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Gridtential injects new blood to boost lead technology

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 09:44 -- Xuan Zhong
Gridtential injects new blood to boost lead technology

US lead-acid battery technology firm Gridtential has appointed John Barton as the company’s new CEO and welcomed Bob Gruenstern to its technical advisory board.

Gridtential said the move would help accelerate its plans for the commercialisation of its patented Silicon Joule battery technology.

 

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Shoto develops carbon fibre-grid battery for start-stop

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 09:37 -- Xuan Zhong
Shoto develops carbon fibre-grid battery for start-stop

Chinese lead-acid battery company Shuangdeng Group (Shoto) said it has developed a new carbon fibre-grid battery technology that could be used for start-stop systems.

The battery “completely subverts the traditional lead-acid battery manufacturing process, using carbon fibre mat instead of a lead alloy skeleton”, Shoto said.

 

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Exide expands production in Missouri

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 09:36 -- Xuan Zhong
Exide expands production in Missouri

Lead-acid firm Exide Technologies is investing more than $35 million in a punched grid-manufacturing site in the US state of Missouri.

The US firm said the 180,000 sq ft facility in Kansas City will be “the most advanced of its kind”— with a production capacity of more than three billion grids each year.

 

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Monbat boosts investment plans with EUR30m bond issue

Tue, 10/17/2017 - 09:23 -- News Editor
Monbat boosts investment plans with EUR30m bond issue

The board of Bulgarian lead-acid battery manufacturer Monbat has given the go-ahead for the firm to issue seven-year corporate bonds worth up to EUR30 million ($35.4m).

Monbat told Bulgaria’s Financial Supervision Commission that the decision, made on 10 October, will see the company issue up to 30,000 bonds with a nominal value of EUR1,000 each.

 

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Ho joins Hammond as VP of R&D

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 10:17 -- News Editor
Ho joins Hammond as VP of R&D

The Hammond Group has appointed Dr Marvin Ho as VP of research and development.

Dr Ho is an electrochemist with more than 25 years of experience in energy storage technologies from in his work with the Trojan Battery Company and CSB Battery Technologies – now part of Hitachi Chemical Energy Technology Co.

 

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Sensor targets acid stratification

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 09:27 -- News Editor
Sensor targets acid stratification

A new ‘sensor’ developed to combat acid stratification has been unveiled by Johnson Controls. 

The sensor, presented at last month’s international conference on lead-acid batteries (LABAT17) in Sofia, Bulgaria, comprises an array of several electrochemical mini-cell sensors that simultaneously and continuously measure electrolyte density in different parts of battery cells.

 

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Monbat moves into lithium-ion with German acquisitions

Mon, 07/03/2017 - 10:55 -- News Editor
Monbat moves into lithium-ion with German acquisitions

Bulgarian lead-acid battery manufacturer Monbat has moved into the lithium-ion business with the acquisition of German peers Gaia Akkumulatorenwerke and EAS Germany.

The financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, but Monbat said it had acquired 100% of all tangible and intangible assets of both companies and is merging them into the EAS Batteries business in Nordhausen, northeast Germany.

 

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Clarke buys Ebonex for a song — but why?

Tue, 04/25/2017 - 09:10 -- Xuan Zhong
Clarke buys Ebonex for a song — but why?

Steve Clarke, founder of Aquametals, didn’t buy his father’s old company, Ebonex, out of sentimentality last week.

Aquametals, the recent start up in non-conventional lead-acid battery recycling, acquired UK-based Ebonex IPR Limited for 123,776 shares of Aquametals common stock and $100,000 in cash — or a “song”*, Clarke told BBB.

 

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Hitachi is to supply hybrid BESS to the Polish small grid demonstration project

Tue, 03/28/2017 - 10:32 -- Xuan Zhong
Hitachi is to supply hybrid BESS to the Polish small grid demonstration project

Japanese technology giant Hitachi has announced it will work with other six organizations and firms to deliver a smart grid demonstration project using hybrid (lithium-ion and lead-acid) battery energy storage system (BESS) in Poland.

The New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization and the Ministry of Energy of Poland have clinched a memorandum of understanding to support the Polish power system security.

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Lead-acid powers solar microgrid project in US University’s campus

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 09:44 -- Xuan Zhong

The Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC) is aiming to prove that lead-acid can compete with lithium-ion in a renewable energy microgrid application at a US university.

Missouri University of Science and Technology’s (Missouri S&T) and ALABC have teamed up for the solar microgrid project that replaces the existing lithium-ion battery with lead-acid.

 

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