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Scientific first as university films lead-acid battery electrodes

Fri, 09/13/2019 - 10:02 -- Paul Crompton
Scientific first as university films lead-acid battery electrodes

Scientists at a Basque university have been the first to use neutron radiography to track the inner workings of a custom-designed neutron friendly lead-acid cell and casing.

The work by the Universidad del País Vasco highlights the potential of neutron imaging for tracking battery function and outlines opportunities for further development.

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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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The benefits of thinking ‘inside the box’: lead for the long run

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 14:28 -- Paul Crompton
Ray Goodearl, director, Global Accounts - Performance Additives

Unlocking lead-acid’s true potential will involve advances to the battery’s primary building blocks as company’s like Hammond Group ‘push the envelope’ to develop new innovations, writes the company's Ray Goodearl, director, Global Accounts - Performance Additives.

When I began my battery industry journey in the late 1980s, the idea never crossed my mind that I would spend the next thirty-plus years participating in an industry that impacts so many aspects of our day-to-day lives. 

This was truly beyond my comprehension. Over the last three decades, much has changed in the lead-acid battery.

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Sorfin Yoshimura backs ‘One Minute Giveback’ at 18ABC

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 12:55 -- Paul Crompton

Throughout 18ABC conference a corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative, in partnership with lead-acid firm Sorfin Yoshimura, will be giving back to Bali with a series of cash donations and delegate participation initiatives onsite.

The ‘One Minute Giveback’ initiative— along with (3) Indonesian charities: Bali Children’s Project, Yaysan Solemen Indonesia and The East Bali Poverty Project— aims to help the disadvantaged, the ‘diffabled’, the homeless and the marginalised in Bali.

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Pay monthly lead-acid battery leasing initiative launched in South Africa

Wed, 08/28/2019 - 11:55 -- Paul Crompton
Pay monthly lead-acid battery leasing initiative launched in South Africa

South African firm Elektron Energy has launched a lead-acid battery leasing initiative targeting the country’s commercial and industrial sectors.

The system can be paid for monthly and used to generate revenue by offering back-up storage services, as well as delivering peak-load shifting services for customers generating power with solar panels.

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Bleak report indicates India’s apathy toward rogue Pb-A recycling

Fri, 08/23/2019 - 14:07 -- Paul Crompton
Bleak report indicates India’s apathy toward rogue Pb-A recycling

Informal recyclers in India processed more than a million tonnes of scrap lead-acid batteries as they continue to flout environmental rules governing the disposal of used batteries, an India-based think tank has reported. 

Environmental research organisation Toxics Link reported that 90% of the 12lakh (1.2 million) tonnes of batteries that entered the country’s recycling industry during 2017-18 were processed in informal recycling units.

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Lead-acid firm Enersys hedges its bets with targeting of LIB markets

Thu, 08/22/2019 - 14:03 -- John Shepherd
David Shaffer Lead-acid firm Enersys hedges its bets with targeting of LIB markets

US-based lead-acid battery maker Enersys plans to target the defence and aerospace sectors as it pushes deeper into the lithium-ion battery storage market, the company’s CEO has said.

David Shaffer said Enersys had “added some talent in the aerospace and defence sector specifically to go after some of the thermal battery business, and that's primarily lithium”

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East Penn buys into lithium-ion market in bid to expand motive power offering

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 12:00 -- Paul Crompton
East Penn buys into lithium-ion market in bid to expand motive power offering

North American lead-acid giant East Penn Manufacturing has reaffirmed its intention of moving into the lithium-ion market with the purchase of a majority interest in Navitas Systems.

The move allows East Penn to expand its motive power battery offering and  ‘strategic integration’ into other market segments in a bid to provide a wider range of energy storage system solutions.

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Fate of Leoch’s Malaysian lead-acid battery plant hangs in the balance

Fri, 08/16/2019 - 10:21 -- Paul Crompton
Fate of Leoch’s Malaysian lead-acid battery plant hangs in the balance

The fate of a Malaysian lead-acid battery plant owned by Leoch Accupower will be confirmed this month after a four-month governmental probe to decide if the facility is an environmental hazard.

A verdict on whether to maintain or relocate the battery manufacturing plant in Jenjarom, Selangor state, will be made at the end of this month, Malaysian news outlets have reported.

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Lead-acid firm shows intent with Li-ion ESS deployment on Greek island

Fri, 08/09/2019 - 10:34 -- Paul Crompton
Lead-acid firm shows intent with Li-ion ESS deployment on Greek island

A project deploying five lithium-ion residential energy storage systems in Greece is further proof that even a lead-acid battery brand with more than 130 years of history must move with the times.

German firm Varta proved that even a brand with a rich history in the lead-acid market is willing to adapt with the deployment last month of its ‘Pulse’ lithium–ion ESSs as part of the European project WiseGRID.

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