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EU red tape ‘risks exporting battery jobs’, ILA warns

Mon, 10/08/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Thousands of battery jobs risk being axed in Europe and ‘exported’ to overseas competitors as a result of unnecessary and restrictive legislation, lead-acid industry bosses have warned.

A European Commission proposal for an “in-effect ban” on the use of four chemical compounds, mainly used in the manufacture of lead batteries, is still on the table, the head of the International Lead Association (ILA) Dr Andy Bush has warned.

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Berlin urges EU to relax state-aid rules for battery investment

Mon, 09/24/2018 - 11:52 -- John Shepherd
Angela Merkel: Photo: Bundesregierung/Kugler

Germany has started hush-hush talks with EU leaders aimed at relaxing state-aid rules so the government can pump cash into launching of a national battery cell production programme, BEST Battery Briefing has learned.

BBB understands Germany wants to set a faster pace of progress for Europe’s ‘Batteries Alliance’— with Berlin in the driving seat.

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Farasis Energy paves way for EU lithium cell plant

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 14:21 -- John Shepherd
Farasis Energy

San Francisco-based lithium-ion tech company Farasis Energy is pushing ahead with plans to open a “large-scale” European lithium-ion cell production facility after securing financing “exceeding US$1 billion”.

The investment boost from C-round financing comes just two months after the company established a new manufacturing base in Zhenjiang, China with a planned annual capacity of 20 gigawatt-hours.

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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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