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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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Engitec building lead recycling plants in Spain, China

Mon, 02/18/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Italian engineering firm Engitec Technologies has been contracted to expand a lead battery recycling facility in Spain.

The Metalurgica de Medina plant at Medina del Campo, in northwest Spain, will be expanded by some 600 square metres and increase processing capacity from more than 30,000 tonnes of batteries annually to around 120,000 tonnes a year.

The project is expected to be complete by the end of 2019. Engitec did not disclose the cost of the project.

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Monbat signs bipolar tech licensing deal with ABC

Mon, 01/07/2019 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd
Ed Shaffer

Bulgarian lead-acid battery manufacturer Monbat has signed a licensing rights agreement with US bipolar battery tech company Advanced Battery Concepts (ABC).

Monbat has acquired rights to the “full suite” of GreenSeal bipolar led battery technologies, ABC said.

CEO and chairman of Monbat Atanas Bobokov said his company had “seen the competitive advantages GreenSeal offers lead battery manufacturers… and envisaged many potential applications” for the technology.

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Advanced lead ‘reliable and competitive for storage’

Tue, 10/30/2018 - 15:05 -- John Shepherd

Advanced lead batteries are proving an “effective energy storage and distribution option” for projects including frequency regulation, wind and solar generated electricity and local energy grids, an international conference was told.

Battery expert Dr Geoffrey May told the Energy Storage Global Conference in Brussels new developments in lead battery technology, including reduced sulfation, are enhancing performance in shallow cycling.

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Lead batteries best on environmental footprint

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 10:54 -- News Editor
Lead batteries best on environmental footprint

The use of lead batteries in advanced hybrid and electric vehicles is likely to contribute significantly to carbon foot print reduction, according to Alistair Davidson of the International Lead Association (ILA).

Speaking at the Advanced Automotive Battery Conference in Mainz Germany this week, Dr Davidson, director of products and sustainability at ILA, explained that life cycle assessment of the use of lead batteries gave a doubled benefit to the environment in terms of 99% collection and recycling rate, coupled with reduced emissions from automobiles from technologies such as start-stop and micro-hybrid applications.

 

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ALABC joins German partners for battery study

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 10:15 -- Xuan Zhong
ALABC joins German partners for battery study

The Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC) has joined forces with three German institutes for a study to evaluate DCA and water loss in lead batteries.

The study will focus on testing laboratory cells for standard sized industry electrodes “under real-world application profiles” with partial state of charge conditions, the ALABC said.

 

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