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German lead battery maker Moll blames sales drop caused by coronavirus for insolvency after 75 years

Thu, 04/02/2020 - 16:05 -- Paul Crompton

German lead-acid battery maker Moll Batterien has opened insolvency proceedings after 75 years of operation due to the “sudden, massive, and permanent” decline in sales caused by the corona crisis.

The 75-year-old company applied to the Coburg District Court for the opening of insolvency proceedings on Monday, 30 March. The company made EFB, AGM and VRLA starter batteries for automotive applications, and had recently launched a 12.8V lithium iron phosphate battery.

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Coronavirus forces French lead-acid battery recycler to scale-down operations

Thu, 03/19/2020 - 15:18 -- Paul Crompton

The coronavirus has forced Recylex is reduce operations at its French used lead-acid battery recycling plants to maintenance, reception and expedition of planned deliveries until further notice starting 23 March.

For the time being the French firms other battery recycling operations at its Germany plant Harz-Metall is unaffected. The plant collects and recycles around 50,000 tons of lead-acid batteries a year.

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Lithium-ion ESS facility to power lead battery recycling centre

Thu, 03/12/2020 - 15:38 -- Paul Crompton

A two-year research project is using a 1MW lithium-ion energy storage system to reduce costs at a lead-acid battery recycling plant in Sweden.

The storage system using 24 BMW-batteries of the same type in the vehicle OEM’s BMWi3 will be commissioned in the summer at Boliden's Bergsöe lead smelting plant in Landskrona, South of Sweden.

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Sri Lanka plans to develop lead-acid battery industry using domestic graphene

Thu, 03/05/2020 - 13:30 -- Paul Crompton

Sri Lanka is gearing up to create a $ 1.5 billion graphene-based lead-acid battery industry in the country using its abundant supply of vein graphite.

Associated Battery Manufacturers Ceylon (ABM) has agreed to purchase 50% of Ceylon Graphene Technologies’ (CGT) monthly graphene output, its chief executive Manju Gunawardana told a press conference last month. 

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Proof of concept supercapacitor increases power and energy density to match lead-acid

Thu, 02/20/2020 - 14:10 -- Vic
UCL bendable supercapacitor

A new bendable supercapacitor made from graphene has been developed and demonstrated by researchers from the UK’s University College London (UCL) and Chinese Academy of Sciences.

The proof-of-concept technology solves the key issue of supercapacitors by increasing both its power density and energy density— critical requirements for use in applications including electric vehicles. 

Moreover, it can bend to 180 degrees (in a half-pipe configuration) without affecting performance and doesn’t use a liquid electrolyte. 

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Waste management firm buys into lead-acid and lithium-ion battery recycling industry

Fri, 01/24/2020 - 10:46 -- Paul Crompton

Waste management firm Enva has bought lead-acid and lithium-ion battery recycler Sar Recyling for a reported €20 million.

The Irish firm— controlled by British private equity company Exponent and others of the Environment Division of DCC — will take over the UK firm’s battery recycling activities in Ireland.

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Battery associations launch initiative to ensure lead-battery industry’s positive global impact

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 11:34 -- Paul Crompton

Lead and lead-battery industry groups have adopted seven guiding principles designed to serve as a best practice in the protection of workers and the industry’s wider environmental impact. 

The groups will develop performance indicators and policies to ensure continuous improvement in the management of lead exposure and emissions and minimise the environmental impact of used lead batteries. 

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BCI’s first in-house lawyer highlights issues affecting lead battery industry

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 12:07 -- Paul Crompton

Lead battery organisation Battery Council International (BCI) has hired its first in-house lawyer to lead regulatory and legislative efforts, it was announced on 7 January.

Roger Miksad was hired as senior vice president and general counsel after a decade of working for the Chicago, US, based organisation as a member of David Weinberg’s team at Wiley Rein. 

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Digatron completes fourth C-level appointment as it looks to target Asia's battery market

Tue, 12/10/2019 - 14:31 -- Paul Crompton

Battery test and formation firm Digatron Power Electronics has announced the latest in a string of managerial changes as it pushes into the global lithium-ion and lead-acid markets.

Last month, Digatron promoted He Zhou to general manager charged with strengthening, growing and developing the company’s China subsidiary Digatron (Qingdao) Electronics.

Image: (From right) : Rolf Beckers, He Zhou and Kevin Campbell 

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Greek battery firm launches US subsidiary to target industrial lead-acid and lithium-ion EV market

Fri, 12/06/2019 - 13:31 -- Paul Crompton

Greek battery firm Systems Sunlight has established a US subsidiary as it prepares to build a lead-acid and lithium-ion manufacturing plant in North Carolina.

The wholly owned subsidiary, Sunlight Batteries USA, will begin assembling and distributing lead and lithium batteries for electric industrial vehicles (EiVs) in Guildford County next year.

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