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Chinese lead recycler voices plans to enter lead-acid battery making market

Thu, 10/17/2019 - 11:11 -- Paul Crompton

China’s largest lead producer, Henan Yuguang Gold and Lead, has announced plans to set up a lead-acid battery production line as part of a downstream expansion. 

The firm, based in Henan province, has not decided on a capacity or location for the plant, news outlet Reuters has reported.

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New corporate slogan marks lead battery firm GS Yuasa’s move into lithium-ion

Fri, 10/11/2019 - 10:53 -- Paul Crompton

Lead-acid battery maker GS Yuasa is redefining its brand by establishing a new corporate slogan, “Creating the Future of Energy”, to signal a change in its business model that incorporates lithium-ion. 

The slogan will be used in branding throughout the global GS Yuasa Group and comes ahead of the opening of a €3.5 million ($4.2million) lithium battery manufacturing plant in Hungary for the automotive sector.

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Russia to ignore lithium-ion and lead-acid in growing ESS industry

Fri, 10/04/2019 - 12:28 -- Paul Crompton
Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak

Russia’s energy storage system (ESS) market is forecast to reach $3 billion by 2025 as production costs fall during the next five years, predicts the country’s Ministry of Energy.

However, neither lithium-ion nor lead-acid was included in an approved state program that will run until 2025 for the development of ESSs in Russia.

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French power firm EDF buys battery storage project from lead-acid firm Narada

Fri, 10/04/2019 - 12:17 -- Paul Crompton

Lead-acid battery maker Narada announced on 16 September it had signed a battery storage projects cooperation agreement with EDF Renewables China, the Chinese subsidiary of the French multinational.

The cooperation will start with the acquisition agreement by EDF of a 1.5MW/12MWh battery storage owned and operated since September 2018 by Narada in Jiangsu province, China.

Pic: EDF Renewables China and Narada joined hands on 18th Sep. Mr Tian Yue, CEO of EDF Renewables China (left) and Wang Yuenneng, vice chairman of Narada (right)

 

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E.ON to replace lead-acid for nickel batteries in European substation

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 09:50 -- Paul Crompton
Saft’s Uptimax

Power utility E.ON is replacing lead-acid backup power batteries from a distribution substation in the north west of Hungary with Saft’s nickel cadmium technology. 

The pilot project aims to show how Saft’s Uptimax maintenance-free nickel pocket plate batteries can be installed as a direct Plug and Play replacement for time-served lead-acid batteries. 

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EnerSys manufacturing plant fire on day it reveals plans to buy out rival lead battery maker

Fri, 09/20/2019 - 11:30 -- Paul Crompton

Mixed fortunes at US lead-acid battery maker EnerSys this week as news of its plans to buy out N Holding AB, the parent company of NorthStar, came hours after reports of a fire at its motive power production facility in Kentucky.

On 19 September the firm announced a fire broke out in the battery formation area of its Richmond, Kentucky facility.

The fire came just ahead of EnerSys announcing it has entered into an agreement to acquire all issued and outstanding shares of N Holding AB, the parent company of NorthStar, from Altor Fund II.  

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Microporous’ C-level recruit to navigate growth in lead battery separator market

Tue, 09/17/2019 - 14:08 -- Paul Crompton
Brad Reed

US firm Microporous has hired Brad Reed as director of corporate development to oversee growth in new products and markets for its lead-acid battery separators.

Reed has experience with microporous membranes, including executive vice president and general manager of lithium-ion battery separators firm Celgard, a subsidiary of Polypore International.

In his new role, Reed will be accountable for identifying, developing and coordinating, new markets, new applications, possibly new products, M&A opportunities or joint venture growth opportunities for Microporous.  

A company spokesman told BEST Battery Briefing: “The role is focused on the development and implementation of strategic growth initiatives and projects critical to corporate success.”

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Scientific first as university films lead-acid battery electrodes

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 10:02 -- Paul Crompton
Scientific first as university films lead-acid battery electrodes

Scientists at a Basque university have been the first to use neutron radiography to track the inner workings of a custom-designed neutron friendly lead-acid cell and casing.

The work by the Universidad del País Vasco highlights the potential of neutron imaging for tracking battery function and outlines opportunities for further development.

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Aqua Metals granted lead battery recycling patents in India and Indonesia

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 14:45 -- Paul Crompton
Aqua Metals granted lead battery recycling patents in India and Indonesia

Lead-acid battery recycling firm Aqua Metals has been granted patents in both India and Indonesia in a move that could pave the way for the rollout of its technology into those countries.

The patents are ‘critical’ to allowing the US firm to license its technologies, which include the AquaRefinery system.

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The benefits of thinking ‘inside the box’: lead for the long run

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 14:28 -- Paul Crompton
Ray Goodearl, director, Global Accounts - Performance Additives

Unlocking lead-acid’s true potential will involve advances to the battery’s primary building blocks as company’s like Hammond Group ‘push the envelope’ to develop new innovations, writes the company's Ray Goodearl, director, Global Accounts - Performance Additives.

When I began my battery industry journey in the late 1980s, the idea never crossed my mind that I would spend the next thirty-plus years participating in an industry that impacts so many aspects of our day-to-day lives. 

This was truly beyond my comprehension. Over the last three decades, much has changed in the lead-acid battery.

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