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Gravita launches Ghana lead production plant

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 14:06 -- John Shepherd
Gravita launches Ghana lead production plant

Indian lead producer and recycler Gravita has launched commercial production of lead from a subsidiary operation in Ghana, West Africa.

Recycler Ghana Limited said the US$3.1 million Ghana facility has an initial production capacity of 6,000 metric tonnes per annum (MTPA). An additional 6,000 MTPA capacity is set to come on stream at the plant from July 2019.

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Cheaper BESS systems 'to rival fossil-fired peaking plants'

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Cheaper battery storage systems are less than 20 years away from becoming a "competitive" alternative to oil and gas-fired peaking plants, according to a new International Energy Agency (IEA) study.

The cost of battery storage is projected to “decline fast” by 2040 and global BESS capacity could reach 220 giagwatts by 2040, the IEA’s World Energy Outlook 2018 said.

This would see batteries "increasingly compete with gas-fired peaking plants to manage short-run fluctuations in supply and demand"— with the scenario’s projected need for global peaking capacity set to increase by three-quarters compared to 2017.

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Enersys powers into telecoms with Alpha Technologies deal

Mon, 11/05/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
David Shaffer

Lead-acid battery maker Enersys is to acquire the US-based Alpha Technologies in a US$750 million deal to create “the only complete power solution provider for broadband, telecom and energy storage systems”.

Enersys said it had entered into an agreement to acquire all issued and outstanding shares and certain assets of select entities belonging to the Alpha Technologies group of companies.

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EU energy chief’s about-face on lead-acid?

Mon, 10/29/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Maroš Šefčovič with Maroš Šefčovič

The European Union’s energy chief has given his first public indication yet that he personally believes advanced lead-acid batteries can be part of the bloc’s future energy mix, despite months of moves against the technology by European institutions.

Maroš Šefčovič, the European Commission vice-president spearheading EU ‘energy union’ policies, told BEST Battery Briefing that all advanced battery technologies should be deployed— and should benefit from R&D grant aid— if they meet strict new environmental requirements in terms of sustainability in production and supply of materials.

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Aqua Metals share offering follows ‘pure lead milestone’

Thu, 06/21/2018 - 09:49 -- Xuan Zhong
Aqua Metals share offering follows ‘pure lead milestone’

US lead-acid battery-recycling start-up Aqua Metals is raising cash to expand its business after producing its first commercial high-grade lead following months of setbacks.

The company said on 13 June it intended to offer and sell shares of its common stock in an underwritten public offering— using the net proceeds “for working capital, which could include capital expenditures related to addressing operational efficiencies and the expansion of production activities” at its initial AquaRefining facility in McCarran, Nevada. 

 

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11 year-old scientist steals BCI show

Wed, 05/09/2018 - 09:39 -- Xuan Zhong
11 year-old scientist steals BCI show

If there were an award for ‘showstopper performance’ at BCI’s annual convention in Arizona last week 11 year-old Gitanjali Rao would have won hands down.

Not only did the seventh-grader (pictured), recently named as America’s Top Young Scientist, give a rousing account of her research worthy of a seasoned conference speaker— she knew her stuff!

 

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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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Amara Raja deals “mitigate” impact of new lead price rises

Tue, 11/21/2017 - 14:00 -- News Editor
Amara Raja deals “mitigate” impact of new lead price rises

The CEO of India’s Amara Raja Batteries said the firm is braced for further hikes in the price of lead into 2018— but that it has “mitigated” the impact through existing contracts.

S Vijayanad said while LME prices had seen “close to 25% growth” over the past year, the industrial and automotive battery maker expects to see lead prices “in the range of $2,400 to $2,500 per metric ton” by next spring.

 

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Battery storage rise to fuel metals demand, says World Bank

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 09:40 -- News Editor
Battery storage rise to fuel metals demand, says World Bank

The global trend towards using clean energy systems such as battery storage technology will see “heightened demand” for minerals and metals including lead and lithium, according to a new World Bank report.

A shift to a low-carbon future “could result in opportunities for mineral-rich countries”, the report said. But it warned these nations must have “long-term strategies in place that enable them to make smart investment decisions”.

 

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Is lead a four-letter word?

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 09:28 -- Xuan Zhong
Is lead a four-letter word?

The threat of lithium-ion technology taking market share from lead in the battery sector may not be as bad as feared if remarks at Metals Metal Bulletin's 9th World Lead conference in Krakow at the end of last month are taken to heart. But some continue to trash the reputation of the metal calling it a four-letter word.

While some are ignoring the threat, a majority now accepts that lithium-ion is an established alternative and will continue to take market share from lead in batteries.

 

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