The new head of European operations for Japan-based GS Yuasa has told BBB the battery maker is looking at opportunities to expand the role of lead-acid in the energy storage business.
Andrew Taylor (pictured), who has been promoted to MD and CEO of GS Yuasa Battery Europe, said: “We are looking at some of the applications for energy storage, especially for new lead-acid technology that we believe can play a part. We’re already seeing some of the benefits of this with new products coming out of Japan.”
Indian lead-acid battery maker Exide Industries has reportedly submitted plans to set up a third lead smelter at its plant in Haldia, West Bengal.
Exide is asking India’s national government for permission to install the smelter amid soaring lead prices, the Mumbai-based English language daily DNA reported.
European Commission chiefs have not ruled out the participation of the lead-acid industry in a proposed ‘batteries alliance’ for Europe— BBB has learned.
Lead producers called on the Commission to urgently rethink its proposals last week, after EU energy chief Maroš Šefčovič used an industry summit in Brussels to float proposals to invest in large-scale battery cells production— but failed to outline support for Europe’s powerhouse lead-acid battery industry.
Lead producers are urging EU leaders to urgently rethink proposals to invest in setting up a Europe-wide ‘batteries alliance’ that would fail to include the region’s powerhouse lead-acid battery industry.
The call came after EU energy chief Maroš Šefčovič (pictured) told an industry summit he hosted in Brussels that a blueprint for the ‘EU Battery Alliance’ was needed to “strongly support the establishment of a full value chain of batteries in Europe, with large-scale battery cells production and the circular economy at the core”.
Chief scientist of Chinese battery maker Narada Power, Dr Herbert Giess, has received the International Lead Award for his contributions to the lead and lead-acid battery industries.
The award from the International Lead Association (ILA) was presented by ILA associate, David Rand, at last week’s Asian Battery Conference in Kuala Lumpur.
Professor Detchko Pavlov, the Bulgarian academician who dedicated practically his whole life to research and development of lead-acid batteries, died last Friday. He was 86. Pavlov’s almost legendary 65-year-long career in battery research began in 1953.
A graduate of the University of Chemical Technology and Metallurgy in Sofia, for the next seven years he worked as assistant to the Chair of Physical Chemistry of the same university with Prof. St. Hristov.