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Aqua Metals faces probe amid "retrofit" setback

Tue, 12/12/2017 - 10:44 -- Xuan Zhong
Aqua Metals faces probe amid "retrofit" setback

US lead-acid battery recycling start-up Aqua Metals is facing a probe into “possible securities fraud violations” as it launches a “retrofit” of equipment to tackle new production problems.

The blows come just weeks after the firm, which is seeking to commercialise a water-based recycling process, posted further losses and said it was “significantly behind schedule” with production plans.

 

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Tianneng reports lead batteries sales hike

Tue, 09/12/2017 - 11:10 -- News Editor
Tianneng reports lead batteries sales hike

China’s Tianneng Power International Ltd said revenue for the first half of 2017 has been boosted by a 26.5% rise in lead battery sales, compared to the year-ago period.

In newly-released interim figures for the period up to 30 June, Tianneng posted revenue of more than CNY10 billion ($1.5b).

 

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Sustainability award for EnerSys

Fri, 07/21/2017 - 10:23 -- News Editor
Sustainability award for EnerSys

EnerSys has been honoured for its work in battery recycling and environmental preservation.

The US-based company was awarded a 2016 Leaders in Sustainability Award from the non-profit Call2Recycle Inc., which champions a battery recycling programme that encourages consumers to recycle batteries at nearly 30,000 drop-off points across the US and Canada.

 

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Neometals to pilot lithium battery recycling process

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 10:00 -- Xuan Zhong
Neometals to pilot lithium battery recycling process

Canada-based Neometals is set to build a pilot plant to accelerate the commercialisation of the company’s technology to recycle lithium-ion batteries.

Neometals has co-developed a technology to economically recover high-value cobalt (99.2% recovery) as a material that can be recycled within the battery manufacturing chain.

 

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Aqua Metals prepares for ‘explosive growth’

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 10:27 -- Xuan Zhong
Aqua Metals prepares for ‘explosive growth’

Aqua Metals, the US start-up which aims to commercialise a water-based process for recycling lead-acid batteries, is preparing for “explosive growth in 2018”.

But chairman and CEO Dr Stephen Clarke is already rethinking plans to roll out the company’s AquaRefineries and is retrofitting improvements to the first facility in Nevada before rolling out the technology.

 

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A $178 million for Chinese lithium recycling

Wed, 04/05/2017 - 09:31 -- Xuan Zhong
A $178 million for Chinese lithium recycling

As concern increases over the growing problem of scrap lithium-ion batteries, Chinese recycler Guangdong Brunp Recycling Technology is investing ¥1.2 billion ($178 million) to build a 100,000 tons waste battery plant in Changsha, Hunan Province.

The factory that is under construction is the fifth phase of the company’s recycling project and is expected to be finished in 18 months.

 

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China continues to clamp down on its lead-acid industry

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 14:28 -- Xuan Zhong
China continues to clamp down on its lead-acid industry

China has introduced a cradle to grave lead-acid battery monitoring system that will put recycling responsibilities on the manufacturer.

China’s State Council’s Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Plan puts lead-acid battery makers accountable for their product from design, use, recycling and waste disposal began last month.

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$17 m lead-acid battery recycling project in Inner Mongolia

Tue, 11/29/2016 - 11:30 -- Xuan Zhong

Chinese lead-acid battery firm Senrun Recycling Metal Products has announced a ¥120 million ($17 million) investment in a scrap lead-acid battery recycling project.

The project aims to turn 150,000 mt of scrap batteries into 75,800 mt of refined lead and lead alloy annually at the Metallurgical and Chemical Park of Linxi Industrial Park, Chifeng, City, Inner Mongolia.

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China finds way to reuse 50m lead-acid batteries a year

Mon, 11/21/2016 - 14:46 -- Paul Crompton

A Chinese company may have found a way to save 50 million of the country’s lead-acid batteries reaching land-fill after developing an activator it claims can restore the battery’s capacity.

Around two hundred million lead-acid batteries are discarded in China each year, but at least 25% of them could be refurbished, according to Guangzhou Hong Huai Energy Company.

“The core reason of the short life of lead-acid batteries is that the inevitable product Pb2SO4 (lead sulfate) would gradually form irreversible lead sulfate crystals,” Shangnan, Huang, the chairman of Hong Huai Energy Company, said.

The company had successively invested ¥60 million ($9 million) to carry out the development of the battery regeneration technology.

The battery activator in an acidic environment, combined with the external application of working voltage, can catalyse the decomposition of lead sulfate crystals, and then turn sulfate crystals into substances that can continue to participate in chemical reactions, which make batteries become functional again.

Using high-definition electron microscopy the company observed how the Pb2SO4 crystal on the battery plate had a large crystal shape before regeneration. But after repairing, it turns into floc.

However, some cynicism needs to be practiced, because as one battery industry insider told BEST, that equates to around 500,000 tonnes per year, or around $1billion in metal value. So an important question is, if Guangzhou Hong Huai Energy's figure is true, is it going to be cost effective? The insider called the scheme, ahem, 'bovine excrement'— or words to that effect. BEST questions how the company will test the sulfation of that many batteries.

The proof, as they say, will be in the pudding.

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Recycling start-up reaches major milestone

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 10:23 -- Xuan Zhong

US start-up Aqua Metals has produced its first ultrapure lead ingots using its ‘revolutionary’ recycling method.

The company used its AquaRefining technology to produce the lead ingot at its plant on the Tahoe Reno Industrial Estate, Nevada.

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