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CBI takes inspiration from lithium-ion to study cycling reactions in lead batteries

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 15:18 -- Paul Crompton

The Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI) is investigating ways to understand the charge/discharge reactions that occur in lead batteries with its members Exide Technologies and ICMA (the Aragon Materials Science Institute). 

The project uses neutron diffraction to study lead batteries, with researchers finishing analysis from an initial study before conducting further neutron work.

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Report backs up lead battery industry’s recyclability boast in the US

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 09:54 -- Paul Crompton

In recent weeks the US lead battery industry has taken some blows to its environment claims, but a new Battery Council International (BCI) report has ratified the widely held understanding that lead batteries– at 99% recyclability– are the most recycled consumer product in the country.

BCI’s biennial report on the recycling rate of lead batteries in the US to mark America Recycles Day on 15 November. 

Lead batteries are used in more than 275 million vehicles in the US and account for more than 70% of the world’s rechargeable power, according to the report produced by SmithBucklin of Chicago and commissioned by BCI.

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Glencore closes 50-year-old lead smelter in Canada for economic reasons

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 13:23 -- Paul Crompton

Glencore Canada Corporation will begin decommissioning its Brunswick lead smelter immediately and cease all operations at the Belledune, Canada, facility by the end of the year.

The facility, which opened in 1966, was closed for financial reasons with the company saying the smelter had lost on average $30 million per year for the past three years.

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Gridtential to produce 24V and 48V lead batteries using its silicon technology next year

Wed, 10/30/2019 - 15:19 -- Paul Crompton

Gridtential Energy plan to produce 24V and 48V versions of lead batteries using its patented Silicon Joule technology throughout next year, the company told BEST Battery Briefing.

The batteries, which replace the lead-grid and cell connecting lead-strap material with a treated silicon wafer, will be made in increasing volumes during the year to provide further ‘manufacturability valuation’.

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US customs seize a shipment of fake lead batteries in San Juan raid

Thu, 10/24/2019 - 12:50 -- Paul Crompton
US customs seize a shipment of fake lead batteries in San Juan raid

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers seized 1,072 counterfeit rechargeable deep-cycle lead batteries at the Port of San Juan, the organisation reported on 23 October.

The total estimated manufacturer suggested retail price of the seized batteries— which displayed “Reverse RU,” a protected trademark—  was around $208,068, said the CBP.  

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Lead battery industry a boon to the US economy and jobs market

Thu, 10/03/2019 - 15:32 -- Paul Crompton
Kevin Moran, executive vice president of BCI

Employee numbers in the US lead battery industry have risen 20% in two years as the market contributed $26 billion in total economic output to the national economy, a new study has found.

By the close of last year, the industry employed 25,000 direct jobs across 38 states according to figures from a study prepared by the EDR Group at the request of Essential Energy Everyday and Battery Council International (BCI). The study was last conducted in 2016. 

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Industry associations join forces to improve global lead battery recycling practices

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 09:53 -- Paul Crompton
Industry associations join forces to improve global lead battery recycling practices

Lead industry associations across North America and Europe have signed a memorandum of cooperation to add their weight to efforts to reduce the impact of informal recycling of lead batteries around the world.

The International Lead Association (ILA), Battery Council International, the European battery association EUROBAT and the Association of Battery Recyclers signed the pact as part of a programme of responsible material stewardship.

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Monitoring is the answer to India’s informal recycling industry

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 10:37 -- Paul Crompton

Solving India’s informal lead-acid battery recycling industry, which saw 1.2 million tonnes of batteries enter its market during 2017-18, is a ‘simple case of monitoring the industry’.

The rise in informal recyclers has grown since power was moved from the regulatory body in New Dehli to the individual states in 2010, L. Pugazhenthy, executive director at India Lead Zinc Development Association, told BEST Battery Briefing on the sidelines of the 18ABC in Bali, Indonesia, last week.

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Industry warned on reputational risk from rogue battery recyclers

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 21:24 -- John Shepherd
Industry warned on reputational risk from rogue battery recyclers

The lead battery industry has been praised for ramping up efforts to tackle rogue recyclers— whose illegitimate activities have been linked to rising death rates in nearly 60 countries.

The president of non-profit organisation Pure Earth, Richard Fuller, told the International Lead Association’s (ILA) Pb2019 conference in Madrid “informal recyclers” were a threat to human health and posed reputational risks for the legitimate lead industry.

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Gravita launches Ghana lead production plant

Wed, 06/12/2019 - 14:06 -- John Shepherd
Gravita launches Ghana lead production plant

Indian lead producer and recycler Gravita has launched commercial production of lead from a subsidiary operation in Ghana, West Africa.

Recycler Ghana Limited said the US$3.1 million Ghana facility has an initial production capacity of 6,000 metric tonnes per annum (MTPA). An additional 6,000 MTPA capacity is set to come on stream at the plant from July 2019.

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