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China’s recycling agenda drives forward despite analysts predicting big financial losses for LFP recyclers

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 15:44 -- Paul Crompton

A second province in China has announced plans to capitalise on the lead-acid and lithium-ion battery recycling sector in as many weeks as the country positions itself to become a world leader through a series of government led regulations.

The latest province to announce plans is Sichuan where 35 firms have requested licenses to collect and transfer waste lead-acid batteries.

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Hainan Province to build lithium-ion battery recycling network as China continues to corner market

Tue, 11/26/2019 - 15:21 -- Paul Crompton

The spent lithium-ion battery market may be small at the moment but China is already cornering the market, making news the country’s Hainan Province is aiming to build a recycling network unsurprising.

The province wants to build a recycling network for used batteries from new energy vehicles (NEVs), according to the provincial department of industry and information.

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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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Tes announces plans for 14 tonne per day lithium-ion battery recycling facility in Singapore

Wed, 11/06/2019 - 14:08 -- Paul Crompton
Tes announces plans for Singapore14 tonne per day lithium-ion battery recycling facility

A new $20 million facility for recycling lithium-ion batteries is set to be opened in Singapore by global e-waste recycler Tes.

The country's senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry, Koh Poh Koon, announced the recycling facility on 30 October, according to reports by news outlet The Strait Times.

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American manganese reports promising lithium-ion battery recycling results

Tue, 10/29/2019 - 15:07 -- Paul Crompton

Recycled materials firm American Manganese has received positive results from third-party testing of its RecycLiCo™ lithium-ion battery material recycling just weeks after completing the fifth and final stage of tests at its pilot plant.

The company has released the results from its independent contract laboratory, Kemetco Research regarding test by a tier-one firm— referred to as Company A due to a confidentiality agreement.

See BEST Magazine’s latest edition for an in-depth interview with American Manganese here.

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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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Hyundai signs MoU to use second-life lithium-ion batteries in ESSs

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 15:01 -- Paul Crompton
Hyundai signs MoU to use second-life lithium-ion batteries in ESSs

South Korea’s vehicle OEM Hyundai Motor Group has committed to a joint project with Korea-based energy solution firm OCI to reuse second-life lithium-ion batteries from EV’s in energy storage systems (ESS). 

The systems will be used in solar power generation applications following the signing of a memorandum of understanding on 9 September.

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Aqua Metals granted lead battery recycling patents in India and Indonesia

Wed, 09/11/2019 - 14:45 -- Paul Crompton
Aqua Metals granted lead battery recycling patents in India and Indonesia

Lead-acid battery recycling firm Aqua Metals has been granted patents in both India and Indonesia in a move that could pave the way for the rollout of its technology into those countries.

The patents are ‘critical’ to allowing the US firm to license its technologies, which include the AquaRefinery system.

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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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