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Aqua Metals Wins Platts Global Metals Rising Star Award for Innovations in Lead Industry

Wed, 05/25/2016 - 10:52 -- Paul Crompton
Aqua Metals Wins Platts Global Metals Rising Star Award for Innovations in Lead Industry

Electrochemical lead recycling firm Aqua Metals was named the winner of the Rising Star category in the 2016 Platts Global Metals Awards program.

Aqua Metals was recognised for its AquaRefining process, the industry’s first commercially viable alternative lead-acid battery recycling technology.

The company was also named a finalist in the Industry Leadership Award – Base Metals category. All finalists and awardees were chosen from more than 100 nominees across 17 countries.   

“It is an honor to earn the accolades of such a highly respected organization for our work to revolutionize the lead industry,” said Dr. Stephen Clarke (pictured), chairman and CEO of Aqua Metals.

“As we enter a ‘Battery Age,’ lead-acid technologies can experience continued market dominance with the development of a recycling method that is economically sustainable and environmentally responsible. This distinction affirms that Aqua Metals has developed just that.”

Aqua Metals also recently announced the signing of definitive agreements with Interstate Batteries. More here

 

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1m battery deal will get ‘green’ lead refinery off to flying start

Tue, 05/24/2016 - 12:07 -- Paul Crompton
1m battery deal will get ‘green’ lead refinery off to flying start

A deal to process 1,000,000 lead batteries a year will allow ‘green’ recycling start-up Aqua Metals to run its new plant at near capacity from day one once it opens.

The US company, which is opening an electrochemical lead recycling plant in Nevada this July, signed a definitive agreements with North American replacement battery maker Interstate Batteries.

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2nd Californian lead-acid battery recycler to face emissions charges

Mon, 05/23/2016 - 15:25 -- Paul Crompton
2nd Californian lead-acid battery recycler to face emissions charges

Another Californian lead-acid battery recycler has been given 30 days to notify residents of possible health risks from its lead and arsenic emissions.

Battery recycler Quemetco, based in the Los Angeles industrial suburb of the City of Industry, has been told to cut its arsenic emissions after it was found there was an increased risk of cancer to 12,000 residents in the area.

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Perfect storm threatening to drown North America’s lead-acid industry

Mon, 05/09/2016 - 14:10 -- Paul Crompton
Perfect storm threatening to drown North America’s lead-acid industry

The lead industry in North America is facing some of the biggest threats to its existence as a perfect storm of extremely bad news and regulatory challenges come to a climax in the next few months, David Weinberg, legal advisor to Battery Council International told its 2016 annual meeting last week.

Weinberg, recognised as one of the USA’s leading environmental law specialists, said the PR storm was probably the worst he had seen in his 30 year relationship with the industry body.

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Fengfan chairman asks for Chinese lead-acid battery tax delay

Wed, 03/23/2016 - 10:26 -- Paul Crompton
Fengfan chairman asks for Chinese lead-acid battery tax delay

A senior Chinese official has said the lead battery consumption tax levied at the beginning of this year should be delayed or even exempted.

National People’s Congress (NPC) representative Liu Baosheng, who is also the chairman of Chinese lead-acid battery manufacturer Fengfan, said an exemption of the 4% consumption tax would help to relieve downward pressure on the battery industry.

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European cartel fined for decade of lead battery price fixing

Mon, 03/21/2016 - 15:52 -- Paul Crompton
European cartel fined for decade of lead battery price fixing

A lead battery ‘cartel’ has been fined almost €4million ($4.5million) for price fixing during a ten year period in Belgium.

The six firms admitted their part in the cartel following the Investigation and Prosecution Service of the Belgian Competition Authority inquiry.

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ILA to manage ALABC as lead industry aims to unite under single ‘programme of action’

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 15:39 -- Paul Crompton
ILA to manage ALABC as lead industry aims to unite under single ‘programme of action’

The International Lead Association has taken responsibility for the management of the Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium as part of a reorganisation of associations supporting the global lead industry.

The new partnership forms part of ILA’s wider strategic goals to unite the entire lead industry under a single, clear and focused global programme of action on lead and lead batteries.

The every day work of the ALABC will carry on as it has done previously through the office in North Carolina, with the ILAproviding management support for ALABC’s three year programme, which is currently in the early stages of development.

 

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ALABC prospectus calls industry to refocus on Pb battery research

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 12:20 -- Paul Crompton
ALABC prospectus calls industry to refocus on Pb battery research

The Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC) will join forces with the International Lead Association (ILA) after its members unanimously approved the collaboration.

The ALABC membership agreed to the new relationship with ILA)], as well as the Prospectus for the 2016-18 ALABC research programme, at its semi-annual Steering Committee meeting on Tuesday, September 8th.

ALABC will remain a research body of the association, focusing strictly on fundamental research and battery science.  

It provides a mechanism by which all members of ILA will fund ALABC activities via ILA membership fees. 

It means all ALABC funding goes directly to battery research rather than splitting moneys between R&D and costly (yet successful) demonstration projects, said an ALABC spokesman.

The move allows for pre-competitive lead battery research and innovation to be conducted under a singular management structure.

The prospectus was launched in June (read more on the story here) to collate the major research areas determined by ALABC membership (through recent ILAB meetings in North America and Europe).

The ALABC is now inviting all lead producers, battery manufacturers, component suppliers, carbon producers, application providers, research institutions and any other entities with an interest in the lead battery market to join its 2016-18 program.

 

 

Freezing weather boosts SLI battery sales in US

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 17:07 -- Ruth Williams
The extended cold weather in the US is killing starter batteries

Sales of lead-acid batteries in North America rose 15.2% in December 2013 following the extended period of cold weather.

Shipments of automotive batteries in December 2013 reached 12.2m, which is 15.2% higher than the figure for November.

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Global lead demand on the up

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 16:00 -- Ruth Williams

Global consumption of lead-acid batteries is leading to an increased demand for lead. A study by the International Lead Zinc Study Group (ILZSG) suggests that lead demand will increase 5% for the year 2013 and a further 4.6% in 2014.

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