What Changed In The EV Battery Market In November?


    The battery market is one of the most interesting industries in the global economy. As part of our new “What Changed … ?” series, it seemed appropriate to include a thorough update of what changes in the EV battery market on a monthly basis. Below is a rundown of what changed in November.

It was revealed that SK Innovation, a major South Korean EV battery manufacturer, plans to invest 840.2 billion won (~$777 million) into an EV battery production facility in Hungary in early 2018.

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Lead battery associations agree memorandum after negative recycling report

Lead battery associations agree memorandum after negative recycling report

     September 12, 2019: Lead acid battery associations and experts have come together in the wake of

a negative report about informal battery recycling which claimed 90% of the batteries that entered

India’s recycling industry were processed in informal units.

    The report, Loaded Batteries: Mapping the Toxic Waste Trail, was strongly refuted by L. Pugazhenthy (known as Pug),

the executive director of the India Lead Zinc Development Association. (See here.)

    “This conclusion is exaggerated and totally flawed,” he said. “The sector is legislated and operates under an

appropriate set of rules for ULAB collection.”

    Meanwhile, the International Lead Association, Battery Council International, EUROBAT and the Association of Battery Recyclers have continued their planning over the responsible use of lead in the battery business.

    The four have cosigned a ‘binding memorandum of cooperation’ to promote responsible material sourcing and prevent material entering the market from uncontrolled sources; encourage improvements in environmental procedures and producer responsibility programmes to create market-driven collection of ULABs and responsible recycling; support practice sharing and health and environment standards; and improve transparency by reporting progress.

    In a joint statement on September 9, the associations differentiated between developing and developed industries, saying: “In Europe and the US, lead battery manufacturing and recycling is rigorously regulated and takes place within stringent safety and environmental standards that deliver a closed loop circular economy.

    “However, as demand for energy storage using batteries is set to grow it could be matched by an uptick in the informal recycling sector in other regions of the world.”

    One of the ILA’s most senior experts, Brian Wilson, has worked all over the world in helping to advise businesses and communities how to improve lead battery recycling.

    “With the ever-increasing demand for more lead batteries, particularly in emerging economies where vehicle numbers are on the up and green energy storage is a major growth market, the need for sustainable, responsible, environmentally sound lead battery recycling could not be greater,” he said.

    ILA managing director Andy Bush said: “The companies represented by our associations are committed to setting the highest standards of health and safety and good environmental stewardship. To be successful in this goal we must widen the outreach of the initiative by involving associations representing member companies with interests in Asia, Africa and beyond.”

BCI executive vice president Kevin Moran said he wanted to ensure manufacturing and recycling of lead batteries met standards worldwide.

    “There must be an end to the dangerous and inappropriate use of substandard recycling operations, but this will take time and will require a coordinated effort involving multiple stakeholders,” he said.

Author: Carrie Hampel 



Chinese scientist gets grant to help renewable energy research

—A Chinese scientist from Imperial College London has landed a 1.5-million-euro ($1.64 million) grant from the European Research Council to further his research into flow batteries.

Song Qilei, a Chinese scientist at Imperial College London, demonstrates the manufacture of new membranes for cost-effective flow battery energy storage technology. 

Song Qilei, from Imperial's department of chemical engineering, is researching next-generation cost-effective redox flow batteries-large energy storage devices that could power cities. He has been awarded an ERC starting grant-one of Europe's most prestigious scientific grants.

A typical flow battery consists of two tanks of electrolytes that are pumped past a membrane held between two electrodes. The membrane separator allows ions to transport between the tanks while preventing the cross-mixing of the electrolyte solutions.

Song has developed a membrane for a battery, a key component that improves the performance and lifetime of the flow battery, and is up to 16 times cheaper than the current method.

The 35-year-old said the research could help accelerate developments in renewable energy, mitigate climate change and solve the mismatch between intermittent supply of renewable energy and the variable power grid.

The project involves collaborations with researchers at Imperial College London, University of Edinburgh, University of Cambridge, and institutions in the European Union and China.

Song, who described the research as a 'dream project', said: "This grant will enable me to expand my team and move into new areas to pursue groundbreaking fundamental research in renewable energy conversion and storage. Our research will have a great impact for the development of renewable energy, such as solar and wind power, as well as the hydrogen economy, and contribute to sustainable development in Europe and the world."

ERC starting grants recognize talented early-career scientists who show potential to be research leaders and have a scientific track-record that shows great promise. Seven Imperial academics, including Song, were successful in being awarded ERC starting grants, being funded with a combined 11 million euros.

Nick Jennings, Imperial's vice-provost, said the college's seven academics recognized with the highly prestigious awards "have all shown the ability and ambition to be future leaders in their field".

"Imperial was one of the top recipients in Europe of these greatly sought-after grants-demonstrating our research excellence and standing among the world's very best institutions," he said.


Source: https://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201909/30/WS5d9171f0a310cf3e3556e5a7.html



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