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US Battery partners with Gridtential Energy to mass market bipolar lead-acid batteries

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 15:57 -- Paul Crompton

Lead battery maker Gridtential Energy has entered into a formal agreement to collaborate on its Silicon Joule™ bipolar battery technology with flooded lead-acid battery firm US Battery.

Under the terms of the agreement, the firms will industrialise bipolar plate pasting and curing processes.

The partnership will also include assembling and testing Silicon Joule™ bipolar AGM batteries using US Battery’s active material.

The goal is to improve the batteries cycle life, energy density, battery efficiency, charging rates and manufacturability. 

Last month, Indian battery maker Amara Raja Batteries announced a partnership with Gridtential Energy to collaborate on bipolar lead-acid batteries— with the former assembling and testing the US-based firm’s Silicon Joule bipolar reference batteries. 

Read more about the reduced-cost and performance impvrovements that bipolar batteries offer in the latest edition of BESTmag by clicking HERE

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ABC begins bipolar lead battery tests to verify DCA capabilities in hybrid vehicles

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 10:43 -- Paul Crompton

US lead battery developer Advanced Battery Concepts (ABC) is set to begin a nine-month investigation into the performance capabilities of bipolar lead batteries in micro and mild-hybrid applications. 

ABC will submit its own batteries to automotive testing standards in a research project collaboration with the Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI). 

 

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German lead battery maker Moll opens talks with investors following insolvency proceedings

Fri, 06/19/2020 - 09:59 -- Paul Crompton

German lead battery manufacturer, Akkumulatorenfabrik Moll has entered exploratory discussions with potential investors after the COVID-19 pandemic caused a fall in sales that led to the 75-year-old firm opening insolvency proceedings.

“Sensitive discussions” with potential investors are taking place with the goal of finding a rapid resolution in the interests of all parties involved, said the company on 18 June.

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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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