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Posted By BCI Headquarters, Monday, October 7, 2019

ST. LOUIS (Oct. 7, 2019) – The 15th annual Fall Rocks celebration returns to the Missouri Mines State Historic Site Powerhouse Museum in Park Hills, Missouri, on Saturday, October 26 from 5-8 p.m. Co-sponsored by the Missouri Mines State Historic Site and The Doe Run Company (Doe Run), the family-friendly event features activities that teach children about Missouri’s natural resources. Fall Rocks is free and open to the public.

“We love that Fall Rocks gives us a chance to introduce children to the importance of minerals in our everyday lives,” said Brian Mangogna, general manager at Doe Run’s Southeast Missouri Mining and Milling Division (SEMO). “And, we get to instill pride in our region because Missouri mining helps supply vital minerals to the world, like the lead that is used in batteries to start our cars and that stores essential energy from solar panels and wind farms.”

Hard hat decorating, cookie mining, toothpaste making, and minerals trivia are just a few of the activities that families can look forward to this year. Free refreshments will also be provided throughout the event. Doe Run staff and volunteers will run the activity stations, and state park staff will be available to answer questions about mining and minerals in the Old Lead Belt. The Powerhouse Museum will be open for guests to explore exhibits about the history of mining technology.

The Missouri Mines State Historic Site is located at 4000 State Highway 32 in Park Hills, which is on the south side of Highway 32 at the Flat River Drive overpass, 1.5 miles west of U.S. Highway 67.

For more information, contact Art Hebrank at the Powerhouse Museum at (573) 431-6226 or Kim Midgett at (573) 244-8113, or visit

About The Doe Run Company
Based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, The Doe Run Company is a privately held natural resources company and a global provider of lead, copper and zinc concentrates. Dedicated to environmentally responsible mineral and metal production, Doe Run operates one of the world’s largest, single-site lead recycling centers, located in Boss, Missouri, and mines from one of the world’s largest lead mining districts, also in Missouri. The Doe Run Company and its subsidiaries deliver products and services necessary to provide power, protection and convenience. Doe Run has operations in Missouri, Washington and Arizona. For more information, visit

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Posted By BCI Headquarters, Thursday, October 3, 2019

New Study Reveals Thriving Lead Battery Industry Keeps Americans

Mobile and Connected in Modern, Green Economy


CHICAGO — October 3, 2019 — Today, as the U.S. approaches Manufacturing Day 2019, a new study finds the lead battery industry is thriving. At the close of 2018, it showed a 20% increase in reported direct jobs since that information was last collected in 2016. In all, the industry reported nearly 25,000 direct jobs across 38 states and 92,000 total jobs when factoring in suppliers and worker spending in different industries.  

The study also noted the U.S. lead battery industry contributed $26.3 billion in total economic output to the national economy. Included in that number is $10.9 billion in gross domestic product and $2.4 billion in government revenue.

The study, Economic Contribution of the U.S. Lead Battery Industry, was prepared by the EDR Group at the request of Essential Energy Everyday and Battery Council International (BCI). The findings demonstrate the economic benefits lead battery manufacturers and recyclers provide to thousands of American workers and their communities. Cumulatively, industry workers earn $6 billion annually in livable wages that provide access to the middle class, regardless of workers’ education level. Relative to other industry sectors, employees of the lead battery industry earn high salaries. On average, salaries among mining and recycling employees reached $98,100, while manufacturing employees saw salaries of $64,000.

Study respondents also reported spending more than $100 million on research and development, which has driven additional long-term job creation and other economic impacts. Kevin Moran, executive vice president of BCI, expects further industry growth, given the essential nature of lead batteries and their successful and sustainable model of a circular economy.

“Lead batteries keep Americans mobile and connected by powering more than 275 million cars and trucks and supporting a communications infrastructure of more than $1 trillion.” Moran further explained, “Lead batteries also play an increasingly important role in cost-effective energy storage, as the demand for renewable energy increases. And, with a 99% recycling rate, they feed a circular economy that creates additional green jobs.”

Moran noted a lead battery’s role in green transportation as a key growth factor. He said start-stop vehicle technology using advanced lead batteries removes 4.5 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually in the U.S.  Lead batteries also enable growth in electric vehicles by providing critical safety and security functions. To accelerate the rollout of electric vehicles, one pilot project is studying the battery’s ability to store energy and manage electricity demand in charging stations

“Our industry is proud of its contribution to the national economy and our role in the circular economy as a provider of green jobs and technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The employment we’re providing is giving Americans a foothold to the middle class, in an era when many manufacturing jobs are in decline,” Moran concluded.

The full study and methodology can be found here.


Note to editors: The study author is available to interview and additional graphics are available for publication. Contact Lisa Dry

Learn More at Essential Energy EverydayEssential Energy Everyday exists to increase awareness of the critical importance of lead batteries in powering our daily lives and future. It encourages continued investment in sustainable lead battery technology to store and provide energy on demand. Its initiative is supported by the two global trade associations that represent the lead battery and lead industries, Battery Council International and the International Lead Association.

About Battery Council International Battery Council International is the North American trade association representing the lead-based battery manufacturing, supply, recycling and distribution companies. For more information on the association, visit  

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Meet BCI's New Board Member: Brian Leen, President and CEO, Gopher Resource, LLC

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Monday, September 23, 2019

Brian Leen was appointed to the Board of Directors of Gopher Resource, LLC, in early 2018 and joined the company as President and CEO in December of that year. Previously, Mr. Leen served as President and Chief Executive Officer of ADA Carbon Solutions, LLC, a leading producer of activated carbon for the mercury control industry. Mr. Leen has over 25 years of experience in the specialty chemicals and materials industry. Under his leadership, ADA Carbon Solutions grew to become the largest provider of mercury control technology to the coal fired power industry, increasing its market share of activated carbon fivefold in eight years. Prior to joining ADA Carbon Solutions in 2010, he was President of the North American printing ink operations for Sun Chemical Corporation, a global provider of printing inks and pigments with approximately $3.5 billion in revenues and 10,000 employees. He also led the Performance Pigments Group of Sun Chemical. Mr. Leen has a diverse background running global businesses and a track record for driving growth. He serves on the Board of Directors of Advanced Emissions Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADES) and has participated on a number of private boards. Mr. Leen holds a bachelor’s degree in Marketing from the University of Kentucky and is a graduate of the Executive Management Program at the University of Michigan.

How did you get involved in the lead battery industry?

In my previous role as the CEO for ADA Carbon Solutions, its private equity sponsor, Energy Capital Partners, asked me to help with its diligence of Gopher Resource. I was immediately drawn to, and impressed by the lead battery industry, the company and the management team. I was surprised to learn that lead batteries are the most recycled consumer product in the United States, with a recycling rate of over 99%.  I was also impressed with the long and successful history of Gopher Resource and its reputation for quality, environmental leadership, productivity and customer focus.

Shortly after Energy Capital Partners successfully acquired Gopher Resource in March of 2018, I joined the board. Then, after the sale of ADA Carbon Solutions, Energy Capital Partners asked me to join Gopher Resource as President and CEO, and I happily agreed. The lead battery industry is not without its challenges; however, I see a bright future for the industry and the role of Gopher Resource in it. I’m excited to be part of this important work and to have joined a terrific team.

What is the biggest change you’ve seen in the industry?

I’m new to the industry, but I’ve been told that the pace of change has been dramatic and continues to accelerate. Although my perspective on the past is limited, I can see the change in front of us, and it is significant, presenting challenges as well as opportunities. One opportunity that I see is the continued development of new and diverse applications for stored power and the pace of innovation among battery manufacturers to meet those demands. Our role in supporting those efforts is in producing the alloys necessary to enable these new technologies. 

Additionally, I see environmental activism against our industry intensifying. Although the examples often cited pertain to practices in other countries, it has become very clear to me that this is a global issue that will impact us all. I believe that we need to address these issues proactively in three ways.

First, we need to adopt a continuous improvement approach to environmental stewardship. Gopher Resource has done that. Emissions of SO2 and ambient lead have continued to decrease, while our volume of spent batteries processed has increased. Second, we need to educate people domestically about the positive contributions of lead batteries to the environment. Few people realize that the reduction in CO2 emissions due to start/stop technology would not be possible without advances in lead battery technology. Plus, the lead battery industry is arguably one of the best examples of a closed loop, circular economy and a model of sustainability. Lastly, and coming back to the global issue, I believe we need to do all we can to proliferate safe and environmentally responsible recycling everywhere it is done. Lead exposure is inarguably harmful. We have proven in our plants and in our domestic industry that we can recycle batteries safely and prevent harmful effects in those who work in our plants, as well as in the communities where we operate. We can and should share those best practices with others and work toward achieving the same standards of environmental stewardship everywhere batteries are recycled.

What do you value about BCI?

Having worked in many other industries, it’s reassuring and exciting to see the level of activity in BCI. I am most excited about the recent announcement of cooperation between BCI, ILA, EUROBAT, and ABR on the Materials Stewardship Program. It’s an important first step in establishing standards and sharing best practices related to the safe and environmentally responsible handling of lead. As I mentioned earlier, I believe this is an important responsibility of our industry and critical to our collective future.

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Meet BCI's New Board Member: Timothy Vargo, Chairman, President and CEO, Exide Technologies

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Monday, September 23, 2019

 Timothy (Tim) D. Vargo is Chairman of the Board and Board Member, President and Chief ExecutiveOfficer of Exide Technologies, a global provider of stored electrical-energy solutions for transportation and industrial markets. Mr. Vargo retired from Kele Incorporated, a leading distributor of building automation and HVAC products, in April 2017 where he served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director since 2010. He brings more than 40 years of leadership and managerial experience in capital allocation and restructuring, automotive supply chain and process improvement. Previously, Mr. Vargo served as President and Chief Executive Officer of TruckPro, Inc., a heavy-duty truck parts distributor. Under his leadership, TruckPro significantly improved sales strategies and store operations. Prior to TruckPro, he was the President and Chief Operating Officer of AutoZone where he was instrumental in formulating and executing the growth strategy that took the company from 1,000 stores to 3,250 stores and sales from $1.5 billion to over $5 billion.

How did you get involved in the lead battery industry?

I've had the pleasure of knowing Exide as a business for most of my entire professional career in the automotive aftermarket. Having served on the Board of Exide for a couple of years prior to becoming CEO, I became very familiar with the lead battery industry overall.

I've also been a car guy my whole life and using reliable batteries was always an important part of enjoying that experience. I learned a lot about lead batteries at a young age when I sold them in an auto parts store as well.

What is the biggest change you’ve seen in the industry?

Innovation is critical in our industry to ensure that batteries continually become “smarter” to meet new demands from customers, markets and environmental regulations. We are not operating in a “one-size-fits-all” industry, meaning that we have to develop the best battery for each market we serve, taking into account numerous industry trends and factors that impact battery operation.

We are seeing a shift for continuous innovation in the lead chemistry in both the transportation and industrial markets in order to increase efficiencies and to be more environmentally friendly.

On the transportation side of the business, in Europe there has been a focus on reducing CO2 emissions. Exide has been a leader in introducing innovative lead batteries to meet those new environmental requirements. In fact, in 2004 Exide was first-to-market with the AGM battery technology in Europe for Start-Stop applications, which significantly helped car manufacturers improve fuel economy. We have also successfully brought to market the Enhanced Flooded Battery (EFB) in the European market and recently in the Americas market to give our customers even more choices in battery technology to enhance fuel economy and reduce emissions.  

On the industrial side of the business, utilizing other battery chemistries to meet the unique energy requirements of our customers has changed the product portfolio the industry offers. At Exide, lithium-ion options have been a part of our offering since 2013, leading the way in both Europe and the Americas markets. Additionally, we have incorporated IoT (Internet of Things) capabilities as a means to better understand our customers' energy challenges and to design customized solutions from our wide bench of motive power technologies. This is truly an innovative approach to helping our customers find better solutions.

In the future, I see our industry using IoT and other data-enabled tools to bring new opportunities to add value to our battery technologies across all chemistries and applications.

On the environmental side, Exide has worked hard to make sure that we have fulfilled our obligations to change our processes to meet current standards. We are committed to providing clean air for our employees and we embrace the current standards for air quality, water quality and soil quality. We work hard every day to make sure we are good stewards of the environment.

What do you value about BCI?

 BCI brings our industry a platform from which we can unify and amplify our efforts to communicate the value and importance the lead battery industry brings to the world’s energy needs. The lead battery industry has been around for a long time and has quietly powered cars, forklifts, submarines and aircrafts. BCI helps us tell our story and share the success of the lead battery industry in terms of innovation and the circular economy with a 99% recycling rate. BCI also provides a forum for our industry to stay up-to-date on important legislative matters and other policy changes.

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Posted By BCI Headquarters, Monday, September 16, 2019

Festival celebrates Missouri’s mining history with a parade, carnival rides, music and more

VIBURNUM, Mo. (Sept. 16, 2019) — On Oct. 4-6, The Doe Run Company (Doe Run) and the Viburnum community will celebrate the region’s mining history at the 33rd Annual Old Miners Days festival. The event includes free tours of Doe Run’s mines on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Mining has been a part of Missouri’s history for more than 300 years,” said Brian Mangogna, general manager at Doe Run’s Southeast Missouri Mining and Milling Division (SEMO). “Those early miners would be amazed to see the technologies transforming how we work today. In many cases, we’re one of the first mining companies to pilot new innovations, like Railveyor, an automated electrically powered underground light rail system. Innovation is important in order to keep Doe Run a leader in the lead mining industry for many years to come.”

During Old Miners Days, visitors are invited to go roughly 1,250 feet underground to see a working lead mine. The mines are cavernous, with roadways large enough to accommodate haul trucks, and feature glittering rock faces and dramatic rock pillars. Guests 12 and older can register at Doe Run’s Old Miners Days booth, and buses will transport guests to and from the site.

“This is one of our favorite weekends of the entire year,” said Mangogna. “We live and work in this community too, and enjoy the opportunity to show our neighbors what modern mining actually looks like.”

More than 100 Doe Run employees volunteer their time each year to make Old Miners Days a success. Above ground, mining equipment, such as haul trucks and loaders, will be on display, along with an area where children can see how the equipment works by moving sand with remote-controlled loaders.

Old Miners Days is a celebration of the Viburnum area's rich history as one of the world’s largest lead mining districts. The annual event attracts thousands of visitors to enjoy music, food and family-friendly activities. The variety of entertainment provides fun for any age, including a parade, car show, musical performances, children’s games, and more. The events will take place next to the Viburnum High School on the Viburnum Center parking lot. Learn more about Old Miners Days, including a full schedule of events, at

About The Doe Run Company
Based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, The Doe Run Company is a privately held natural resources company and a global provider of lead, copper and zinc concentrates. Dedicated to environmentally responsible mineral and metal production, Doe Run operates one of the world’s largest, single-site lead recycling centers, located in Boss, Missouri, and mines from one of the world’s largest lead mining districts, also in Missouri. The Doe Run Company and its subsidiaries deliver products and services necessary to provide power, protection and convenience. Doe Run has operations in Missouri, Washington and Arizona. For more information, visit and

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Posted By BCI Headquarters, Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Funding will help advance recycling innovation, U.S. energy agenda

ST. PAUL, MN (SEPT 5, 2019) – Gopher Resource, a national environmental solutions provider based in Eagan, MN, has been awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). As one of seven grant recipients, Gopher Resource will share the $2 million in federal funding on projects meant to advance the national energy innovation agenda.

Gopher Resource partnered with Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, TN, with assistance from Gas Technology Institute of Des Plaines, IL, to secure the grant. Leading the effort at Gopher Resource were employees Dr. Joseph Grogan, who is vice president of research and development, and Dr. Alexandra Anderson, the project’s principle investigator. Anderson said the collaboration with Oak Ridge will be a major leap for lead battery recycling innovation. (Lead batteries have a 99.3% recycling rate, making them the most recycled consumer product in the U.S. and a model for creating a sustainable circular economy.)

“This is a tremendous partnership and an exciting first for the lead battery industry to further enhance furnace efficiency and reduce energy use,” Anderson explained. “Together, we’ll use cutting-edge multiphysics modeling tools to push the current boundaries of productivity for secondary lead furnaces.”

According to the USGS 2019 Lead Mineral Commodity Summary, in 2018, secondary lead production in the U.S. provided for more than 70% of the total lead demand and was estimated to have a total U.S. market value of $3 billion. Grogan said he’s optimistic that new discoveries will allow major lead battery recyclers, like Gopher Resource, to supply even more high-quality, low-cost lead to advanced lead battery manufacturers. In turn, the new lead batteries will help meet the nation’s rapidly growing demand for energy storage.

Gopher Resource President and CEO, Brian Leen, remarked on the company’s commitment to innovation in becoming the best environmental solutions provider in the lead recycling space.

“The grant from the Department of Energy recognizes Gopher Resource as a leader in innovation and supports our ongoing quest to maximize the efficiency and productivity of lead battery recycling. The important work by our R&D team, led by Dr. Joe Grogan, is a critical component in the country’s energy future.” He added, “Advances in the safety, productivity and sustainability of the recycling process resulting from this work are important for our industry and our customers.”

The award is part of the High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation Initiative, a DOE-wide effort comprising EERE, the Office of Fossil Energy, the Office of Science, and the National Laboratories system. The initiative helps to leverage the National Laboratories’ high performance computing capabilities to address opportunities and advancements in manufacturing and materials through state-of-the-art modeling, simulation and data analysis.

About Gopher Resource

Gopher Resource is a leading national environmental solutions provider whose core business is the safe recycling of lead batteries, followed by select household waste recycling. Through innovative facilities in Eagan, MN, and Tampa, FL, the company is a model of sustainable circular economic success. Gopher Resource helps prevent over 26 million spent automotive, industrial and stationary batteries from going into landfills each year and ensures their reuse into valuable, new consumer products. Founded in 1946, Gopher Resource is owned by Energy Capital Partners, a private equity firm focused on investing in North America’s energy infrastructure. For more information visit Gopher Resource.

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Industry Associations Join Forces and Commit to Improve Global Health, Safety and Environmental Performance in the Lead Battery Supply Chain

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Monday, September 9, 2019

LONDON (Sept. 9, 2019) ---  The lead production and lead battery industries have joined forces to advance environmentally responsible production and recycling worldwide to keep pace with the growing demand for energy storage. 

Industry associations representing businesses involved in advanced lead and lead battery manufacturing and lead production have signed a memorandum of cooperation. It is designed to help improve standards in those countries where informal recycling is dominant, while maintaining the highest standards worldwide.

The agreement is to formalize on-going industry efforts and collaboration to improve recycling practices in low and middle-income countries, where regulations and industry safety standards are either inadequate, non-existent or ineffectively enforced.

Improper and unregulated battery recycling of all battery chemistries can cause serious health risks for employees and nearby communities. However, the value of the lead and other materials from recycling used batteries drives some communities to undertake improper recycling despite the risks.

In Europe and the United States, lead battery manufacturing and recycling is rigorously regulated and takes place within stringent safety and environmental standards that deliver a closed-loop circular economy where more than 99 per cent of used batteries are recycled. 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.

Battery Council International Executive Vice President Kevin Moran, speaking on behalf of the four associations, said, "We want to ensure that manufacturing and recycling of lead batteries worldwide meet standards that protect human health and the environment. 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.

"We acknowledge that we can play a significant role by using our commercial influence to encourage environmentally sound practices, by sharing best practice with governments, regulators and NGOs and by undertaking appropriate levels of due diligence to reduce the probability that battery raw materials produced through unsound practices do not end up in our supply chain."

Rene Schroeder, EUROBAT executive director, said, "European battery manufacturers are committed to protecting the environment and employees. All batteries are essential in Europe's ambition to decarbonize its energy and mobility systems. The material stewardship program for lead batteries, which we're supporting, is an important sign of our commitment to an environmentally and socially sustainable lead battery industry, which operates to the highest standards."

The battery and lead manufacturing industries, represented by the International Lead Association, Battery Council International, the European battery association EUROBAT and the Association of Battery Recyclers, have signed a binding memorandum of cooperation as part of a program of responsible material stewardship.

Building on this agreement, the associations' joint project team will develop principles and guidelines designed to:

  • Promote responsible sourcing and prevent material entering the market from recyclers who fail to establish controls and processes to protect public health and the environment;
  • Encourage continuous improvement in the environmental and health and safety performance of member companies;
  • Encourage the development of producer responsibility programs so that there is market driven collection of the companies' batteries at end-of-life and recycling under environmentally sound conditions;
  • Support best practice sharing and provide support to improve health and environmental standards in low and middle-income countries;
  • Enhance transparency by reporting progress to interested stakeholders.

Dr. Andy Bush, managing director of the International Lead Association added, "The companies represented by our associations are committed to setting the highest standards of health and safety and good environmental stewardship. We want these standards to apply worldwide to support sustainable lead battery value chains. We acknowledge that to be successful in this goal we must work with others and widen the outreach of our initiative by involving associations representing member companies with interests in Asia, Africa and beyond."


Notes to editors:

  1. For more information, please contact the following media offices: 
  1. The International Lead Association has been supporting the lead battery recycling industry with technical expertise advising businesses, governments and communities around the world on the safe and environmentally sound recycling of used lead batteries for more than two decades. Read more here.

About ILA

The International Lead Association is the trusted global trade association for the lead industry and its member companies are at the forefront of the mining, smelting, refining and recycling of lead. ILA represents the producers of about 3 million tonnes of lead. The association is working towards a vision of a sustainable global lead industry that is recognized for the positive contribution it makes to society. 

About Battery Council International
Battery Council International is the North American trade association representing the lead-based battery manufacturing, supply, recycling and distribution companies. For more information on the association, visit

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BCI Announces New President, David M. Shaffer; Joseph A. Walicki Retires from BCI Board of Directors

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Wednesday, September 4, 2019

CHICAGO ---  Battery Council International (BCI) has announced the appointment of David M. "Dave" Shaffer to President of the BCI Board of Directors effective Sept. 1 succeeding Joseph A. "Joe" Walicki who has announced he will step down as president and resign from the BCI Board of Directors effective Aug. 31 coinciding with his retirement.

"We are excited to welcome Dave into his new role as BCI's president and we are eager to see where his leadership will take us, as the organization is poised to enter a new strategic planning phase," said Kevin Moran, BCI executive vice president. "On behalf of BCI, I'd like to extend my gratitude to Joe for his many contributions and service to BCI. We wish him years of happiness in his retirement."

Shaffer currently serves as director, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of EnerSys, a manufacturer and distributor of reserve power and motive power batteries, battery chargers, power equipment, battery accessories and outdoor equipment enclosure solutions. 

Shaffer reaffirmed the focus of BCI by stating that, "Energy storage has never been more important or exciting, and our industry continues to meet the world's energy storage needs as they transition to decarbonization. BCI has a vital role to help its members adapt to an evolving technology and regulatory landscape. I thank the BCI board and membership for the opportunity to serve as president as we work together to sustain our collective success."

Walicki welcomed Shaffer to his position as board president by stating, "As I step down from my role as board president, I am pleased to have Dave assume this leadership position. His passion, energy and commitment to the industry will be valuable to the BCI board, staff and members."

Until Aug. 31 Walicki is the president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Clarios, previously known as Johnson Controls Power Solutions. He represents the company in the advancement of energy storage technologies, the support of vehicle energy efficiency standards and is an advocate for sound energy and environmental policies.

In announcing his retirement, Walicki stated, "After more than 30 years at Johnson Controls, now Clarios, I am looking forward to the next chapter in my life. I have never been as proud as I am today of the Clarios team and the work they have done and will continue to perform under its leadership. My wife, Claire, and I look forward to returning to our home back East where we will be surrounded by our family and reconnect with longtime friends."

Photos available upon request.


About David M. Shaffer

David M. "Dave" Shaffer was appointed director, president and chief executive officer of EnerSys effective April 2016. He served as president and chief operating officer of EnerSys from November 2014 through March 2016, and EnerSys' President - Europe, Middle East & Africa (EMEA) from January 2013 through October 2014. From 2008 to 2013, he was President - Asia. Previously he was responsible for EnerSys' telecommunication sales in the Americas. He has worked in various roles of increased responsibility in the industry since 1989.

Shaffer received a Master of Business Administration from Marquette University and Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois.

About Joseph A. Walicki

Joseph A."Joe" Walicki has more than 30 years of leadership experience in the automotive and energy storage industry. He has held several sales and operations leadership positions with Johnson Controls Building Technology and Solutions and Power Solutions division, now Clarios. He currently serves as the president and chief executive officer, overseeing all aspects of the global business. He joined Johnson Controls in 1988.

In this role, he represents the company in the advancement of energy storage technologies, the support of vehicle energy efficiency standards and is an advocate for sound energy and environmental policies.

Prior to being appointed to his current role in 2014, he held positions of increasing responsibility across the business. He served as group vice president and general manager, Systems, Services, and Solutions, North America, as part of Johnson Controls Building Technology and Solutions division.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Drexel University and a Master of Business Administration from LaSalle University.

About Battery Council International
Battery Council International is the North American trade association representing the lead-based battery manufacturing, supply, recycling and distribution companies. For more information on the association, visit

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Doe Run Supports Stem Education In Southeast Missouri

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Thursday, August 22, 2019

STEM programs at local schools help students learn vital skills for future careers

ST. LOUIS (Aug. 22, 2019) – Nearly 20 percent of all current U.S. jobs require science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills or training, and that will only increase over time. The Doe Run Company (Doe Run) continues to support essential STEM curriculum throughout southeast Missouri schools to prepare current students for the future.

This summer, Doe Run has pledged more than $15,000 to local schools that have implemented STEM programs within elementary and middle schools. The funding will help enhance curriculum, as well as assist in buying new equipment for hands-on learning.

“Today’s mining and metal working jobs use a lot of technology – from drones, digital data collection and sensor technologies to complex data analysis and reporting systems. We believe by investing in our local students, we can inspire the future leaders of our company and our industry to embrace the STEM technologies needed for our growth,” said Sharon Gietl, vice president – information technology and human resources at Doe Run. “We also see this as an investment in our local community, where many of our employees live and where their children attend school. High quality education programs will help keep southeast Missouri a desirable place to live, work and raise a family.”

This marks the third year Doe Run has supported Project Lead The Way (PLTW) at Valley R-VI High School in Caledonia. Doe Run pledged $7,000 this year, bringing the total donation to $23,000. PLTW provides STEM curriculum focused on project-based learning to prepare students for STEM careers and to solve real world problems in a collaborative environment. Over a three-year period, 242 students in grades 7-12 participated in PLTW at Valley R-VI.

“This curriculum is making a difference in our students’ lives and helping them learn about career opportunities that they had not considered before,” said Trina Pritchett, Valley R-VI high school science teacher and PLTW gateway instructor. “Many of these students have graduated and chosen to study a profession that they learned about through PLTW.”

Doe Run also pledged $8,000 to Bunker Elementary to buy new equipment for students and faculty, including lab materials, teacher training, robotics, and more. At North Wood R-VI in Salem, Doe Run also helped fund STEM kits to be used in the middle school program. The kits enable students in grades 5-8 to plan and carry out scientific investigations, analyze and interpret data, and use mathematics and computational thinking.

Doe Run Supports STEM Education in Southeast Missouri
STEM skills are the foundation for many career opportunities in science, engineering and mining across the region. There will be an estimated 3.5 million jobs in STEM-related fields by 2025.1 Fostering an early interest in STEM learning is critical to filling these roles for the next generation.

About The Doe Run Company
Based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, The Doe Run Company is a privately held natural resources company and a global provider of lead, copper and zinc concentrates. Dedicated to environmentally responsible mineral and metal production, Doe Run operates one of the world’s largest, single-site lead recycling centers, located in Boss, Missouri, and mines from one of the world’s largest lead mining districts, also in Missouri. The Doe Run Company and its subsidiaries deliver products and services necessary to provide power, protection and convenience. Doe Run has operations in Missouri, Washington and Arizona. For more information, visit

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Energy Storage Cuts CO2 in California, but not Texas — Study

Posted By Marianna Lovo, Monday, August 19, 2019

Reprinted from Energywire with permission from E&E News. Copyright 2019. E&E provides essential news for energy and environment professionals at www.eenews.netFor the original story and more news click here

The usefulness of energy storage for states seeking to accelerate a renewable transition and decarbonize their grid might depend on where the technology is deployed, according to a study published today in Nature Communications.

Researchers from three U.S. universities assessed what would happen if power grids in California and Texas were to take on a massive amount of new wind and solar and combine it with storage technologies, all while governments imposed huge new taxes on carbon.

In California, they found, those three policies could help the state cut as much as 90% of its carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector, compared with 72% if energy storage were excluded.

But in Texas, leaving out storage from that mass renewable deployment wouldn't make that much of a difference: CO2 emissions would fall 54% without it, compared with 57% with it.

That's because in Texas, renewable power sources don't do much "curtailing" — generating power but failing to deliver it — because the power mix operates more flexibly there than in California, where power from nuclear, hydro and biomass sources is often generated or imported into the state on a fixed schedule.

"As such, energy storage has a more limited role in increasing the use of renewable energy in Texas relative to California," wrote the team, which included sustainability engineers from the University of Michigan, Ohio State University and North Carolina State University.

The range of policies contemplated by the team, while assessing energy storage's utility in a "deep decarbonization," would go beyond anything pursued by state or even national governments to date.

The 90% emissions reduction estimated in California, for instance, would occur if a $200-per-ton carbon tax were enacted. That's larger than taxes imposed in Europe — where they tend not to exceed a few dozen dollars per ton — although the figures are on the lower end of what U.N. scientists have said should be imposed in order to keep global warming within 1.5 degrees Celsius.

A 'hot topic'

Lithium-ion batteries, a storage technology that has gotten much attention for its applications in electric vehicles, also would have "a limited role to play" in decarbonization, unless the technology's upfront cost comes down, according to the research.

Pumped hydro and compressed-air technologies, which use water or air to drive a turbine, would generally be the most cost-effective, assuming any carbon tax remained small.

"But then, we know that there are other issues" with those technologies, said Maryam Arbabzadeh, lead author of the study and a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan's School for Environment and Sustainability. "It's not very easy to develop a pumped-hydro storage system."

"A small reduction in the cost of lithium-ion could make these batteries cost-effective," she said.

In Texas, energy storage would mostly be useful under the largest carbon taxes, when it would shift the grid from coal power to natural gas, the study found.

The team's policy analysis also included renewable deployments that would dwarf those currently in place: 20 gigawatts of wind and 40 GW of solar.

As of this year's first quarter, Texas had just under 3 GW of solar installed, although it had almost 25 GW of wind. California had about 25 GW of solar and less than 6 GW of wind.

The researchers based their case studies on the two states' grids during the 2010-12 period, the latest years for which the National Renewable Energy Laboratory had data available when the team began work, said Arbabzadeh.

Only a handful of states have enacted mandates for energy storage development, including California, which was the first to do so in 2013. But some renewable analysts expect more to follow.

For sustainability experts, "it's a hot topic," said Arbabzadeh.

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