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Doe Run Mine Rescue Team Earns Top Honor at Regional Contest

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Friday, June 21, 2019

In honor of National Safety Month in June, The Doe Run Company (Doe Run) recognizes the dedication of its skilled mine rescue teams. Doe Run’s Maroon mine rescue team won overall contest champion at the Southwest Regional Mine Rescue Contest.

In addition to winning the overall contest championship, the Maroon Team won second place in the field competition, which measures how well team members adhere to mine rescue procedures during a simulated mine emergency. They also took second place in team technician and third place in first aid. The Southwest Regional Mine Rescue Contest took place from April 8-11, 2019, in New Mexico.

“Doe Run came home with the most accomplishments of any team in the competition, and the competition was fierce – the last four national champion teams were among the teams competing in this year’s contest,” said Ryan Seelke, safety manager at Doe Run’s Southeast Missouri Mining and Milling Division (SEMO). “We’re very proud of the commitment of the team and their readiness in case of emergency.”

Doe Run’s mine rescue teams are critical for keeping employees safe in the event of an emergency. As part of the company’s underground safety program, mine rescue teams complete eight hours of training monthly. The teams compete in mine rescue competitions annually to keep their skills sharp and prepare them to help fellow miners in real-life situations. Companywide, Doe Run employees went through more than 30,000 hours of training in 2018, including extensive health and safety training. Employees also play an active role in sharing ideas and implementing new programs that address workplace safety.

In July, the Gray mine rescue team will be attending the Northern Regional Mine Rescue Competition in New York. In October, both the Maroon and Gray mine rescue teams will compete at the Missouri Mine Rescue Contest. Held in Rolla, Missouri, at the Missouri University of Science and Technology’s experimental mine, it is one of the most widely attended mine rescue contests in the nation.

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 www.doerun.com.

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Lead batteries poised to support electric vehicle charging stations

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Thursday, June 13, 2019

Plans to introduce lead battery-supported electric vehicle (EV) charging stations have moved a step closer thanks to funding through a competitive grant awarded by the U.S. state of Missouri, made possible by funds from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program.

The competitive grant award by the state’s Division of Energy will support a Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI) feasibility study that will investigate advanced lead battery energy storage deployed alongside EV charging points at Missouri gas stations.

The ground-breaking project could pave the way for a much wider roll-out of EV charging stations utilizing advanced lead battery technology.

CBI is now preparing to select the most appropriate gas station locations before conducting an in-depth feasibility analysis for at least two locations.

Dr. Alistair Davidson, CBI Director, said: “This project aims to demonstrate how advanced lead battery energy storage, linked to EV charging stations, can help manage electricity demand fluctuations and store electricity when it is less costly, before supplying it at a time when electric car drivers need to charge their vehicles. It highlights the important role lead batteries can play in assisting governments around the world to roll-out charging infrastructure and meet energy needs.

“This kind of innovation could result in a much faster and more effective roll-out of EV charging stations using tried and tested battery energy storage with lead batteries.”

The grant from Missouri will fund a detailed plan for the set-up and construction of EV charging stations with advanced lead storage at the selected demonstration sites. The detailed plans will identify potential funding sources to fully develop each site. These sites can then be used as a model for future lead battery-supported EV charging stations across the state.

CBI is aiming to establish the demonstration sites in the autumn of 2019. CBI is partnering with Paragon Business Solutions, Inc., a consultancy business located in Rolla, Missouri, to deliver the feasibility study.

Craig Redmon, Director of Missouri’s Division of Energy, said: “We are delighted to support this project through our innovative industry partnerships program, which aims to increase the awareness of, and experience with, marketable energy storage technologies that have the potential to contribute to meeting the state’s energy needs and economic development goals now and into the future.

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Students to Gain Valuable Experience in the Mining and Metals Industry

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Friday, May 31, 2019

There will be an estimated 3.5 million jobs in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by 2025. STEM skills are the foundation for many of the mining and metal production careers at The Doe Run Company (Doe Run). Doe Run’s internship program gives students hands-on training in STEM-related roles to help prepare them for future careers.

This summer, Doe Run welcomes six area students for the 2019 internship program. They will work in the engineering, metallurgy, maintenance and information technology (IT) departments at the Southeast Missouri Mining and Milling Division (SEMO) and Resource Recycling facility.

  • Haley Rehagen, a mechanical engineering student at Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T), will work as a maintenance intern at Resource Recycling.
  • Susan Donaldson is a chemical engineering student at Missouri S&T. She will intern in the Resource Recycling metallurgy department.
  • Brent Aubuchon is a Missouri S&T mechanical engineering student. He will work as an industrial engineer intern at Resource Recycling.
  • Austin Arlt, a mining engineering student at Missouri S&T, will be rotating through several job areas at SEMO, including technical engineering, ore haulage management, practical ventilation, mine power, water drainage applications, and surveying.
  • Isaac Freeman is an undergraduate student at Missouri State University. He will be working in the IT department at SEMO.
  • Riley Mathes, a recent Lesterville R-IV High School graduate, will work in the SEMO IT department.

“The summer internship is a shared learning experience for both our interns and our team,” said Sharon Gietl, vice president – information technology and human resources at Doe Run. “We provide project assignments and hands-on learning opportunities for our interns and in turn we gain fresh perspectives and new insights into how they approach a project.”

Mining jobs in Missouri – including Doe Run’s – outperform average Missouri wages, paying an average of $67,919 (compared to an industry average of $47,810). The manufacturing industry, including Doe Run’s battery recycling plant, employs a total of 259,300 people in Missouri, paying an average of $68,738.

Along with internships, Doe Run supports students by partnering with local colleges, including Missouri S&T and Mineral Area College, to provide scholarships, field trips and equipment donations that will assist in training the future workforce.

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 www.doerun.com.

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Wisconsin’s Remy Battery Is Awarded $43MM Government Contract

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Thursday, May 23, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Remy Battery Company, established in Milwaukee in 1931, was recently awarded a major contract with the US government.

Taking more than a year to secure, the Department of Defense (DoD) - Defense Logistics Agency offered Remy Company an “Indefinite Quantity Contract.” This means the DoD has agreed to purchase a maximum of 83,000 batteries a year for a base period of three years, plus 2 one-year option years.

Why Remy Battery?

One of the many reasons why Remy Battery was chosen for this government contract is due to their innovative packaging solution. Remy's FreshStart is a patented, dry-charged battery packaging and activation solution that eliminates the storage of excess chemicals, reduces hazmat shipping costs, and allows simple and mess-free battery activation by a single individual. Along with the dry-charged battery, FreshStart contains individually packaged portions of the electrolyte required for each battery cell.

"FreshStart is the all-in-one solution for those looking for the advantages of a dry-charged, lead-acid battery without the extra work to source battery electrolyte and dispose of any excess," Remy Battery President Michael Moeller said. "Our product solves a very real problem for the US military in a simple, hassle-free way. It is our hope that this government contract will help springboard the FreshStart packaging solution into the private sector for commercial and consumer applications.”

More About FreshStart

FreshStart efficient packaging frees up storage space with its reduced footprint, allowing more units on a pallet, and reducing shipping costs. The packaging can also be used to return-ship scrap batteries and empty electrolyte bottles for proper recycling. Everything the consumer needs to activate the battery is included in one package; minimize spills due to individual electrolyte bottles and snug funnel fit. Adding the electrolyte only when needed lengthens the shelf life and increases the performance of the battery.

BCI Innovation Award

In 2017, Remy Battery was also a finalist for the Battery Council International (BCI) “Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Innovation Award” for FreshStart. The BCI honors industry thought leader Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz by presenting one company with the Innovation Award every year. This award celebrates innovation in services, equipment, products, and processes that advance the lead battery industry in which Remy Battery was a finalist and received an honorable mention.

BCI recognition, along with the guidance and assistance of Steve Makovec from the Wisconsin Procurement Institute (Wispro), a Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) Remy Battery came to the attention of the Department of Defense. The management at Remy recognizes Mr. Makovec for being instrumental in Remy Battery being awarded the contract.

New Department of Transportation Rules

In addition, soon after Remy Battery’s recognition on the Innovation Award, a Department of Transportation Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) rule was passed eliminating the permit requirements for shipping batteries packed with electrolyte. Companies will no longer need to regularly re-apply for a special permit to ship dry batteries packaged with electrolyte. The DOT permanently authorized the transportation of lead-acid batteries and packages of battery acid in the same shipment and eliminated regulations governing limited quantities. This ruling had given the FreshStart packaging and Remy Battery an added boost to honor the DoD’s contract more quickly and easily.

Today, Remy Battery has four locations: two in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and two in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. They continue to hire the most consistently knowledgeable, experienced, and service-oriented team of employees in the industry.

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Doe Run Welcomes Two New Leaders to its Executive Team

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Thursday, May 16, 2019
Updated: Tuesday, May 28, 2019

New Roles Include Vice President – Exploration, Research and Technical Development, and Vice President – Environmental Affairs

The Doe Run Company (Doe Run) is pleased to announce that John Uhrie, PE, Ph.D., QP, has joined the company as vice president – exploration, research and technical development. In addition, Michael Montgomery, previously senior counsel and director of regulatory affairs, has been promoted to vice president – environmental affairs.

“John is a recognized technical expert in both mining and minerals processing – two key business drivers for Doe Run, and we’re excited to tap his expertise in everything from metal recovery to geology to economic evaluations in order to uncover and advance new business opportunities,” said Jerry Pyatt, Doe Run president and CEO.

Dr. Uhrie brings 25 years of experience in the mining industry to his new role. Dr. Uhrie will lead the company’s efforts to advance new technologies and to identify and acquire mineral resources that can drive growth. He joins Doe Run from RPM Global, a leader in providing software solutions, advisory consulting and professional development solutions to the mining industry, and has previous global experience at Newmont Mining Corporation and Freeport McMoRan.

Dr. Uhrie is a distinguished member of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME) and serves on the SME’s Board of Directors. He is also a Qualified Professional through the Mining and Metallurgical Society of America. He holds two patents and is a Registered Professional Engineer (Mining and Minerals Processing).

Dr. Uhrie earned a bachelor’s degree in geological engineering from Michigan Technological University, a master’s in geology from the University of Wyoming, and a doctorate in metallurgical engineering from Michigan Technological University.

“We’re also pleased to welcome Michael Montgomery to the executive team,” said Pyatt. “Mike’s diverse background in both environmental regulations and compliance, coupled with his legal experience, will be key to fostering relationships with important stakeholders within our communities and regulatory agencies.”

For nearly a decade, Montgomery has supported Doe Run’s regulatory compliance efforts, starting as a senior attorney and rising to director of regulatory affairs before being named vice president. He will leverage a well-rounded perspective from past legal and engineering roles to help Doe Run meet its commitments to environmental stewardship and regulatory compliance.

Prior to joining Doe Run, Montgomery represented companies from various industrial sectors in remediation and regulatory compliance matters as outside counsel. Before attending law school, he worked as a field environmental specialist, environmental engineer and civil engineer.

Montgomery earned his law degree from Washington University in St. Louis, a master’s of science in environmental engineering from Lamar University, and a bachelor’s of science in civil engineering from the University of Missouri – Rolla (now Missouri University of Science and Technology).

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 www.doerun.com.

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RSR Technologies Receives 2019 Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Innovation Award

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Monday, May 6, 2019

RSR Technologies, Inc. has been awarded the 2019 Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Innovation Award. Battery Council International (BCI) annually presents this award to celebrate innovation in equipment, processes, services and products that advance the lead battery industry. The award was established to honor industry thought leader, Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz, former CEO of East Penn Manufacturing Co.

RSR Technologies' active R&D initiative in the secondary lead industry has produced a new alloy, SUPERSOFT-HYCYCLE, enabling lead batteries to function at 2x current standards. Use of the Advanced Photon Source at the Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory has helped verify this improvement. The alloy improves cycle life, dynamic charge acceptance and capacity.

"Battery Council International is pleased to have received 11 submissions for the Innovation Award," said Kevin Moran, executive vice president of BCI. "We are eager to see how these innovations will continue to impact the lead battery industry over time, and we are proud to celebrate these advancements annually with the Innovation Award."

Microporous and Narada received honorable mentions for their submissions.

To watch a video of each submission, including RSR Technologies', and to learn more about the Innovation Award, visit www.batterycouncil.org/InnovationAward.

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Earth Day: New Information Brief Offers Lead Battery Industry As Premier Example Of Circular Economy

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Monday, April 22, 2019
Updated: Wednesday, April 24, 2019

In conjunction with Earth Day, the lead battery industry has published a new information brief (found at EssentialEnergyEveryday.com) detailing how lead battery manufacturers and recyclers demonstrate leadership in implementing a circular economy. The lead battery industry is an innovator in the circular economy, and one of only 16% of U.S. industries that follows a make-use-recycle manufacturing business strategy. This circular approach means the lead industry is both protecting the environment and remaining commercially competitive in order to meet future energy needs.

"Our industry provides a circular economy model for batteries, as well as other industries," said Kevin Moran, executive vice president of Battery Council International (BCI). "Lead batteries are a model of a take-make-use-recycle and reuse closed-loop system, compared to other battery chemistries that follow a linear model of take, waste and dispose." Moran cited the nearly 100% recycling rate of lead batteries, and the fact that every battery is comprised of at least 80% recycled lead.

The information brief and accompanying infographic highlight the key benefits of the closed-loop system as promoting the sustainable management of our natural resources, moving us toward climate neutrality; protecting national security; and decoupling growth from the use of natural resources.

The document also describes how the lead battery industry is achieving circularity. For example, manufacturers and recyclers work together to design batteries to be efficiently recycled for reuse and remanufacture. They also deploy a sophisticated collection and transportation system to collect spent batteries for recycling and pick-up finished lead metal for manufacturing. Additionally, the industry employs sustainable manufacturing practices ranging from recycling millions of gallons of water for use in new batteries, and collecting and reusing storm water, to relying on solar installations to power facilities. In one instance, a new revenue stream has been created by producing a liquid fertilizer solution for agricultural use from the sulfur fumes created during recycling.

As a call to action, the brief asks decision makers to deeply consider a battery's life cycle environmental footprint when selecting a battery technology. Sustainable materials management in non-lead battery manufacturing requires a paradigm shift from a linear to a circular economic model with stakeholders. The lead battery industry is a model for all battery technologies, especially as the move to electrification and decarbonization intensifies.

Learn More at Essential Energy Everyday

Essential Energy Everyday exists to increase awareness of the critical importance of lead batteries in powering our daily lives. 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.

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Tulip and Richardson Merger Announcement

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Thursday, March 28, 2019

Richardson Molding, LLC (“Richardson”) and Tulip Molded Plastics Corporation (“Tulip”) announced today the merger of these two highly regarded plastic injection molding companies. The new organization is now named Tulip Richardson Manufacturing (“TRM”) and will be led by Craig Kellogg (CEO) and Steve Dyer (President).

Richardson and Tulip are leading manufacturers of proprietary and custom injection molding products serving the industrial lead-acid battery, automotive and consumer markets. Additionally, Tulip has a strong reputation as a manufacturer of lead terminals and reprocessed polypropylene. TRM’s manufacturing platform consists of four facilities strategically located in Columbus, IN, Philadelphia, MS, Niagara Falls, NY, and Milwaukee, WI with over 135 injection molding presses ranging from 10T to 1,100T. The locations of these facilities and complementary manufacturing capabilities will allow TRM to drive operating efficiencies and provide superior customer service.

The merger will enable TRM to leverage the strengths of each organization and add significant value as an integral part of its customers’ supply chains. Owner Resource Group LLC (“ORG”) and Saugatuck Capital Company (“Saugatuck”), the majority owners of TRM, will continue to invest in the business and will actively support management’s focus on product development, operational excellence and increased service levels across the organization.

“We are excited about our partnership with Tulip and Saugatuck and believe in the long-term growth potential of TRM,” said ORG Managing Director Brad Esson. “ORG looks forward to supporting the management team’s efforts to integrate the two businesses and realize the full potential of the combined organization.”

“Tulip and Richardson both have a long history of providing outstanding service to their customers and Saugatuck believes this customer service will only be further enhanced as a result of the merger. Our current and new customers will both benefit from the expanded footprint and strengthened capabilities,” said Saugatuck Managing Partner Stuart Hawley.

About Owner Resource Group, LLC

Owner Resource Group is an Austin, Texas based private investment firm founded to bring superior outcomes to privately held businesses. The company makes investments that enable business owners and management teams the ability to pursue their objectives and accelerate the growth of their companies in a disciplined manner. ORG appreciates an owner’s need for fairness, certainty, flexibility and confidentiality when considering a transaction. After a transaction, the ORG philosophy is to align our interests with management to support the existing culture and the continued growth. For further information regarding ORG and its investments, please visit www.orgroup.com.

About Saugatuck Capital Company

Founded in 1982, Saugatuck is a long-established private investment firm committed to leveraged recapitalizations and buyouts and growth equity investments in the lower, middle market. Sourcing investment opportunities through its wellestablished network, Saugatuck invests in service-intensive businesses demonstrating a proven ability to generate stable, growing cash flows where it has the requisite experience to drive accelerated portfolio company performance. For over three decades, the firm has been dedicated to the philosophy of hands-on value creation in which exceptional management teams, in partnership with Saugatuck’s capital and expertise, build companies of outstanding value. For further information regarding Saugatuck and its investments, please visit www.saugatuckcapital.com.

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New Tech Targets Cobalt, Lithium Supply Crunch

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Monday, February 18, 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.net. For the original story and more news click here.

An Australian minerals company says it's close to perfecting processes for tapping a huge new source of electric vehicle battery materials — recovering critical metals and minerals from conventional mining waste and spent batteries.

Lithium Australia NL says its proprietary processes will allow it to economically extract lithium and other raw materials from the mine tailing waste disposed of by Australia's huge mining sector. Executives there say their breakthrough also brings them one step closer to large-scale electric vehicle battery recycling, thus "closing the loop on the energy metal cycle."

The technology development comes as analysts fear the industry will be hit with skyrocketing commodities prices as surging EV battery manufacturing results in shortages of critical materials. EV battery unit prices are seen falling further, improving their mainstream commercial appeal over time.

An industry outlook produced by PwC, also known as PricewaterhouseCoopers, warns that rapidly expanding EV production could lead to constraints in supplies of lithium, cobalt, nickel and possibly manganese. Prices for cobalt and lithium have already risen sharply as a result of rising demand from the EV industry, analysts there pointed out.

The Lithium Australia NL method, called SiLeach, allows the company to convert mine waste into lithium. Another step produces cathode materials that can be used in the manufacture of electric vehicles.

The process can be reversed, too, the company said. The next step is collecting used EV batteries and recovering their lithium content, to be then recycled for use in new battery packs.

Lithium Australia Chief Financial Officer Barry Woodhouse said in an interview that the potential doesn't end with lithium.

"We'll be extracting lithium, cobalt, nickel and whatever else is sitting in those batteries," he said.

Australia's Department of Industry, Innovation and Science has been tracking the nation's surging lithium sector as EV manufacturing in Asia expands. Australian mines supply the raw ore for lithium extraction, and exports have surged, with the nation's total export value of the ore expanding by a factor of six.

The department expects Australia's lithium dealers to hit over $1 billion in sales per year by the end of the decade should the global EV market continue growing.

But Woodhouse said it's time for his industry to embrace high-tech solutions to a looming EV materials supply shortage.

"We can no longer be the mine site of the world," he said. "We need to actually add value, and this is a great opportunity because Australia has most of the minerals that go into the construction of batteries."

The company also owns an old tin mine in Germany where it's working to supply materials for Europe's EV industry.

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Bipartisan Agreement: Energy Storage Is the Future of Renewable Energy

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Thursday, February 14, 2019

National Battery Day is February 18; Capitol Hill Briefing, New Video, Infographics Highlight Great Need for Batteries in Green Energy, Low-Carbon Transportation

Getting charged up about National Battery Day February 18, requires no batteries at all. Around the world, the need has never been greater for innovative storage solutions, especially advanced lead batteries. They have a 150-year proven track record and are poised to meet growing demand and future applications. The need for more research and investment in energy storage (synonymous with batteries) was made clear this week in Washington, D.C.

Capitol Hill Briefing: Bipartisan Agreement and Progressive Industry Research

Reports of divisions in Congress were disproved during a Capitol Hill briefing organized by Battery Council International on February 12, in advance of National Battery Day. California Rep. Mark Takano (Democrat) and New York Rep. Chris Collins (Republican) who serve as co-chairs of the Advanced Energy Storage Caucus, agreed that the need for research into energy storage is an area of alignment for both Democrats and Republicans.

Rep. Takano noted that he co-founded the caucus after a staff member provided him with a policy paper in 2015 that described energy storage as “the next big thing.” His goal is to advocate for advanced energy storage research and to explore policies that encourage battery storage development. “I’m passionate about this issue because [the] security and sustainability of our energy infrastructure affects every community across America.”

Takano added that “Energy storage is the future of renewable energy. Cheap grid-scale storage means that renewables can compete with fossil fuels on cost alone. This is not only better for our environment, but also makes our national grid more secure from natural disasters.”

Rep. Collins noted that energy storage means energy independence, “and that’s what’s good for America.” He said that the current downside of solar and wind power is that wind and sun aren’t always available, so “We have to store the energy in a way that’s real and sustainable, and the technology is not quite there … we need breakthroughs.” He stressed that the place for governmental funding is funding research, noting that the moon landing, semiconductors and other technological advancements are the result of government funding.

“In the energy storage world, if we’re going to be energy independent … and support all of the above [renewable sources], which includes modular nuclear, it’s always going to include some level of fossil fuels, [and] clean and efficient, it’s going to include wind and solar.” He recognized that many attending the briefing were Hill staffers. He advised them to “Bring this message back. ‘This is a good thing to support whether you’re a Republican or Democrat, and this is for America and its future. Energy independence is the holy grail of our future.’”

Takano’s closing message was to applaud the lead battery industry’s efforts, including lead battery recycling. “As we have honest conversations about batteries, battery storage and renewable energy, we cannot ignore the environmental life cycle of these batteries. I commend the leading science and business leaders who are pioneering developments on battery research. Together, we can pave the way for a sustainable future for every community.”

Following the supportive comments by the congressmen, Dr. Tim Ellis, president of Dallas-based RSR Technologies, was one of several experts who shared highlights on innovative lead battery research. “It’s a really exciting time for lead [batteries].” He cited ongoing research at Argonne National Laboratory to better understand the performance of lead batteries at the molecular level leading to better dynamic charging acceptance and improved cycle life.

Other panelists included representatives ranging from Argonne National Laboratory and The Sustainability Consortium, to the electric and gas utility company Ameren. Panelists stressed the importance of supporting lead battery research, in addition to the research underway with Argonne National Institute, Missouri University of Science and Technology, and others. The panelists addressed how the results will stretch the bounds of lead battery innovation and performance to meet the growing needs of electrification, renewable energy storage, the automotive industry, sustainable manufacturing and more.

To further convey that message, Essential Energy Everyday (EEE) has released a new video called "Future Powered by Lead Batteries", which describes how lead batteries are an indispensable part of our everyday lives and our green energy future. Lead batteries provide the energy for our growing global economy, supporting renewable energy, greener transportation and our critical infrastructure. EEE has also published two new infographics that highlight the role of lead batteries in combatting climate change using start-stop technology and electric vehicles (EVs).

Transportation: Lead Batteries Reduce Greenhouse Gases

Currently, transportation is the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. Lead batteries are helping to reduce those emissions and boost fuel economy by supporting fuel-saving electric vehicles (EVs) and start-stop technology. Here are some facts:

  • By 2020, it’s predicted that advanced start-stop vehicles powered by lead batteries will eliminate two million tons of vehicle greenhouse gas emissions annually.
  • Lead batteries are used worldwide in virtually every hybrid and EV. EVs depend on lead batteries for critical safety and security functions. (A Tesla has one to power electronics.)
  • The growth of EVs depends, in part, on accessible, reliable public charging stations. Lead batteries store, regulate and ensure power at EV charging stations – even during extreme weather and peak energy demand.

Celebrating a 100% Recyclable Battery

There’s another reason to celebrate lead batteries on National Battery Day. Unlike other battery chemistries, lead batteries maintain an almost 100-percent recycling rate in the U.S. From design through recycling and re-use, the circular economy of lead batteries greatly reduces their environmental footprint. Lead batteries are the most environmentally sustainable battery technology and a leader in providing stored energy to meet our growing needs.

Learn More at Essential Energy Everyday

Essential Energy Everyday exists to increase awareness of the critical importance of lead batteries in powering our daily lives. 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.

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