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EU pledges more cash to prop up lithium battery alliance

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Maroš Šefčovič

The European Union is pledging to throw additional cash at projects that support plans for an EU-wide battery cell manufacturing industry to compete with Asia.

The move comes one-year after the launch of the EU Batteries Alliance initiative— which has been heavily criticised for favouring investments in lithium-based technologies for future electric vehicles while attacking the bloc’s lead-acid industry.

Now EU energy chief and European Commission vice-president, Maroš Šefčovič, has said around €1 million of new funding could be made available under a newly-launched ‘Interregional Partnership for Batteries’ (IPB)— “to promote European cooperation across public authorities, research, and industry” in support of the Batteries Alliance.

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Report counts cost of fake batteries

Mon, 02/26/2018 - 12:10 -- John Shepherd
Report counts cost of fake batteries

Counterfeit batteries are costing legitimate manufacturers in the EU around EUR180 million ($221m) in lost business every year, according to a new report.

The study, from the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), said counterfeit batteries mostly affect the vehicle sector, but are also found in the mobile phone market.

 

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Next-gen redox-flow study launched

Tue, 10/03/2017 - 09:52 -- News Editor
Next-gen redox-flow study launched

A European Union-backed research project to develop materials for next-generation redox-flow battery systems has been launched in Germany.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology (FICT) is coordinating the ‘FlowCamp’ project, launched towards the end of last month, to develop materials for three next-generation redox-flow battery systems— hydrogen-bromine, aqueous organic and zinc-air flow battery systems.

 

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EU grant boost for UK LAB recycling research

Mon, 09/04/2017 - 10:32 -- News Editor
EU grant boost for UK LAB recycling research

UK researchers behind the development of a process that aims to “revolutionise” lead-acid battery recycling have been awarded a grant of EUR1.3 million ($1.5m) from the European Union.

The funding boost from the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme has gone to UK-based Aurelius Environmental and Dr Vasant Kumar of the materials science and metallurgy department at the University of Cambridge.

 

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Europe’s top Pb-A recyclers accused of price fixing

Mon, 06/29/2015 - 11:06 -- Paul Crompton
Europe’s top Pb-A recyclers accused of price fixing

European Union antitrust regulators have accused four of Europe’s biggest battery recycling companies with fixing lead recycling prices.

Eco-bat, JCI, Recylex and Campine have been investigated by the European Commission for allegedly fixing the purchase price of scrap lead-acid batteries in Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands.

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