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COVID-19 forces lead battery recycler Recylex’s German subsidiaries to file for insolvency

Wed, 05/20/2020 - 11:42 -- Paul Crompton

The German operating units of French lead battery recycler Recylex have been forced by German law to request the opening of insolvency proceedings.

The management of the battery recycling subsidiaries Weser-Metall, Harz-Metall, Norzinco and PPM Pure Metals have applied to initiate a procedure known as "protective shield” in accordance to the German Insolvancy Code.

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Battery giant Leoch buys out UK lead battery distributor DBS Leoch

Wed, 05/13/2020 - 12:20 -- Paul Crompton

UK-based lead battery distributer DBS Leoch has been bought by its existing parent company, the China multi-national lead battery maker Leoch International Holding.

The battery supplier has changed its name to Leoch Battery UK and will continue to target both the industrial and lifestyle markets. 

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ArcActive wins BCI award for its lead battery DCA material

Tue, 04/28/2020 - 15:02 -- Paul Crompton

Lead battery materials firm ArcActive has been awarded the 2020 Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Innovation Award during the Battery Council International’s (BCI) virtual conference on 27 April.

The New Zealand-based firm has re-engineered the negative electrode of the lead battery to remove the lead grid and replace it with a non-woven carbon fibre fabric (AACarbon™). 

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CBI focuses on lead battery ESS deployment in its latest campaign

Tue, 03/17/2020 - 16:22 -- Paul Crompton

Industrial-scale energy storage systems are the focus of lead battery organisation Consortium of Battery Innovation’s (CBI) 2020 request for proposals (RFP) for technical projects.

CBI’s global membership identified energy storage applications as a prime area in which research into field and laboratory tests for lead battery-based energy storage systems (ESS) was essential.

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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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Lead battery recycling firm Campine has fine reduced for its part in price fixing cartel

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

Campine, the Belgian recycling firm penalised for its part in a scrap lead battery price fixing scandal in 2017, has had its fine reduced on appeal against the European Commission’s decision.

The General Court of the EU made the decision to reduce the imposed fine to €4,3 million from the original €8,2 million given to Campine for its alleged collusion in reducing the purchase price paid to suppliers of used vehicle batteries and scrap lead.

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Battery recycler Doe Run responds to second lead contamination charge in 18 months

Fri, 11/15/2019 - 13:03 -- Paul Crompton

Lead battery recycling firm Doe Run Co. has been fined $1.2 million by Missouri regulators for ‘dozens’ of clean air violations over several years at its center in southeast Missouri.

The fine by Missouri Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) cites emissions at the Buick Resource Recycling Facility and claims the facility had emitted excess lead into the air over ‘several’ years.

Doe Run told BEST: “There’s no question we missed the target with certain regulations, and for that we are both sorry and committed to addressing the remaining issues." 

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Lead battery firm Water Gremlin’s Minnesota plant closed amid lead poisoning in children

Tue, 10/29/2019 - 15:19 -- Paul Crompton

Lead battery terminals maker Water Gremlin has been forced to close its factory in White Bear Township, Minnesota, after children of its employees were found to have elevated blood lead levels on 26 October.

The company’s facility remained closed until midday Friday (1 November) after a judge granted a one day extention to a 72 hour emergency closure. The plant could partly reopen if a Ramsey County District Court judge approves a clean-up plan today.

St. Paul – Ramsey County Public Health investigators determined at least 12 children of workers at the company had elevated blood lead levels, including two children with blood lead levels above 15 micrograms per deciliter (mcg/dL). Blood lead levels above this threshold are considered by health officials to constitute a particularly serious health risk for children.

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Tesla patents ‘secret sauce’ additive but will ‘million mile’ lithium-ion cell reach commercialisation?

Thu, 10/03/2019 - 15:01 -- Paul Crompton

US electric vehicle OEM Tesla's latest patent suggests it has solved the failure issues of high operating temperatures and voltages in lithium-ion technology to make a battery that will last a ‘million miles’.

Tesla’s lead battery researcher Jeff Dahn and members of the Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science in Dalhousie University suggest their lithium-ion pouch cells have a 6,000 cycle life, or 20 years in grid energy storage applications. 

Chris Hale, from Upgradetech Engineers, told BEST: “Until I can hold in my hand a commercially produced cell capable of several thousand cycles, I will always remain sceptical."

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Lead battery association BCI announces new president

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 10:24 -- Paul Crompton
David ‘Dave’ Shaffer

Not-for-profit trade lead battery association Battery Council International (BCI) has confirmed the appointment of David ‘Dave’ Shaffer as its president of the BCI board of directors.

Shaffer started the role on 1 September and succeeds Joseph Walicki who has stepped down as president and resigned from the BCI board of directors on 31 August, which coincides with his retirement.

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