EU leaders have released a long-awaited ‘strategic action plan’ that says batteries should be at the heart of future industrial strategy.
But lead-acid was not even mentioned (unlike lithium) in the document— published as part of the outgoing European Commission’s ‘State of the Energy Union’ report: ‘Implementation of the Strategic Action Plan on Batteries: Building a Strategic Battery Value Chain in Europe.’
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In an effort to highlight some of the successes of energy storage projects hitherto and inspire similar ventures henceforth, the European Association for Storage of Energy (EASE) has unveiled a new initiative to showcase “some of the most innovative and inspiring storage projects supporting the energy transition”.
Featured projects include a 6MW/6MWh Engie system in Drogenbos, Belgium that is formed of five separate pilot batteries; a 11.5MW/22.5MWh lithium-ion and sodium-sulfur system in Niedersachsen, Germany; and Highview’s 5MW/15MWh Liquid Air Energy Storage System in Greater Manchester, UK (featured in this week’s BEST Battery Briefing)
Counterfeit batteries are costing legitimate manufacturers in the EU around EUR180 million ($221m) in lost business every year, according to a new report.
The study, from the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), said counterfeit batteries mostly affect the vehicle sector, but are also found in the mobile phone market.
A European Union-backed research project to develop materials for next-generation redox-flow battery systems has been launched in Germany.
The Fraunhofer Institute for Chemical Technology (FICT) is coordinating the ‘FlowCamp’ project, launched towards the end of last month, to develop materials for three next-generation redox-flow battery systems— hydrogen-bromine, aqueous organic and zinc-air flow battery systems.
UK researchers behind the development of a process that aims to “revolutionise” lead-acid battery recycling have been awarded a grant of EUR1.3 million ($1.5m) from the European Union.
The funding boost from the EU’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme has gone to UK-based Aurelius Environmental and Dr Vasant Kumar of the materials science and metallurgy department at the University of Cambridge.
European Union antitrust regulators have accused four of Europe’s biggest battery recycling companies with fixing lead recycling prices.
Eco-bat, JCI, Recylex and Campine have been investigated by the European Commission for allegedly fixing the purchase price of scrap lead-acid batteries in Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands.