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Report backs up lead battery industry’s recyclability boast in the US

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 09:54 -- Paul Crompton

In recent weeks the US lead battery industry has taken some blows to its environment claims, but a new Battery Council International (BCI) report has ratified the widely held understanding that lead batteries– at 99% recyclability– are the most recycled consumer product in the country.

BCI’s biennial report on the recycling rate of lead batteries in the US to mark America Recycles Day on 15 November. 

Lead batteries are used in more than 275 million vehicles in the US and account for more than 70% of the world’s rechargeable power, according to the report produced by SmithBucklin of Chicago and commissioned by BCI.

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US/China joint venture to target Asia Pacific energy storage market

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 09:46 -- Paul Crompton

China firm GCL System Integration and US company Powin Energy have formed a joint venture to target Asia-Pacific’s front-of-the-meter energy storage systems market.

The new firm, branded as G-Powin Energy Solution, will use lithium-ion phosphate batteries in its G-Powin Solution system, which also contain DC battery racks, BMS, containerisation, DC collection/protection, power control system integration and energy management systems (EMS). 

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Merger of flow battery firms sees Avalon move its CEO into RedT’s top seat

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 15:31 -- Paul Crompton

UK-based vanadium redox flow battery firm RedT will integrate the chief executive officer of US energy storage firm Avalon Battery Corporation on the successful completion of a merger between the two firms.

Larry Zulch will become the new chief executive of RedT subject to finalisation of the merger as Jeff Kenna and Scott McGregor prepare to leave the company on 31 December. 

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US research project to investigate ways to design the most recyclable lithium-ion battery

Thu, 11/07/2019 - 14:59 -- Paul Crompton
Responsible Battery Coalition Steve Christensen

US battery industry organisation Responsible Battery Coalition (RBC) has entered into a joint research project with Argonne National Laboratory to ensure the lithium-ion batteries of tomorrow are designed for maximum recyclability.

Recycling best practices will be made available to battery manufacturers, OEMs and recyclers following the real-world manufacturing process analysis.

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Lithium battery fire sparks closure of recycling facility

Tue, 10/29/2019 - 15:25 -- Paul Crompton

An investigation has been launched into a fire started by a lithium-ion battery that destroyed a recycling facility in the US on 24 October.

The fire, coupled with 60 mph winds, has meant recycling firm Republic Services has had to close its facility at the Salt River Pima landfill in Fountain Hills, Maricopa County, Arizona.

A spokesman for the Arizona firm said: “We are working with our municipal partners to identify short-term and long-term recycling processing solutions that will help us continue serving our customers with minimal interruption. 

“The cause of the fire is under investigation, and the recycling center is currently closed.”

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Kore Power plans to increase global output to 16GWh with US plant

Wed, 10/23/2019 - 15:24 -- Paul Crompton
Lindsay Gorrill, CEO of Kore Power

Energy storage firm Kore Power announced on 22 October it plans to build a 10GWh lithium-ion battery manufacturing plant in the US based on the model it is using at its 6GWh plant in China.

The location of the new plant has not been disclosed, with the Idaho company reviewing potential sites in a handful of states within the US.

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APS still months from closing investigation into US lithium-ion ESS explosion

Wed, 10/16/2019 - 14:18 -- Paul Crompton

An investigation into the fire at a 2MW/2MWh lithium-ion energy storage system in Arizona, US, is expected to close by the end of the year— eight months after the incident at the Arizona Public Service (APS) owned facility.

The final battery rack from APS’s McMicken site in Surprise is at a forensics laboratory in Michigan for analysis, after a specialty laboratory in Scottsdale removed it last month. 

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Pivotal buys bi-polar technology with goal of making cheaper lead-acid batteries

Thu, 10/10/2019 - 15:30 -- Paul Crompton

US battery firm Pivotal Battery has bought proprietary bipolar plate technology from Integral Technologies as it looks to develop cheaper and lighter lead-acid batteries.

The firm has completed the acquisition of two bipolar plate pending patents and all of Integral’s prototypes, trade secrets, and know-how related to the bipolar plate technology.

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Pacific Corp unveil plans to replace coal plants with 2.8GW of battery storage

Wed, 10/09/2019 - 14:22 -- Paul Crompton

US power company PacifiCorp has released plans to deploy 2,800MW of battery storage to cope with increases in its renewable energy penetration as it looks to close 20 coal power stations by 2038

Nearly 600MW of battery storage will be deployed by 2025 with the remaining capacity set to be installed by 2038 as the Oregon firm plans to close all but four of its coal-fired power station. 

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Liquid metal firm signs JDA with lithium-ion battery maker NEC Energy Solutions

Fri, 09/27/2019 - 10:12 -- Paul Crompton
Liquid metal firm sign JDA with lithium-ion battery maker NEC Energy Solutions

Lithium-ion battery maker NEC Energy Solutions (NEC) will design and develop an energy storage system based on liquid metal technology after signing a joint development agreement with US firm Ambri.

NEC will combine its AEROS® operating platform to optimise system performance of Ambri’s batteries in ESS applications including utility, independent power producers (IPPs) and project developers.

 

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