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Lead battery firm Water Gremlin’s Minnesota plant closed amid lead poisoning in children

Tue, 10/29/2019 - 15:19 -- Paul Crompton

Lead battery terminals maker Water Gremlin has been forced to close its factory in White Bear Township, Minnesota, after children of its employees were found to have elevated blood lead levels on 26 October.

The company’s facility remained closed until midday Friday (1 November) after a judge granted a one day extention to a 72 hour emergency closure. The plant could partly reopen if a Ramsey County District Court judge approves a clean-up plan today.

St. Paul – Ramsey County Public Health investigators determined at least 12 children of workers at the company had elevated blood lead levels, including two children with blood lead levels above 15 micrograms per deciliter (mcg/dL). Blood lead levels above this threshold are considered by health officials to constitute a particularly serious health risk for children.

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Tesla patents ‘secret sauce’ additive but will ‘million mile’ lithium-ion cell reach commercialisation?

Thu, 10/03/2019 - 15:01 -- Paul Crompton

US electric vehicle OEM Tesla's latest patent suggests it has solved the failure issues of high operating temperatures and voltages in lithium-ion technology to make a battery that will last a ‘million miles’.

Tesla’s lead battery researcher Jeff Dahn and members of the Department of Physics and Atmospheric Science in Dalhousie University suggest their lithium-ion pouch cells have a 6,000 cycle life, or 20 years in grid energy storage applications. 

Chris Hale, from Upgradetech Engineers, told BEST: “Until I can hold in my hand a commercially produced cell capable of several thousand cycles, I will always remain sceptical."

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Lead battery association BCI announces new president

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 10:24 -- Paul Crompton
David ‘Dave’ Shaffer

Not-for-profit trade lead battery association Battery Council International (BCI) has confirmed the appointment of David ‘Dave’ Shaffer as its president of the BCI board of directors.

Shaffer started the role on 1 September and succeeds Joseph Walicki who has stepped down as president and resigned from the BCI board of directors on 31 August, which coincides with his retirement.

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Metair looks to pick up TAB for new lead investment

Mon, 06/11/2018 - 11:51 -- John Shepherd
Metair looks to pick up TAB for new lead investment

South Africa-based automotive and energy storage group Metair Investments has launched a EUR300 million ($353m) bid to acquire European lead battery firm Tovarna Akumulatorskih Baterij (TAB).

Metair said the bid is still “in the early stages”— but confirmed it is in exclusive talks that could see it take control of and expand TAB’s international automotive batteries and energy storage business.

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Golden State to grill lead batteries

Mon, 02/19/2018 - 11:36 -- News Editor
Golden State to grill lead batteries

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) last week published its 2018-2020 Draft Priority Product Work Plan that will put pressure on lead battery manufactures to see whether there are “safer alternatives” to the existing products.

The much-anticipated plan identifies the product categories that DTSC will evaluate over the next three years as potential "priority products" under California's green chemistry programme.

 

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Lead’s multi-billion-dollar boost for US economy

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 12:01 -- John Shepherd
Lead’s multi-billion-dollar boost for US economy

The US lead battery industry contributed more than $28 billion of total economic output to the national economy in 2016, a new study has revealed.

In addition, the jobs of more than 95,000 US workers depended on lead batteries, according to the study— Economic Contribution of the US Lead Battery Industry— prepared by the Economic Development Research Group for Battery Council International (BCI) and Essential Energy Everyday.

 

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