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China rejects lead waste shipment in crackdown

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 11:03 -- John Shepherd
China rejects lead waste shipment in crackdown

China has sent back a 150-ton shipment of sludge derived from recycled lead-acid batteries as part of its new policy to ban imports of global waste.

Customs chiefs in the city of Yantai, in the eastern Shandong Province, seized 153 tons of lead sludge during an inspection and ordered it sent back to the source, which has not been named, the state Xinhua News Agency reported.

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South African Pb start-up awarded bipolar development grant

Thu, 07/11/2019 - 15:37 -- Paul Crompton
South African Pb start-up awarded bipolar development grant

Elektron Energy, the South African lead-acid battery start-up, has been awarded around €250,000 (US$282,000) from the EU and national funding authority (DST)-backed Eureka Eurostars initiative to develop its next generation bipolar batteries.

The manufacturer plans to begin initial pilot production of its bipolar batteries— using intellectual property from UK-based Mega Amps and nano-structured leady oxide from Aurelius Environmental— in its facility in Strand, Western Cape. The project is due to begin commercialisation by mid-2022.

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Exide Technologies eyes growth after recapitalisation

Fri, 06/28/2019 - 11:41 -- John Shepherd
Exide Technologies eyes growth after recapitalisation

US battery manufacturer Exide Technologies has expansion in its sights after completing “comprehensive” new financing and recapitalisation of the business.

As part of the recapitalisation, Exide said it had issued US$150 million of new international notes generating net proceeds of around $125m.

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IQ Power picks up Pb investment boost

Thu, 06/27/2019 - 15:06 -- John Shepherd
IQ Power picks up Pb investment boost

German SLI battery producer IQ Power Licensing has welcomed a US$2 million investment boost as the company writes “a new chapter” for lead-acid batteries.

IQ, which produces Pb batteries mainly for the global automotive and storage markets, said it had won an additional $1.5m in working capital from an institutional lender that provided the company with $14m in financing just months ago. 

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Batteries in ‘golden period’, but vigilance needed for lead

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 17:06 -- John Shepherd
Batteries in ‘golden period’, but vigilance needed for lead

Battery technology is in a “golden period”, but lead-acid in particular still faces potential regulatory obstacles in Europe, manufacturers have been warned.

Dr Steve Binks (pictured), regulatory affairs director of the International Lead Association, told the Pb2019 conference in Madrid there had “never been a period where battery technology was so recognised as being critical” to e-mobility, energy storage and combating climate change.

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Study considers Pb solution to power EV charging stations

Sun, 06/23/2019 - 13:02 -- John Shepherd
Study considers Pb solution to power EV charging stations

The US state of Missouri is backing proposals that could see lead batteries used to provide power at electric vehicle charging stations.

Missouri’s Division of Energy has awarded a competitive grant to support a Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI) feasibility study that will investigate advanced lead battery energy storage deployed alongside EV charging points at state gas (petrol) stations.

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Lead battery recovery campaign rolls out in Alaska

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 15:09 -- John Shepherd
Lead battery recovery campaign rolls out in Alaska

An initiative to recover and recycle more than 42,000 pounds (19,050kgs) of lead-acid batteries from remote communities in Alaska has been launched by the US-based Responsible Battery Coalition (RBC).

The non-profit RBC, has teamed up with the Solid Waste Alaska Taskforce (SWAT) for the collection this summer from the first 12 of 35 communities participating in the two-year pilot programme.

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RSR Technologies wins Miksiewicz award

Thu, 05/02/2019 - 12:51 -- John Shepherd
RSR Technologies wins Miksiewicz award

US lead-acid battery recycler RSR Technologies has won the Sally Miksiewicz Innovation Award for R&D leading to production of its new Supersoft-Hycycle alloy.

The award was presented to the company at Battery Council International’s (BCI) annual convention in New Orleans.

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CBI puts world’s lead energy storage projects on the map

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 11:34 -- John Shepherd

More than 120 lead battery-powered energy storage projects worldwide have been highlighted in a new online map by the Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI).

The map, featured on the CBI’s web site, includes diverse case studies demonstrating successful lead battery energy storage installations from the US, to Asia and Europe.

CBI director Dr Alistair Davidson said: “We are seeing growing interest in lead battery energy storage for utility and renewables systems all over the world. The aim of this initiative is to highlight some of these installations and encourage companies to share other examples we can highlight demonstrating the variety of projects currently in place.” 

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Indian Oil ‘in lead-acid tech talks with battery makers’

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 09:20 -- John Shepherd

Technology developed by India’s state-owned Indian Oil Corporation to “increase the lifetime” of lead-acid batteries could be licensed to battery makers, the corporation’s director of research and development has revealed.

“We have developed a new nano material, which when used in a lead-acid battery in fixed proportion, increases the life of the battery by 30% and cuts charging time by 40%,” SSV Ramakumar said.

Ramakumar told The Economic Times of India the corporation is “now exploring ways to take (the technology) to market”, “All options are open to us. We can set up our own manufacturing or we can join hands with some leading battery manufacturer in the country.”

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