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environmental concerns

Lead has “significant” environmental benefits says ILA

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 11:34 -- Laura Varriale
used lead-acid batteries

Recent life cycle analysis (LCA) studies have examined that lead-based products demonstrate sustainability credentials and show environmental benefits.

Three studies, commissioned by the International Lead Association (ILA), researched the environmental impact of lead-acid based batteries and architectural lead sheet. The “cradle to grave” studies covered the mining and extraction of raw materials, fabrication, use and disposal as well as energy and transportation considerations.

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Exide gains permission to reopen Californian lead smelter under condition

Tue, 07/15/2014 - 10:05 -- Laura Varriale
Exide facility in Vernon

California's South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD) Hearing Board has given Exide permission to reopen its Vernon lead smelter after the company installed environmental protections.

The protections include air quality control equipment that monitors arsenic emissions and stops lead-contaminated dust from being released during upgrades. Exide is also obliged to submit monthly status reports to the AQMD Hearing Board.

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Sacred Sun Power opens state-of-the-art lead-acid plant

Thu, 08/22/2013 - 15:32 -- Ruth Williams

Shandong Sacred Sun Power Sources Co. Ltd has opened a state-of-the-art facility that, when running at full capacity, will be one of the largest lead-acid battery factories in the world. The production site in Qufu City, Shandong, China, currently has an annual production capacity of four million kVAh, when the plant is fully operational this could reach six million kVAh each year.

The one billion RMB (US$163 million) plant is part of the new environmentally-conscious era of Chinese lead-acid battery manufacturing because it adheres to the Lead-Acid Battery Industry Access Conditions that have recently been announced by the Chinese Government.

Some Chinese battery producers have been criticised for lead contamination coming from plants. To prevent such pollution, Sacred Sun has introduced ultramodern production processes and equipment including a fully automatic lead-milling process, a closed-loop system to supply, recover and recycle lead in production, and fully enclosed battery formation. These methods are highly effective for reducing lead fumes and dust. The new plant also uses advanced technology and equipment for producing tubular plating.

According to the Lead-Acid Battery Industry Access Conditions, as set out by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of the People's Republic of China, new, reorganised and expanded lead-acid battery manufacturers' capacities can be no less than 500,000 kVAh, in the hope of improving the industry access threshold.

Shandong Sacred Sun Power Sources, located in Qufu City, Shandong Province, China, was established in 1991. The company produces lead-acid batteries that are primarily used in standby power and electric vehicle applications around the world.

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