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EU lead ban ‘backward step for batteries revolution’

Tue, 07/03/2018 - 13:43 -- Xuan Zhong
EU lead ban ‘backward step for batteries revolution’

Battery industry chiefs have warned that a fresh assault on lead by European regulators risks “short-circuiting” proposals for an EU batteries revolution.

The European Chemicals Agency (ECA) said on 27 June it was adding lead metal to the EU REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals) candidate list of substances requiring authorisation.

 

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Attack on lead risks “derailing” EU’s green energy agenda, ILA warns

Tue, 04/24/2018 - 09:49 -- Xuan Zhong
Attack on lead risks “derailing” EU’s green energy agenda, ILA warns

New safety proposals that risk killing off Europe’s lead battery industry could also “inadvertently derail” a host of green energy and recycling initiatives, EU leaders have been warned.

The International Lead Association (ILA) said moves by the Swedish Chemicals Agency (SCA) to have lead metal classified as “substances of very high concern” under EU health and environmental rules— revealed by BBB last month— could ultimately result in a ban on lead used in batteries. 

 

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Legal battle looms over bid to “choke” EU lead-acid supplies

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 11:08 -- John Shepherd
Legal battle looms over bid to “choke” EU lead-acid supplies

A backdoor attempt to “choke off” supplies of key raw materials for Europe’s lead-acid battery industry could face a legal battle, BBB can reveal.

The move was sparked by proposals from the Swedish Chemicals Agency to have lead metal classified as “substances of very high concern” (SVHC) under EU health and environmental rules.

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EU unveils battery alliance roadmap

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 12:04 -- Xuan Zhong
EU unveils battery alliance roadmap

The European Union has unveiled a 20-point action plan to guide development of a newly-launched EU “batteries alliance”.

EU energy chief Maroš Šefčovič (pictured) told last week’s long-awaited summit of battery industry leaders in Brussels the project presented an “immense” challenge— to create “almost from scratch, competitive and sustainable, battery cell manufacturing in Europe supported by a full EU-based value chain”.

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German battery chiefs warn EU over Giga cash dash for lithium

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 11:21 -- John Shepherd
German battery chiefs warn EU over Giga cash dash for lithium

Battery industry leaders in Germany say there is currently “no business case” for “politically-inspired” plans by the European Union to build at least 10 Gigafactories across the bloc for lithium-based batteries.

EU energy chief Maroš Šefčovič said last week the Gigafactories would be needed to produce “green European batteries” for new electric vehicles produced in Europe— and to combat Asia’s increasing dominance in the EV batteries sector.

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EU splashes cash for e-batteries as ‘political priority’

Mon, 11/13/2017 - 10:14 -- John Shepherd
EU splashes cash for e-batteries as ‘political priority’

The European Commission has pledged to pump EUR200 million ($232.5m) of fresh funding into developing “next generation electric batteries” in the EU over the next three years.

The announcement took industry insiders by surprise— coming three months before the Commission is due to finalise a “comprehensive roadmap” to fund an EU ‘batteries alliance’.

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Expert report highlights ‘increasing value’ of storage systems

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 15:37 -- Xuan Zhong
Expert report highlights ‘increasing value’ of storage systems

Europe’s policymakers have been urged to consider “updating” power market frameworks to allow storage systems to compete in providing “secure supplies of affordable electricity at the lowest costs” to consumers.

According to a new report by the European Academies Science Advisory Council (EASAC) – ‘Valuing dedicated storage in electricity grids’ – dedicated electricity storage “has historically had a relatively minor role in the management of Europe’s electricity networks”.

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Batteries are key to EU’s new transport policy

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 11:33 -- Xuan Zhong
Batteries are key to EU’s new transport policy

EUROBAT, the Association of European Automotive and Industrial Battery Manufacturers, has welcomed the strong focus on battery manufacturing in the EU’s new ‘Europe on the Move' policy package.

The European Commission launched the policies to make Europe’s transport sector, which employs more than 11 million people, more competitive, better connected and cleaner. The policy document says it wants to “ensure that the best clean, connected and automated mobility solutions, transport equipment and vehicles will be developed, offered and manufactured in Europe.”

 

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EU helps fund UK’s first battery flywheel system

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 11:27 -- Xuan Zhong
EU helps fund UK’s first battery flywheel system

Despite the UK’s Brexit decision, the European Union is helping to fund the UK’s first battery flywheel system.

The EU is contributing €2.9 ($3.2) million towards the €4 (£4.5) million project from its Horizon 2020 programme, which aims to take “great ideas from the lab to the market”.

 

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€68M ($73M) fines to EU vehicles lead recycling cartel

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 09:49 -- Xuan Zhong
€68M ($73M) fines to EU vehicles lead recycling cartel

Three European lead recycling firms have been fined a total of €68 million ($73 million) by the European Commission for fixing the purchasing price of scrap automotive batteries.

Eco-Bat Technologies (UK), Campine (Belgium) and Recylex (France), were each fined for their part in the cartel. The fourth, Johnson Controls, escaped a fine because it blew the whistle on the malpractice.

 

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