, including the lead and acid electrolyte.

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Chinese EV battery firms told to meet new rules or lose subsidies

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 12:09 -- Paul Crompton
Chinese EV battery firms told to meet new rules or lose subsidies

China has announced it will only give state subsidies to Electric Vehicle battery makers who qualify for listing in a new directory.

Only firms that meet certain criteria will be included in the directory, which will go live in July 2017.

The criteria include agreeing to undergo extended inspections in which tests could be carried out on batteries and systems to ensure they and the facility are “consistent with the vehicle battery industry standard conditions... in addition to the scale of production and other aspects of the requirements” that were released in 2015.

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Sub-Saharan Africa’s lead-acid battery problems destroying industry’s green credentials

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 15:27 -- Paul Crompton
Sub-Saharan Africa’s lead-acid battery problems destroying industry’s green credentials

A damning report about battery recycling in Africa lays waste to the lead-acid industry’s claims that regulations are making it environmentally better and safer than lithium-ion.

The findings, from The Lead Recycling Africa Project, have found lead poisoning is severely under-reported in sub-Saharan Africa, where 800,000 tonnes (8% of annual world production) is made available each year for recycling.

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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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