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ALABC-Exide launch energy storage project

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 11:06 -- News Editor
ALABC-Exide launch energy storage project

The Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC) and Exide Spain are launching a two-year study into the use of carbon nano materials in the positive active mass.

The objective of the new project “is to investigate potential significant benefits, such as improved energy efficiency and cycle life for lead batteries in energy storage applications, through the use of nano-carbon on the positive plate”, the ALABC said.

 

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Exide’s lead-acid Marine Batteries Approved by DNV GL

Tue, 12/22/2015 - 13:27 -- Paul Crompton
Exide’s lead-acid Marine Batteries Approved by DNV GL

 Battery giant Exide Technologies has obtained type approval for 24 of its lead-acid marine and leisure batteries from DNV GL

The international certification body approved four new Exide AGM batteries for the first time following independent tests to determine if the products meet the highest standards of safety and reliability at sea. 

Twenty of the US firm’s GEL and AGM (absorbed glass mat) batteries were reapproved, four years after first achieving the status.

As part of the certification process, DNV GL travelled to Exide’s factories in Spain, Germany, Italy and the United States, examining quality controls and the standard of batteries produced at each location.

“We are very proud of this accomplishment. DNV GL certification is the ultimate endorsement for a marine product, showing that meticulous care went into every detail,” said Michael Geiger, VP Sales & Marketing – EMEA at Exide Technologies.

The stringent certification process must be repeated every four years to ensure continued compliance.

Exide ups AGM production in Poland

Fri, 05/22/2015 - 10:41 -- Paul Crompton
Exide ups AGM production in Poland

American battery manufacturer Exide Technologies has added additional capacity for production lead-acid batteries at its plant in Poznań, Poland

In the company’s biggest European investment project to date, it has added EIRICH machines to boost production of its Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) batteries.

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Exide closes Pb-A battery recycling plant to avoid prosecution

Fri, 03/13/2015 - 14:39 -- Paul Crompton
Exide closes Pb-A battery recycling plant to avoid prosecution

Exide Technologies is to close its troubled Vernon lead-acid battery recycling plant after entering into an non-prosecution agreement with US officials.

The plant will permanently close following a deal with the Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California that resolves the USAO’s criminal investigation into Exide. 

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Exide hit with 8 toxic waste violations at its lead-acid US recycling plant

Thu, 02/05/2015 - 16:07 -- Paul Crompton
Exide hit with 8 toxic waste violations at its lead-acid US recycling plant

American lead-acid battery manufacturer Exide Technologies has received eight violations for failing to protect against toxic waste spills at its battery recycling plant in Vernon.

An inspection by the Californian Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency inspectors on 20 and 21 January, 2015, and oversight activities on 12 December, 2014 revealed incidents of non-compliance with Exide’s hazardous waste permit at the plant during an inspection of the facility.

Among the most serious violations observed by DTSC inspectors was treatment of contaminated sludge in tanks that Exide is not authorised to operate at its Vernon facility.

Inspectors also found evidence the company had failed to sufficiently protect against spills in an area where it stores materials including battery acid.

Exide recovers lead from lead bearing plant scrap and secondary materials, primarily from lead-acid battery manufacturers. These activities require a hazardous waste facility permit from DTSC.

Exide is one of only two lead-acid battery-recycling plants west of the Rocky Mountains in western America.

The Vernon plant had a capacity of recovering 100,000 to 120,000 tons of lead per year, equivalent to recycling 11 million car batteries, according to the DTSC website.

In a statement Exide said it is working to fix the violations and was set to spend $15 million to upgrade the Vernon plant, total bringing its total investment in environmental, health and safety measures at the Vernon facility to $35 million since 2010.

Tom Strang, vice president, environment health and safety for the Americas at Exide Technologies, as said: “The company is already taking action pursuant to the Notice and will continue to work with the DTSC so that all applicable standards and protocols are met. We intend to operate a premier recycling facility.”

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Curse of Vernon hangs of Exide bankruptcy exit

Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:09 -- Gerry Woolf
Exide facility in Vernon

Exide Technologies Inc has produced its Chapter 11 bankruptcy exit plan that spells how it plans to be clear of its burden by March 2015. It needs $175m in new investment as well as complicated debt for equity swaps with major lenders but much hinges on the troubled Vernon California plant.

This has already cost it $69m since April and could cost another $98m more over the next few years if it is allowed to re-open. No calculation is given as to what it would cost to get lead from elsewhere.

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Deadline set for Exide’s Vernon smelter permit

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 10:10 -- Editor
Exide facility

California has set a deadline for the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) to make a decision on whether to issue a final permit to Exide’s beleaguered Vernon lead smelter.

The Vernon plant has been operating on a temporary permit for decades but a new bill signed by California Governor Jerry Brown requires that the DTSC make its decision by December 31, 2015.

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Exide slapped with subpoena in connection with Vernon plant

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 17:02 -- Editor
Exide facility in Vernon

Exide Technologies has been hit with a grand jury subpoena in connection with a criminal investigation involving its Vernon lead-recycling plant in California.

In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Exide revealed the August 8 subpoena seeks "documents relating to materials transportation and air emissions." Exide itself and "certain unidentified individuals" are targets of the investigation" being conducted by the Justice Department in the Central District of California.

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