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Battery associations launch initiative to ensure lead-battery industry’s positive global impact

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 11:34 -- Paul Crompton

Lead and lead-battery industry groups have adopted seven guiding principles designed to serve as a best practice in the protection of workers and the industry’s wider environmental impact. 

The groups will develop performance indicators and policies to ensure continuous improvement in the management of lead exposure and emissions and minimise the environmental impact of used lead batteries. 

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BCI’s first in-house lawyer highlights issues affecting lead battery industry

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 12:07 -- Paul Crompton

Lead battery organisation Battery Council International (BCI) has hired its first in-house lawyer to lead regulatory and legislative efforts, it was announced on 7 January.

Roger Miksad was hired as senior vice president and general counsel after a decade of working for the Chicago, US, based organisation as a member of David Weinberg’s team at Wiley Rein. 

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Digatron completes fourth C-level appointment as it looks to target Asia's battery market

Tue, 12/10/2019 - 14:31 -- Paul Crompton

Battery test and formation firm Digatron Power Electronics has announced the latest in a string of managerial changes as it pushes into the global lithium-ion and lead-acid markets.

Last month, Digatron promoted He Zhou to general manager charged with strengthening, growing and developing the company’s China subsidiary Digatron (Qingdao) Electronics.

Image: (From right) : Rolf Beckers, He Zhou and Kevin Campbell 

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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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