2021 Tesla Model S and Model X drop the lead-acid accessory battery

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In a Tesla Model Y or Model 3 that is in some respects a glimpse of the future of motoring, you’ll find something surprising: a version of the same old cumbersome 12-volt lead-acid battery—that you’ll have to replace after some years of use.

GS Yuasa acquiring 50% of Turkish lead-acid battery manufacturer

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Inci manufactures and sells lead-acid batteries for automotive, forklift and stationary applications. Inci is the second-largest lead-acid storage battery company is Turkey, measured by turnover, more than half of which are through its export to destinations the world over, in more than 80 countries including its neighbors.


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BCI forms partnership with China BIA on lead-acid batteries

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Battery Council International (BCI), the North American trade association representing the lead-based battery manufacturing, supply, recycling and distribution companies, announced their partnership with the China Battery Industry Association (CBIA). Because BCI and CBIA’s members comprise 70% of the lead acid battery manufacturing companies in the world, this partnership will create a unified voice for the industry and allow both associations to better serve their members.

Study sees gradual, focused replacement of lead-acid SLI batteries by Li-ion batteries over next couple of years

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A study by a team of researchers from Germany and South Africa forsees the gradual replacement of lead-acid SLI (starter, lighting and ignition) batteries with Li-ion batteries over the next couple of years. The researchers also concluded that the energy market sector and its use of the lead-acid battery will continue to grow with significant expansion in use for storage in renewable energy systems.

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Fraunhofer joins AddESun project to develop new generation of lead-acid batteries

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The Fraunhofer R&D Center Electromobility Bavaria, located at the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC, has joined a consortium of partners from industry and research to develop a new generation of lead-acid batteries. The collaborative project AddESun, aiming to safeguard the future of lead-acid batteries, was launched in September 2017.

Hitachi Chemical acquires 43.9% of Thai lead-acid battery company, plans to buy more

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is acquiring a large portion of the Thai Storage Battery Public Company Limited (TSB Company), a manufacturer of automotive and industrial lead-acid storage batteries mainly in Southeast Asia, with a high market share in Thailand and elsewhere. Both companies will expand their business in response to a wide range of customers’ needs by selling both products for automobiles and industrial lead-acid batteries by utilizing both sales networks of both companies.

Lead-acid battery companies join forces with Argonne to enhance battery performance

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Exploring the unrealized potential of lead batteries is the goal of a new collaboration between the US Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory and two leading lead recycling and lead battery manufacturing companies: RSR Technologies and East Penn Manufacturing. The collaboration will enable RSR and East Penn to use Argonne‘s state-of-the-art analytic technologies to accelerate the research of lead batteries in order to enhance performance.

Forecast puts global lead acid battery market at $76.44B by 2022

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forecasts that the global lead acid battery market will reach US$76.44 Growing preference for pollution free hybrid & electric vehicles along with technological development is expected to drive lead acid battery demand over the forecast period. VRLA (valve-regulated lead-acid) batteries are forecast to grow at a CAGR of 6.4% In a new report, Grand View Research, Inc. billion by 2022.

Johnson Controls partners with and invests in Aqua Metals for lead-acid battery recycling technology

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These modular systems allow the lead-acid battery industry to improve environmental impact and scale production simultaneously to meet rapidly growing demand. Its full range of lead-acid and lithium-ion battery technology powers nearly every type of vehicle for our customers, including traditional, start-stop, micro-hybrid, hybrid and electric.

Pike Research forecasts $18B market in 2020 for advanced lead-acid batteries, 58% in transportation

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In a new report, Pike Research forecasts that the advanced lead-acid battery (LAB) market will expand at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 19.8% Of the projected US$18-billion market in 2020, 58% of the sales will be from the transportation sector, historically one of the most of important industries for lead-acid batteries. The market value for advanced lead-acid batteries in grid storage will be approximately $6.8

MIT team proposes process to recycle lead-acid batteries to fabricate solar cells

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Researchers at MIT have devised an environmentally-responsible process to recycle materials from discarded automotive lead-acid batteries to fabricate efficient organolead halide perovskite solar cells (PSCs)—a promising new large-scale and cost-competitive photovoltaic technology. The process simultaneously avoids the disposal of toxic battery materials and provide alternative, readily-available lead sources for PSCs.

Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium membership reaches all-time high

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The Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium ( ALABC ) announced the additions of several companies to its membership list, bringing its current membership to 66 companies—its highest tally ever. The consortium, which coordinates research programs for advanced lead-acid and lead carbon batteries, is also looking to build upon that number soon as at least 10 other companies have expressed interest in joining this year or next.

Aqua Metals acquires Ebonex IPR and its bipolar ceramic lead-acid battery technology; less lead, lighter weight

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Aqua Metals , which is commercializing a non-polluting electrochemical lead recycling technology called AquaRefining ( earlier post ), has acquired UK-based Ebonex IPR Limited for 123,776 shares of Aqua Metals common stock and $100,000 in cash. Ebonex is a pre-revenue IP-based company that has developed patented technology in the field of advanced materials and manufacturing methods for advanced lead acid batteries.

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EPA finds Exide Technologies lead-acid battery recycling plant a source of harmful lead emissions

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lead-acid battery recycling facility. EPA’s investigation, prompted by community concerns as well as ongoing investigations by state and local agencies, found that Exide violated the Clean Air Act’s lead emissions standards on more than 30 occasions. EPA’s review of data collected from air quality monitors at locations on or around the facility showed average lead emissions above the federal standard from 22 March through 19 April 2014.

Aqua Metals opens first AquaRefining center for low-pollution lead-acid battery recycling

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The company says that its proprietary AquaRefining is first environmentally friendly process to recycle lead-acid batteries (LABs). The AquaRefining technology extracts lead from LABs with a room temperature, closed-loop, water-based process that results in significant reductions of hazardous waste and direct human contact with the lead itself. The process produces lead that is as pure as—or purer than—mined lead, requiring no secondary processing.

Balqon Corporation introduces HIQAP industrial lithium-ion packs to replace lead-acid batteries

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Balqon Corporation, a developer of heavy-duty electric vehicles, drive systems and lithium battery storage devices, has introduced high-capacity lithium-ion batteries as an alternative to the current industrial deep cycle lead acid batteries. HIQAP battery packs include Balqon proprietary Battery Management System (BMS) and related power electronics components for direct replacement of current lead-acid battery packs.

Cabot broadens range of performance additives for advanced lead-acid batteries

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Cabot Corporation, a global specialty chemicals and performance materials company, is introducing three new grades of PBX carbon performance additives that are designed to improve lifetime and performance for advanced lead-acid batteries used in applications such as telecom, electric forklift, e-bike and small micro-hybrid vehicles.

Hybrid Supercapacitor Gives Energy Density Of Lead-Acid Batteries (Video)

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The need to increase electric-car ranges and decrease charging times has led to huge amounts of research into improved battery chemistries. But why stop at the stuff that goes into the battery? Why not change the battery itself? Scientists at UCLA''s California NanoSystems Institute says they have developed a hybrid device that goes beyond simple. Batteries research plug-in cars energy storage capacitor

ALABC lead-acid UltraBattery Civic hybrid surpasses 100,000 miles of fleet duty

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In a project co-funded by the US Department of Energy and managed by Ecotality North America, the Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC) has demonstrated the durability of lead-carbon batteries in the high-rate, partial state-of-charge operation of a hybrid electric vehicle. and Carbon Enriched Project C3 were established to demonstrate the suitability of advanced lead battery technology in hybrid electrical vehicles (HEVs).

Recycle a lead acid battery, and where does it go?

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Could Hybrids Use Lead-Acid Batteries? Startup Says Yes

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The humble lead-acid battery, the planet's most recycled product, has been starting engines and providing power for car electrics ever since such a thing was required. It's quite easy to forget that cars have been using batteries for years before hybrids and electric vehicles arrived. Now, battery startup Energy Power Systems (EPS), fronted by

Owens Corning presenting LifeMat glass non-woven solutions for flooded lead-acid batteries for stop-start engines

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Owens Corning is exhibiting its newly-branded LifeMat glass non-woven solutions for flooded lead-acid batteries or start-stop systems at Baltimore’s Battery Council International (BCI). The LifeMat pasting mat contributes to extending the lifecycle of traditional lead-acid batteries by preventing positive active mass shedding. Other benefits include reduced acid stratification and the ability to operate in higher-temperature environments.

Panasonic and UNO MINDA to form JV to manufacture lead acid batteries in India to address rapidly expanding demand; 2- and 4-wheelers

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UNO MINDA) have agreed to establish a joint venture company to develop, manufacture and sell lead acid storage batteries in India to meet rapidly growing demand. The new joint venture company will address the growing market for lead acid storage batteries for two- and four-wheeler vehicles and UPS in India leveraging knowhow and technology owned by Panasonic as well as the customer bases of both parties. Panasonic Corporation and Minda Industries Ltd.

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Electrovaya launches Li-ion battery product line for forklift market; drop-in lead-acid replacements for Class I and Class II

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This market is currently heavily dominated by lead-acid battery solutions that cannot keep up with the demands of today’s warehouse and logistics environments. The product line, which is branded “ELivate” will leverage Electrovaya’s Lithium-ion ceramic battery technology that offers up to six times the life cycle of existing lead-acid solutions and up to twice the life cycle of other Lithium-ion products, according to the company. Electrovaya Inc.

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Lead-acid battery maker Exide files for Chapter 11 in US

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Lead-acid battery maker Exide Technologies filed a voluntary Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition. Recently, our profitability has been impacted by unprecedented increases in our product costs—driven primarily by the market price of scrap lead in North America—as well as operational challenges in the US and Europe which we have been unable to fully offset.

Penn State researchers developing methods to prolong operating life of valve regulated lead-acid batteries; electric locomotive as example

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A team of Penn State researchers is developing more cost-effective ways to prolong the life of valve regulated lead-acid (VRLA) batteries, such as those applied in Norfolk Southern Railway No. A leading cause of damage and death in lead-acid batteries is sulfation, a degradation of the battery caused by frequent charging and discharging that creates an accumulation of lead sulfate.

Johnson Controls to unveil micro hybrid lead-acid/Li-ion battery demonstration module at North American International Auto Show

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Leveraging a dual voltage architecture, Johnson Controls’ Micro Hybrid battery system would involve a low voltage lead-acid battery and a 48 volt Lithium-ion battery that enable optimization of energy generation and consumption, thus saving fuel. Johnson Controls, Inc. will introduce a 48V Micro Hybrid battery demonstration module as part of its full spectrum of advanced energy storage solutions for automobiles at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

GS Yuasa US subsidiary introduces line of lead-acid batteries for renewable energy markets

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The ECO R product line consists of four advanced lead acid, VRLA (Valve-regulated Lead-Acid Battery) products. GS Battery (USA) Inc. , a US subsidiary of GS Yuasa Group of Japan, introduced the ECO R line of advanced storage batteries targeting the renewable energy market. ECO R SLC70-4V is a 70 Ah, 4 volt design with nano-carbon technology using tubular plate and patented granular silica technology. This robust design provides up to 4,000 deep discharge cycles.

California and Exide reach agreement on addressing suspension of lead-acid battery recycling facility in Vernon, CA

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for the issuance of a Stipulation and Order that addresses the two central concerns identified in the April 2013 order to suspend Exide’s operations at its lead-acid battery recycling facility in Vernon, CA. has operations in more than 80 countries and is one of the world’s largest producers and recyclers of lead-acid batteries. It recycles approximately 25,000 lead-acid batteries daily and 8 million a year.

Industry study finds lead-acid to remain most wide-spread automotive energy storage for foreseeable future; new chemistries continue to grow

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The study, which provides a joint industry analysis of how different types of batteries are used in different automotive applications, concludes that lead-based batteries will by necessity remain the most wide-spread energy storage system in automotive applications for the foreseeable future. In particular, this report demonstrates the necessity of maintaining the exemption for lead-based batteries within the EU End of Life Vehicle Directive’s wider ban on lead in light-duty vehicles.

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Study finds flooded lead-acid battery performance & cycle life increased by adding dCNT to PAM and NAM; benefit for start-stop

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Researchers with Molecular Rebar Design report that the addition of discrete carbon nanotubes (dCNT), which they call Molecular Rebar, to both the positive and negative electrodes (Positive Active Material, PAM and Negative Active Material, NAM) in conventional flooded lead-acid batteries results in: little change to reserve capacity; improved cold cranking, increased charge acceptance, and enhanced overall system efficiency.

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ePower Trucks Launches New Electric CV with Swappable Lead-Acid Pack

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The lead-acid battery technology, adapted from military use in tanks, is maintenance-free and can operate at temperatures of up to -20 °C. UK-based ePower Trucks has introduced a new electric light commercial vehicle, the XT320E 3.5t. Available from £30,000 (US$47,000), the XT320E costs around half the price of the current 3.5t electric vans on the market, the company says, and is capable of 60 miles on a full charge of its 13 kWh battery pack. Payload is 1,000 kg. The XT320E.

Next-generation Lead Acid Battery Company Firefly Energy Shuts Down, Files for Chapter 7

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developer of a portfolio of next-generation lead-acid battery technologies ( earlier post ), has shut down and is filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy (liquidation rather than reorganization as with Chapter 11). PJStar.com. Seven-year-old Firefly Energy Inc.,

Firefly Energy Receives Additional $3.3 Million Army Contract for Further Enhancement of Microcell Lead Acid Technology

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Firefly’s microcell battery technology delivering 4-6 times the lifetime energy compared with traditional Valve Regulated Lead Acid (“VRLA”) batteries. The 3D technology replaces traditional lead acid battery negative lead metal electrodes with a three dimensional high surface area microcell foam negative electrode, that exploits the historically unrealized high power potential of lead acid chemistry. Firefly Energy has signed a $3.3

Johnson Controls Building Third Lead-Acid Battery Plant in China, Planning Fourth

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the largest supplier of automotive batteries, is investing $118 million to build a third automotive lead-acid battery plant in China, to be located in Chongqing. The 30,000 square-meter Chongqing plant will produce automotive lead-acid batteries using Johnson Controls Power Solutions technologies, including its patented PowerFrame grid technology. Motorcycles and cars have become Chongqing’s leading industry, with 21 automakers located there alone.

New silicon-based lead-acid batteries could power new generation of micro-hybrids

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When is a hybrid not a hybrid? Potentially when it’s a conventional gas-powered car using an electrified powertrain. Many automakers have announced that they will build some percentage of their car fleet as pure electrics. The gas-powered vehicles that remain will still need a significant boost in fuel economy. READ THIS: 48-volt mild

Exide Technologies, SRNL and University of Idaho to Collaborate to Advance Lead-Acid Battery Chemistry

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Exide Technologies entered into a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the US Department of Energy’s Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) and the University of Idaho to develop and commercialize improvements on lead-acid battery technology for applications including hybrid electric vehicles and renewable energy storage. Lead-acid batteries, which are used for transportation and stand-by applications, account for half of the rechargeable battery market.

Controlled Power Technologies and Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium to unveil LC Super Hybrid at Geneva show; low-cost “micro-mild” demonstrator

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The LC Super Hybrid, conceived by Controlled Power Technologies (CPT) and the Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC) to show that significant CO 2 reduction can be achieved through electric hybridization at low voltages (12-48 volts) using the latest lead-carbon batteries, will make its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show. Advanced lead-acid battery system. These next-generation lead-acid batteries are already under test in pre-production vehicles.

Freescale introduces intelligent sensor for automotive lead-acid battery monitoring; addressing increasing electrical loads and stop-start

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Freescale Semiconductor introduced the MM912J637 intelligent battery sensor (IBS), which accurately measures the voltage, current and temperature of lead-acid batteries and calculates the battery state, all while operating in harsh automotive conditions. Vehicle breakdowns caused by the electrical system can usually be traced back to the lead-acid battery and can generally be avoided by knowing the precise state of the battery, Freescale notes.

Johnson Controls breaks ground on fully-integrated automotive lead-acid battery recycling facility in US; targeted opening in 2012

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broke ground on a fully-integrated automotive lead-acid battery recycling facility in Florence, S.C. The post-consumer lead and polypropylene from the batteries will be reused to make more batteries. The facility will adhere to the US EPA’s newly released, more stringent standards for ambient air, which reduced the acceptable concentration of lead in air by a factor of 10, changing the standard from 1.5 Johnson Controls, Inc.

Johnson Controls to Acquire 90% of Lead-Acid JV Delkor Corporation

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signed an agreement to acquire 90% of its existing joint venture with Delkor Corporation, a leading automotive battery manufacturer based in Seoul, South Korea. Johnson Controls, Inc. The remaining 10% will be acquired by the local management team, with all transactions completed no later than 15 Aug. The Delkor joint venture was part of Johnson Controls’ acquisition of Delphi’s global automotive battery business in 2005.

University of Glamorgan and Atraverda to Partner on Bi-Polar Lead-Acid Batteries; Potential Application in Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

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The University of Glamorgan (Wales) and Atraverda, an advanced material company that owns the intellectual property rights to a conductive ceramic known as Ebonex, are collaborating to produce a commercially viable bi-polar lead-acid battery. The partners say their work could lead to lead-acid batteries that are up to 40% lighter, 20% smaller, have 40% more energy capacity and twice the lifespan of traditional lead acid batteries.

Measuring State-of-Charge on Lead Acid Batteries

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Since I'm still waiting on parts from ElectroAuto, I decided to take the plunge and do some extensive research on Lead-Acid battery technology. Given that I'm using lead-acid technology, one of the big challenges is knowing just how much charge is left in the batteries so I don't run them down below 20% SOC (or state-of-charge). Off to some interesting bedtime reading on lead-acid modelling technology

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