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Cheaper lithium batteries ‘will hamper recycling’

Tue, 04/03/2018 - 11:20 -- John Shepherd
Cheaper lithium batteries ‘will hamper recycling’

The launch of modern— and increasingly lower-priced EV lithium-ion batteries— is likely to hamper moves to encourage recycling, a battery expert has warned.

Mike Fetcenko (pictured), MD of BASF Battery Materials North America, said at last week’s International Battery Seminar and Exhibit in Florida: “The economics of recycling for lithium are not mature and they have to become more so.”

 

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China’s Camel invests in Li-battery recycling pilot

Mon, 03/19/2018 - 11:55 -- Xuan Zhong
China’s Camel invests in Li-battery recycling pilot

Chinese lead-acid battery giant Camel is to build a pilot lithium-ion battery recycling and anode material production plant in Central China.

Camel said plans for the CNY5 billion ($791 million) facility is part of a “framework agreement”, signed with Hubei Province’s Gucheng County government, to create an industrial park for recycling and “cascade utilisation” of used lithium-ion batteries from electric vehicles, as well as the regeneration of battery materials.

 

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Aqua Metals fights back with lead production “milestone”

Mon, 03/12/2018 - 13:08 -- John Shepherd
Aqua Metals fights back with lead production “milestone”

Aqua Metals, the US lead-acid battery-recycling start-up, is ramping up its commercial fightback by completing its “first24-hour run of continuous operations” of lead production after months of production setbacks.

The company confirmed on 5 March it had completed the move following modifications to its AquaRefining facility in Nevada to resolve a “sticky lead” condition that had hampered production.

 

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EVs prompt battery-recycling need in China

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 11:29 -- News Editor
EVs prompt battery-recycling need in China

Chinese authorities are reportedly preparing new policies for the recycling of batteries due to the rapidly-expanding new energy vehicle (NEV) market— the EV and hybrid electric vehicle sector.

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) is expected to roll out policies to clarify industrial standards and regulate battery recycling this year, according to China’s state Xinhua News Agency.

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Aqua Metals retrofit “fixes sticky lead”

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 11:23 -- John Shepherd
Aqua Metals retrofit “fixes sticky lead”

US lead-acid battery-recycling start-up Aqua Metals has successfully modified equipment to resolve a “sticky lead” condition that had hampered production at its facility in Nevada.

The company, which is working to commercialise a water-based recycling process, revealed last December that lead recovered during its AquaRefining process was sticking to the exit chutes of processing equipment.

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India’s Gravita gets Luminous lead order

Mon, 01/29/2018 - 11:20 -- John Shepherd
India’s Gravita gets Luminous lead order

Indian lead battery recycling group Gravita has won an order worth around $46 million from lead-acid manufacturer Luminous Power Technologies.

Gravita, which is also one of the country’s largest lead producers, did not respond to BBB’s request for details of the order to India-based Luminous— part of the Schneider Electric group.

 

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Chinese LiFePO4 firm signs recycling deal

Wed, 01/17/2018 - 10:08 -- Xuan Zhong
Chinese LiFePO4 firm signs recycling deal

Chinese telecoms infrastructure firm China Tower is to give a new lease of life to used batteries from Shenzhen-based LiFePO4 battery maker OptimumNano under a deal between the companies.

OptimumNano, which produces LiFePO4 batteries for a range of applications include electric vehicles, telecoms and energy storage systems, said the agreement would see it supply cascades of batteries to be “regenerated” in a variety of applications by China Tower.

 

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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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