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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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EU ‘aware of lead’s value’ to batteries industry

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 11:03 -- John Shepherd
EU ‘aware of lead’s value’ to batteries industry

European Commission chiefs have not ruled out the participation of the lead-acid industry in a proposed ‘batteries alliance’ for Europe— BBB has learned.

Lead producers called on the Commission to urgently rethink its proposals last week, after EU energy chief Maroš Šefčovič used an industry summit in Brussels to float proposals to invest in large-scale battery cells production— but failed to outline support for Europe’s powerhouse lead-acid battery industry.

 

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‘EU needs Airbus-style consortium’ for batteries

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 09:51 -- News Editor
‘EU needs Airbus-style consortium’ for batteries

The EU’s energy chief has called for the creation of a Europe-wide consortium to support the battery industry— to prevent the EU “falling behind” in the race with China and other nations to power electric vehicles (EVs).

Maroš Šefčovič (pictured), the European Commission vice-president responsible for the ‘EU energy union’, said the bloc should invest in an “Airbus for batteries”— a consortium that he said could do for batteries what the European multinational does for the aircraft industry.

 

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EU to future proof Batteries Directive

Tue, 09/26/2017 - 09:41 -- News Editor
EU to future proof Batteries Directive

The European Commission (EC) has launched a public consultation into the EU’s Batteries Directive, as part of a fundamental review of laws governing batteries in Europe.

Current legislation, which came into force in 2006, is based on data and the market situation that existed around the turn of the millennium— before lithium-ion technology had fully come into widespread use.

 

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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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