A review of China’s approach to recycling lead and lithium-ion batteries has been launched aimed at proposing “a complete and efficient” nationwide power battery system.
The China Energy Storage Alliance (CNESA) said the study by industry leaders and academics would “explore future system design and policy development direction”.
Newly-appointed Aqua Metals president Steve Cotton, who left the novel lead-acid battery recycling firm just over a year ago, has admitted the company is still working on getting its process modules to “steady state” operation— and will probably be operating as little as four of them in the coming months to get things right as the company moves to scale.
Concentrating on the technology is unlikely to improve the company’s bottom line for some time. However, the original business model was premised on being able to sell fund development through the sale of sufficient refined lead.
India’s Exide Industries is set to expand a production plant in West Bengal in collaboration with Japanese manufacturer Furukawa Battery to supply batteries for bullet trains.
Exide Industries CEO and MD Gautam Chatterjee (pictured) was quoted as telling the Economic Times: “The expansion project will mainly produce high-end nickel-cadmium batteries in technical collaboration with Furukawa.”
Indian lead-acid battery maker Amara Raja Batteries has opened a new trading base in the United Arab Emirates to expand sales across the Middle East.
The company told the Bombay Stock Exchange its new, wholly-owned subsidiary, Amara Raja Batteries Middle East, will operate from the Sharjah Airport International Free Zone trading in batteries and related products.
The Jaipur arm of Indian lead producer and exporter Gravita has become the first Indian business to join the International Lead Association (ILA).
Gravita’s Jaipur-based lead smelting operation, recycles used lead batteries and aluminium scrap to produce a range of quality metals and metal alloys, together with a range of plastic by-products.
Italian lead-acid battery maker is reportedly in talks with majority owner Hitachi Chemicals to introduce new products and expand into new international markets.
Fiamm will focus on “increasing integration”, specifically for the automotive battery sector, in products and technological expertise with Hitachi, according to Italian automotive journalNotiziario Motoristico.
Lead-acid battery machinery maker TBS Engineering has opened the doors of its new UK headquarters in Gloucestershire.
The GBP15 million ($20m), 100,000 square feet manufacturing and engineering facility includes 80,000 sq ft of manufacturing space and offices.