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Legal battle looms over bid to “choke” EU lead-acid supplies

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 11:08 -- John Shepherd
Legal battle looms over bid to “choke” EU lead-acid supplies

A backdoor attempt to “choke off” supplies of key raw materials for Europe’s lead-acid battery industry could face a legal battle, BBB can reveal.

The move was sparked by proposals from the Swedish Chemicals Agency to have lead metal classified as “substances of very high concern” (SVHC) under EU health and environmental rules.

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German battery chiefs warn EU over Giga cash dash for lithium

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 11:21 -- John Shepherd
German battery chiefs warn EU over Giga cash dash for lithium

Battery industry leaders in Germany say there is currently “no business case” for “politically-inspired” plans by the European Union to build at least 10 Gigafactories across the bloc for lithium-based batteries.

EU energy chief Maroš Šefčovič said last week the Gigafactories would be needed to produce “green European batteries” for new electric vehicles produced in Europe— and to combat Asia’s increasing dominance in the EV batteries sector.

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Taiwan launches energy storage “alliance”

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 12:15 -- Xuan Zhong
Taiwan launches energy storage “alliance”

Industry leaders in Taiwan have reported launched an “alliance” to promote the development of the domestic energy storage market— and boost the take-up of lithium-ion systems.

The Taiwan Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers’ Association (TEEMA) launched the initiative on 31 January with founding members including the Taiwan Power Company, ITRI and Taiwan Institute of Economic Research, according to state media channel CNA.

 

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Younicos swaps lead for lithium storage in Hawaii

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 12:13 -- Xuan Zhong
Younicos swaps lead for lithium storage in Hawaii

Younicos is to replace a lead-acid battery storage system at one of the largest wind farms in Hawaii with Samsung SDI lithium-ion technology.

Younicos, a subsidiary of Scotland-based Aggreko, said it has signed a deal with US renewable power operator, TerraForm Power, to install a 10MW lithium battery system that marries with its Y.Q Younicos control software, to upgrade energy storage at the Kaheawa wind farm, on the island of Maui.

 

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‘Lead-acid recycling plant bid gets green light’

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 12:31 -- John Shepherd
‘Lead-acid recycling plant bid gets green light’

Proposals to build a multi-million-dollar lead-acid battery recycling plant in eastern Australia have reportedly been given the go-ahead.

An application by Pymore Recyclers International (PRI) to invest AUD39.8 million ($31.9m) in the project, in an industrial zone at Kurri Kurri, in the state of New South Wales, has been granted by the state’s planning and environment department, the Maitland Mercury said.

 

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Aqua Metals ‘to fight law suit claims’

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 11:23 -- John Shepherd
Aqua Metals ‘to fight law suit claims’

US lead-acid battery-recycling start-up Aqua Metals has pledged to “vigorously” defend itself against allegations that it has been “misleading” investors about its technology.

Aqua Metals has previously declined to comment on class action complaints made towards the end of 2017— after the company admitted it was “significantly behind schedule” with production and was “retrofitting” equipment to tackle production problems.

 

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Aqua Metals admits ‘significant’ delay as losses mount

Mon, 11/20/2017 - 10:28 -- John Shepherd
Aqua Metals admits ‘significant’ delay as losses mount

The head of US lead-acid battery recycling start-up Aqua Metals has admitted the firm is “significantly behind schedule” in its production plans.

Chairman and CEO Dr Stephen Clarke (pictured) said earlier this year that Aqua Metals, which wants to commercialise a water-based recycling process, was preparing for “explosive growth” in 2018.

 

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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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