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LIBs inch ahead in battery market, but Pb has power to grow

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 15:33 -- John Shepherd
LIBs inch ahead in battery market, but Pb has power to grow

Lithium-ion batteries have grabbed a larger slice of the worldwide battery market than lead for the first time, but Pb will continue to grow at a “modest rate”, according to a top industry analyst.

Battery expert Dr Geoffrey May (pictured) told the International Lead Association’s PB2019 conference in Madrid that lithium-ion had a worldwide market share of US$40 billion in 2018, compared to $37.5bn for lead. This was the first time lithium-ion batteries had been ahead, he said.

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Call for EU to rethink competition laws to aid battery makers

Fri, 06/14/2019 - 17:39 -- John Shepherd
Call for EU to rethink competition laws to aid battery makers

The European Union needs to rethink competition laws to better compete in the batteries market with Asian players, a German ministerial aide has told European battery manufacturers.

But Thomas Bareiss (pictured), parliamentary state secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, admitted that while Germany wanted to be “agnostic” in terms of its support for battery technologies, lithium-ion is currently favoured over lead-acid to build a European battery cells industry to cater for electric vehicles.

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Aqua Metals hails three-month ingot production record

Tue, 06/11/2019 - 14:09 -- John Shepherd
Aqua Metals hails three-month ingot production record

US lead-acid battery recycler Aqua Metals has announced record ingot production figures for three months of this year at its AquaRefining plant in Nevada.

The company said it had achieved “sequential production records” of AquaRefined lead as well as lead metal bullion in March, April and May. 

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Microporous partners China’s Zisun for AGM separators

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 12:56 -- John Shepherd
Microporous partners China’s Zisun for AGM separators

US-based lead-acid separator firm Microporous has agreed a global partnership deal with Chinese micro-glass fibre firm Zisun Technology to manufacture, develop and distribute AGM battery separators.

Microporous said the deal would see it add AGM separators to its product portfolio and combine “leading expertise in lead-acid battery chemistry and separator engineering with high-end micro glass fibre and related wet laid technologies”.

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African battery makers in trademark tussle

Thu, 05/30/2019 - 12:46 -- John Shepherd
African battery makers in trademark tussle

A court has slapped a temporary ban on the sale and production of lead-acid batteries by a new manufacturer in Uganda amid a trademark spat.

Lead-acid company Nile Batteries Limited (NBL) entered the African nation’s battery-producing market last year— but has been served with the temporary ban, following claims its product infringes on a trademark registered and owned by rival Uganda Batteries Limited (UBL).

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Aqua Metals upbeat on shares offer despite Q1 loss

Fri, 05/10/2019 - 12:05 -- John Shepherd
Aqua Metals upbeat on shares offer despite Q1 loss

US lead-acid battery recycler Aqua Metals, which posted a first-quarter net loss of US$11.7 million, said it intends to offer and sell shares of its common stock in an underwritten public offering. 

The loss reflected several non-cash items, including expenses related to the firm’s agreement with the US arm of France’s transnational Veolia group to operate and manage its AquaRefining plant in Nevada.

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Pb is ‘mainstream contender’ for US battery funding, BCI told

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 12:19 -- News Editor
Pb is ‘mainstream contender’ for US battery funding, BCI told

Lead-acid is a mainstream contender for funding to develop battery technology in the US, delegates to Battery Council International’s (BCI) annual convention have been told.

It was clear federal funding will take “an equal opportunities approach to other chemistries with much higher energy densities”, said BESTmag technical editor Dr Mike McDonagh, who attended the BCI event in New Orleans.

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Generac acquires lead and lithium battery storage firm Pika

Fri, 05/03/2019 - 11:21 -- John Shepherd
Generac acquires lead and lithium battery storage firm Pika

US-based power products group Generac Holdings has acquired lead-acid and lithium-ion battery storage firm Pika Energy for an undisclosed sum.

Generac president and CEO Aaron Jagdfeld said Pika’s development of systems for the residential and commercial market would give the group “a considerable edge as we expand into the rapidly developing market for energy storage”.

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Former JCI business relaunched as Clarios

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 14:49 -- John Shepherd
Former JCI business relaunched as Clarios

The US-based batteries business formerly known as Johnson Controls Power Solutions has been relaunched as Clarios— with a pledge to further invest in its lead-acid and lithium products.

Power Solutions was acquired by US and Canadian investment firms Brookfield Business Partners and CDPQ last year.

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GS Yuasa expands lead-acid base in Turkey

Thu, 04/25/2019 - 15:49 -- John Shepherd
GS Yuasa expands lead-acid base in Turkey

Japan-based GS Yuasa has launched operations at its new joint venture lead-acid battery manufacturing plant in Turkey.

The 100 million Turkish lira (US$17m) plant (pictured) in Manisa, is operated by Inci GS Yuasa, a subsidiary of Inci Holding and GS Yuasa.

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