China has introduced a cradle to grave lead-acid battery monitoring system that will put recycling responsibilities on the manufacturer.
Chinese battery producers have begun raising battery prices due to the rocketing cost of lead, which has climbed above ¥21,000 ($3,051)/ tonne, according to Shanghai Metal Market data.
Lead values jumped ¥5,600 ($814)/ tonne in November— with prices hitting the highest since April 28, 2008.
Chinese battery manufacturer Chaowei Group has founded a new company to make electric vehicles with a choice of lead-acid or lithium-ion battery.
Chaowei has invested ¥3.5 billion ($508 million) into its new company called Zhejiang Plante Electric Vehicle.
Chinese lead-acid battery firm Senrun Recycling Metal Products has announced a ¥120 million ($17 million) investment in a scrap lead-acid battery recycling project.
The project aims to turn 150,000 mt of scrap batteries into 75,800 mt of refined lead and lead alloy annually at the Metallurgical and Chemical Park of Linxi Industrial Park, Chifeng, City, Inner Mongolia.
Chinese VRLA battery maker Sacred Sun is to supply its lead carbon technology for use in two micro-grid systems in Asia.
The first 1MWh micro-grid project will be used on a ‘militarily confidential’ island in the south of China, where it will be coupled with a 120KWp PV panel. The second is a solar–diesel-battery (both lithium-ion and lead carbon) micro-grid power plant for the China Huadian Corporation (CHD) Tibet renewable energy project.
US ultracapacitor-based energy storage firm Maxwell Technologies has confirmed the first commercial application of its lithium-ion capacitors as it continues to embrace the potential of China’s railway market.
The technology was developed in conjunction with Chinese rail manufacturer China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation (CRRC-SRI).
Chinese lithium battery company BAK Battery has stopped using ‘low quality’ Chinese copper and aluminum foil— preferring instead American and Japanese products.
BAK’s chairman Shuquan Zhang said on their website that the company uses foreign foil because they make better performing batteries.
Johnson Controls cited rising start-stop vehicle demand for expanding production capacity of its Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) batteries in China.
The US firm is increasing the capacity of its AGM production lines in its Changxing Plant, Zhejiang province facility to more than three million units a year.
As Chinese interest in the burgeoning domestic new-energy vehicles and energy storage business hots up, one of the major lead-acid battery manufacturers in China, Sacred Sun announced recently it has put aside 0.85billion RMB (US$125M) for acquisitions and mergers with appropriate companies in the lithium ion supply chain.
The first investments are in SHIHLIEN APEX Huai’an and Yancheng (Jiangsu Province) Co. Ltd.—businesses which were founded in 2012. Their main activity is in motive power lithium ion battery manufacture. The current production capacity is 150 million Ah/year.
Enpower Energy, a Chinese manufacturer of aqueous ion batteries plans to complete large-scale tests of its aqueous ion batteries by the end of this year and move to mass production in the middle of 2017, according to the Shanghai daily Newspaper.
The first generation 20MWh aqueous ion battery energy storage system can ensure that the cost of each charge and discharge cycle is less than $0.19 / kWh, which is cheaper than lithium-ion battery systems and lead-acid battery systems.