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Greek battery firm launches US subsidiary to target industrial lead-acid and lithium-ion EV market

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 13:31 -- Paul Crompton

Greek battery firm Systems Sunlight has established a US subsidiary as it prepares to build a lead-acid and lithium-ion manufacturing plant in North Carolina.

The wholly owned subsidiary, Sunlight Batteries USA, will begin assembling and distributing lead and lithium batteries for electric industrial vehicles (EiVs) in Guildford County next year.

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Encouraging tests as EEStor plans to usurp lead-acid with bipolar supercapacitors

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 15:24 -- Paul Crompton

Bipolar technology firm EEStor Corp. and FWG have revealed independent test results demonstrating the energy density of its doped-carbon supercapacitors is on average of 53.31Wh/kg.

A report by inspection, verification, testing and certification company SGS-CSTC was prepared after tests on five single cell devices weighing around 36 grams each at its electrical safety laboratory in Shenzhen, China. 

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China’s recycling agenda drives forward despite analysts predicting big financial losses for LFP recyclers

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 15:44 -- Paul Crompton

A second province in China has announced plans to capitalise on the lead-acid and lithium-ion battery recycling sector in as many weeks as the country positions itself to become a world leader through a series of government led regulations.

The latest province to announce plans is Sichuan where 35 firms have requested licenses to collect and transfer waste lead-acid batteries.

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Aqua Metals forced to halt operations after fire at lead-acid recycling plant

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 15:37 -- Paul Crompton

Lead-acid battery recycler Aqua Metals is counting the cost of a fire this week that caused ‘significant’ damage to its Aquarefinery area of its Nevada, US, plant.

The company’s equipment, including all 16 AquaRefining modules, control wiring and other supporting infrastructure, were damaged by the heat and smoke from the fire on 29 November

After initial damage assessments, the company believes it will incur a cost and delay in operating any processes within the plant, although it was not able to say how long, and at what cost.

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ABC secures seventh licensee of its bipolar lead-acid battery technology

Thu, 11/28/2019 - 14:53 -- Paul Crompton

Bipolar battery firm Advanced Battery Concepts has secured its seventh licensee of its lead-acid GreenSeal® technology.

The unnamed company has acquired licensing rights to the US firm’s full suite of technologies to ‘provide a strategic advantage in the industrial markets it serves’. 

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EEStor and FWG merge to usurp lead-acid industry with doped-carbon battery alternative

Thu, 11/14/2019 - 14:59 -- Paul Crompton
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Canadian energy storage firm EEStor Corporation has entered into a letter of intent (LoI) to merge with research firm FWG in a bid to commercialise an alternative to lead-acid batteries.

The LoI paves the way for the integration of EEStor’s composition modified barium titanate (CMBT) powder and the UK firm’s graphene and carbon-based materials.  

 

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UK firms to light up Africa with repurposed lithium-ion batteries

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 13:38 -- Paul Crompton

Cells from solar lamps are to be reused to make batteries to power homes in Kenya following a partnership between lithium battery firm Aceleron and UK firm Total Access to Energy Solutions (TATES).

The first stage of the project will see Aceleron convert TATES waste lithium-ion battery cells into reusable battery packs for off-grid applications across Kenya and the surrounding area including Benin, Rwanda and Libya. 

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Lead batteries left out of consultation document as UK proposes to increase planning threshold for ESS projects

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 14:00 -- Paul Crompton

Lead batteries were omitted from the UK government’s consultation paper suggesting the planning threshold for energy storage system (ESS) projects in England is raised— making it easier for higher capacity energy storage projects to be deployed.

The recommendation to lift the 50MW planning cap for ESS projects follows a 10-month consultation by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

However, BEIS stated in the document that it didn't believe it is appropriate to establish a specific  threshold for electricity storage (except pumped hydro), and instead believed that it would be more appropriate that projects of this kind are considered and determined by local planning authorities. 

A BEIS spokesman told BEST the document states the organisation has selected a 'sample of different technologies'.

"All energy storage technologies, except pumped hydro, are included in the proposed changes and this includes the technologies that we haven’t specifically mentioned by name including lead-acid," they said.

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GS Yuasa’s first overseas lithium-ion battery plant starts operations in Hungary

Wed, 10/23/2019 - 15:17 -- Paul Crompton

Lead-acid battery maker GS Yuasa has begun operations at its first lithium-ion battery manufacturing facility outside of Japan— although the company is ‘not allowed’ to release information on the type of cell.

GS Yuasa Hungary, a subsidiary of the Japan-based firm, announced it has started production of automotive 12V lithium-ion batteries at its plant in Miskolc, Hungary.

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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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