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Global Alliance of Lead Battery Manufacturers and Recyclers Urges Attention to Informal Recycling

Posted By BCI Headquarters , Wednesday, July 29, 2020
Updated: Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Agrees UNICEF/Pure Earth Report Highlights Recognized Need for Action
In Low- to Middle- Income Countries

WASHINGTON - July 29 - “We want to see an end to all informal and unregulated recycling as documented by Pure Earth and UNICEF. This important report shines a spotlight on the problem, and we will continue to play our part in helping to eradicate it. The more governments and regulators do in these countries to provide incentives to ensure that used batteries are only recycled by high performing recyclers, and to crack down on unregulated recycling, the better.

“Through our global material stewardship program, the trade association member companies are committed to ensuring that inappropriately recycled lead does not enter our supply chains. We are also providing expert consultancy in many affected countries to improve recycling standards and will continue to work with NGOs like Pure Earth in their efforts to create sustainable solutions globally.

“However, we cannot do this alone. Success requires strong commitment from governments and regulatory bodies in the countries affected for real and long-lasting improvements to take place. For many people in low- and middle-income countries, informal and unregulated recycling is a subsistence issue, and the materials they are handling have a high economic value. Governments and regulators in these countries must incentivise high-performing, regulated recyclers and crack down on the informal sector and its practices.

“To deliver the acknowledged circular economy benefits of using lead batteries it is important that only high-performing recyclers are involved.

“It is a tragedy when a person or community is damaged or harmed by improper recycling of used batteries and the findings of the report warrant careful scrutiny. That said, it is important to note the distinction made in the report between informal and unregulated recycling, and the advanced recycling standards in the U.S. and in Europe, which set a high standard for effective and sustainable battery recycling, with batteries safely and efficiently recycled.”

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 www.batterycouncil.org and essentialenergyeveryday.com.

The International Lead Association: The International Lead Association is the global trade organisation representing the lead industry. Visit www.ila-lead.org.

About EUROBAT
EUROBAT is the association for the European manufacturers automotive, industrial and energy storage batteries. EUROBAT has more than 50 members from across the continent and from the whole supply chain comprising more than 90% of the automotive and industrial battery industry in Europe. The members and staff work with all stakeholders, such as battery users, governmental organisations and media, to develop new battery solutions in areas of hybrid and electro-mobility as well as grid flexibility and renewable energy storage.

   @eurobat_org   www.eurobat.org  linkedin.com

The Association of Battery Recyclers, Inc. is a non-profit trade association of companies that are involved in recycling spent lead batteries and other lead-bearing materials. For more information, visit www.associationofbatteryrecyclers.com.




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East Penn Canada and Terrapure win Environment + Energy Leader Award for innovative circular economy product

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Friday, July 24, 2020

 

Teaming up to create a closed-loop process to recycle up to 99% of lead batteries

 

AJAX and BURLINGTON, ONT., July 21, 2020 – Terrapure Environmental® (Terrapure) and East Penn Canada today announced that they received an Environment + Energy Leader Award for Project of the Year for their closed-loop, circular-economy approach to lead battery recycling.

The Environment + Energy Leader Awards is a program recognizing excellence in products and services that provide companies with energy and environmental benefits, and in projects implemented by companies that improve environmental or energy management and increase the bottom line.

East Penn Canada collects spent batteries from its customers and ships them to Terrapure to break the batteries down to their base components for recycling. Terrapure processes and refines the lead to East Penn’s specifications, and it is then returned to East Penn’s battery manufacturing facility in Pennsylvania for use in new batteries.

“This approach is a real win-win,” said Ross Atkinson, Senior Vice President of Battery Recycling at Terrapure. “It provides East Penn a closed-loop recycling process for their batteries, ensuring a beneficial reuse of a valuable commodity, while also helping preserve a finite natural resource. We’re proud to be recognized for our battery-recycling efforts.”

“Not only does Terrapure’s recycling process provide a circular-economy solution for a portion of East Penn’s lead batteries, it also takes 60 percent less energy to produce recycled lead, helping to reduce our carbon footprint,” said Mike Bouchard, President East Penn Canada.

While the overall caliber of entries was exceptionally high this year, judges agreed that East Penn and Terrapure’s closed-loop recycling process demonstrates impressive results.

One judge noted: “Building a closed-loop circular-economy system is a significant challenge and expense. Great to see an investment that will impact a broad sector, since lead batteries are used in so many products, both consumer-focused and manufacturing/industrial. The entry provides multiple environmental management results, including preventing waste and promoting reuse, reduced energy consumption for production, and reduced waste to landfill.”

This is the fourth consecutive year Terrapure has been honoured with an Environment + Energy Leader Award. Previously, the company was recognized for its innovative centrifuge technology, its oil-recycling program and its innovative use of biosolids to remediate a mine site with Vale Canada.

“With rapid advancements and a near-constant rate of change in the field, sustainability and energy professionals had to prove to our judges that they were really the best of the best this year,” said Sarah Roberts, Environment + Energy Leader publisher. “With a highly respected –
and critical – judging panel and a strict set of judging criteria, entrants faced an extremely high bar to qualify for an award.”

Terrapure receives approximately 10 million batteries annually and produces 125,000 metric tonnes of recycled lead per year, recovering 99 percent of batteries in Canada and diverting them from the landfill. For more information about Terrapure’s lead-acid battery recycling, visit https://terrapureenv.com/service/battery-recycling-solutions/. For more information on the Environment + Energy Leader Awards, visit https://www.environmentalleader.com/environment-and-energy-leader-awards/.


About East Penn Canada

East Penn Canada is the industry leader in the distribution and safe recovery of lead batteries in Canada. We were established in 1979 as Power Battery Sales Ltd., as an independent battery distribution and recovery team supporting the automotive after-market. In 1994, Power Battery Sales was acquired as a wholly owned subsidiary by East Penn Manufacturing Company Inc., and our product line was expanded to include motive power, telecommunications, UPS backup, renewable energy and most recently lithium applications.

Today East Penn Canada is headquartered in Ajax, Ontario and operates the largest Canadian distribution and recovery battery network supported by 17 fully stocked warehouses, a company owned fleet and over 300 employees of battery solution experts.

A core objective of East Penn Canada is to be an industry leader in the safe recovery and recycling of end-of-life lead batteries. In addition to our robust recovery and recycling program, we also have many partnerships, programs and processes to encourage others to engage in our Reverse Distribution network. We take great pride in the role we play in advancing the lead battery circular-economy.

For more information, visit www.eastpenncanada.com.

About Terrapure

Terrapure Environmental is a leading Canadian provider of essential environmental and industrial services for industrial, commercial and institutional customers, including those in the manufacturing, mining, municipal, oil and gas, pulp and paper, refining and petrochemical, transportation, and utilities sectors. Headquartered in Burlington, Ontario, we employ approximately 2,000 people and operate an integrated network of over 70 locations across Canada.

At Terrapure, we’re Changing Waste for Good. We see both economy and environment as invaluable, understanding one cannot be prioritized at the expense of the other. With an unwavering focus on health and safety excellence, we provide services that reduce the volume of waste requiring disposal, recover value from industrial by-products, and restore industrial operations to peak efficiency. We provide these services through an extensive coast-to-coast facility network and through field services deployed on customer sites.

For more information, visit www.TERRAPUREenv.com.

About the Environment + Energy Leader Awards

For nearly a decade, the Environment + Energy Leader Awards have celebrated excellence in the world of environmental, sustainability and energy management. Award winners are truly buzz-worthy, and companies that sport a Top Project or Top Product of the Year Award badge are known to be the best of the best. When other companies are seeking a sustainability or energy management solution, they know that E+E Product of the Year Award winners offer a significant group of products, vetted by experts, to peruse for help in making their decisions. Project of the Year Award winners are known to illustrate how sustainability and energy management projects can successfully help other companies improve the bottom line.

For more information, please contact:
Wendy Pollard-Millar, Director, Customer Experience & Marketing
East Penn Canada
905-619-3979
wpollard-millar@eastpenncanada.com

Greg Jones, Managing Director, Communications and Public Affairs

Terrapure Environmental 905.315.2229 gjones@terrapureenv.com

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Update on Upcoming BCI Events

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Monday, July 20, 2020

While we look forward to meeting again in person, BCI is deeply committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of our community and event participants. Therefore, BCI has made the decision to hold the 2020 Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Conference and fall committee meetings virtually to protect the health and safety of our community.

This virtual format allows all of us the best opportunity to come together to learn, share ideas and gain exposure to the latest updates in environmental, health and safety topics, while ensuring that the current landscape does not hinder anyone's ability to participate. Details and logistics surrounding the 2020 Virtual EHS Conference are in progress and as we know more, we will continue to share information with you.

Please consult the BCI website for details and updates to scheduled programs, meetings and conferences through the end of the year. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to BCI Headquarters at info@batterycouncil.org.

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MISSOURI S&T STUDENT RECEIVES DOE SCHOLARSHIP TO STUDY LEAD BATTERIES

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Tuesday, June 23, 2020

AT ARGONNE NATIONAL LABORATORY

CHICAGO June 24 - Advanced research on material utilization and failure mechanisms in lead batteries at Argonne National Laboratory has been awarded a graduate scholarship support by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Basic Energy Science (BES) office.

The work will investigate, at atomic and molecular levels, the electrochemical interfaces in the positive electrode of the lead battery. Assigned to this work is Julian Kosacki, who is completing his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, Rolla, Mo.

Kosacki is among 62 graduate students throughout the U.S. chosen to develop their doctoral thesis research programs across the national laboratory complex. He will join 11 other doctoral candidates assigned to Argonne across different areas of science and engineering. The work is being underwritten by the BES Office of Science Graduate Student Research (SCGSR) and is the second of two awards issued under a program that started last year.

“We are very pleased to have Julian join us for this important work in achieving a better understanding of how lead batteries function and how they can be made more efficient and durable,” said Dr. Pietro Papa Lopes, one of Argonne’s staff scientists working on the Lead Battery Science Research Program (LBSRP) under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with U.S. lead battery manufacturers and suppliers. The CRADA is completing the second of a three-year program and already is yielding data about battery fundamentals previously unknown. Dr. Papa-Lopes will mentor the work to be carried out by Kosacki.

“The opportunity given to Julian through the SCGSR is unique and very important for the development and training of the next generation of scientists and engineers working on our nation’s energy and resource technologies,” Dr. Lopes added.

The key challenge facing lead batteries is how to increase their energy density by improving the efficient utilization of materials, without premature failure triggered by the various processes that are always present during battery operation Kosacki’s work will delve into these processes that occur on the positive electrode active material (PAM) in the battery.

“I am very pleased to have this opportunity to conduct part of my Ph.D. research in lead batteries at Argonne National Laboratory,” said Kosacki.  “The innovative tools and expertise at Argonne will assist me in studying the fundamental science of the lead battery in order to develop new battery technologies and innovations.”

A 2017 report issued by the Department of Energy on basic research needs for the next generation of energy storage highlighted the need for increased research in lead battery technology. The SCGSR program scholarship awarded to Kosacki is then a positive support to further the research on achieving a better fundamental understanding of the lead technology, and its impact in the nation’s future energy storage systems.

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ArcActive Receives 2020 Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Innovation Award

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Monday, April 27, 2020

Lead Battery Industry Recognizes New Zealand Firm for Improving Battery Performance

CHICAGO – April 27, 2020 – ArcActive Limited has been awarded the 2020 Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Innovation Award. Battery Council International (BCI) annually presents this award to celebrate innovation throughout all areas of the manufacturing, recycling and distribution process, including packaging, technology, equipment, safety, chemistry and beyond. The award was established in 2015 to honor industry thought leader, Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz, former CEO of East Penn Manufacturing Co. 

 

New Zealand-based ArcActive has re-engineered the negative electrode of the lead battery to remove the lead grid and replace it with a non-woven carbon fibre fabric (AACarbon™). The benefit of this innovation is that it solves a major technical challenge facing the industry: Achieving high and sustained dynamic charge acceptance while delivering very low water consumption. The company expects the technology has the potential to double the fuel efficiency (and result in CO2 reduction) of the hybrid system in micro hybrid vehicles – which are forecast to be the mass-market car for decades to come.

 

“We’ve been working on this technology for nine years and it’s been a huge challenge, so to receive this recognition from our peers is really meaningful,” said Stuart McKenzie, chief executive officer of ArcActive. ”We’d also like to thank the battery makers who have made a huge contribution into making this all a reality with their manufacturing, technical and sales support.”

 

"BCI is pleased to have received 13 submissions for the 2020 Innovation Award," said Roger Miksad, executive vice president and general counsel of BCI. "We are excited to showcase these innovations to both the industry and the public, and to see how these advances will continue to impact the lead battery industry over time."

 

Daramic and TBS Engineering received honorable mentions for their submissions.

 

To watch a video of each submission, including ArcActive’s, and to learn more about the Innovation Award, visit www.batterycouncil.org/page/InnovationAward

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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 www.batterycouncil.org.

 

About ArcActive

ArcActive was founded on technology developed at the University of Canterbury by Associate Professor John Abrahamson. The Christchurch-based company started operations in 2011 and the following year 

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BCI to Host Its First-Ever Virtual Convention On April 27

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Friday, April 3, 2020

Battery Council International (BCI) will host its first-ever virtual convention on Monday, April 27, in lieu of its annual in-person event, the 2020 BCI Convention + Power Mart Expo.

The virtual convention will consist of an engaging and dynamic program featuring five industry speakers, and will offer attendees an opportunity to interact with the content and speakers during a Q&A at the conclusion of each presentation. BCI will also recognize the 2020 Innovation Award winner and entrants during a video presentation.

The impressive lineup of speakers includes:  

  • Dr. Marc Zoellner, CEO, HOPPECKE Batteries, Brilon, Germany
  • Dr. Alistair Davidson, Director, Consortium for Battery Innovation, London, England
  • Davis Knauer, East Penn Manufacturing, Co., Lyons Station, Penn.
  • Ray Kubis, Chairman, Gridtential, Santa Clara, Calif.
  • Nicholas Starita, President of the Energy and Industrial Systems Division, Hollingsworth & Vose Co., East Walpole, Mass.

“On behalf of BCI, I’d like to thank our membership for its continued support of our organization,” said Roger Miksad, BCI executive vice president and general counsel. “We look forward to delivering valuable content to members and engaging with our community in a new and innovative forum. In addition to engaging with the members who we will miss seeing at our in-person convention, we hope that others who might not have been able to travel to the convention will join the program.” 

BCI is also once again collaborating with industry publication, Batteries International to prepare the annual BCI Yearbook. The Yearbook will be distributed in printed and digital forms following the virtual event. It will feature the full details of the 2020 Innovation Award, a comprehensive update of BCI’s regulatory and lobbying work in 2019 and its strategy for the coming year, and updates on the Advancing Lead Batteries Communications Initiative (ALBCI), as well as plans for the 2020 BCI Environmental, Health and Safety Conference in October 2020. 

Standard registration for the 2020 Virtual Convention is $159 for BCI members ($259 for non-members).  Registration is complimentary for attendees who were registered for the 2020 BCI Convention + Power Mart Expo and who transfer their registration to the 2021 BCI Convention + Power Mart Expo, April 25-27 in Naples, FL.

For more information, and to register for the event, visit www.batterycouncil.org/VirtualConvention.

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About Battery Council International

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

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Battery Council International Names Roger Miksad to Executive Vice President

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Battery Council International (BCI) has announced that it has appointed Roger Miksad as executive vice president to lead the organization. Miksad will be based in BCI's Washington, D.C. office. Miksad served BCI for 10 years as external legal counsel, before joining BCI earlier this year as senior vice president and general counsel; he will retain his role of general counsel.
 
“We are confident that Roger, with his long history with BCI, will effect a smooth transition. He is a great choice to lead BCI’s advocacy for the lead battery industry for many years ahead,” said David Shaffer, president and CEO of EnerSys, who also serves as president of the BCI board of directors.
 
“I am delighted to assume this expanded role for BCI,” said Miksad. “This is an exciting time for BCI as the industry seeks to realize new and innovative opportunities in the highly electrified future. I look forward to working closely with the BCI board and our membership to expand the industry’s visibility in vital battery applications like energy storage systems, while continuing to emphasize the central role lead batteries will always play in transportation and other sectors.” 
 
"Roger has demonstrated his long-term commitment to our industry, and I am confident he can lead BCI into the future,” said Chris Pruitt, CEO and president of East Penn Manufacturing, and vice president and treasurer of BCI. “I look forward to seeing the results of his leadership in his new role.”
 
Miksad succeeds Kevin Moran, who served as executive vice president since 2018. "We thank Kevin for his significant contributions to the industry over the past two years, and wish him all the best in his next endeavor,” said Shaffer.

Miksad will work closely with BCI’s Pam O’Brien, operations, and Lisa Dry, strategic communications. “BCI has assembled an excellent management team, and I look forward to continuing to strengthen the services BCI provides to our members,” said Miksad.

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Top 10 Facts to Celebrate During National Battery Week!

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Friday, February 21, 2020

List Honors Lead Batteries for Essential Role in Green Energy, Low-Carbon Transportation, Telecommunication, Data Centers and More

 

WASHINGTON — February 20, 2020 – What better way to celebrate the February 18th birthday of Alessandro Volta, the inventor of the battery, than with a positively fascinating collection of Top Ten Lead Battery Facts. The list was released by the trade association Battery Council International in honor of National Battery Week 2020, which began February 17. Economically, the $80 billion global lead battery industry is expected to grow 110% over the next decade to $115 billion.

 

Most of this growth is attributed to the rapidly expanding need for energy storage as we transition to a more electrified society. Innovative lead batteries keep us mobile and connected, whether for transportation or providing essential backup power for critical telecommunications and data centers.

 

What’s more, current R&D in progress is expected to unlock the exciting untapped potential of the trusted lead battery chemistry. So, as we celebrate the history of lead batteries, we also have an eye on future applications for this essential technology.

 

 Top 10 Lead Battery Facts:

  1. Lead batteries provide more than 70% of the world’s rechargeable power.
  2. In 2020, lead batteries are projected to account for nearly 90% of the backup power needed to keep our highly connected and mobile lives running smoothly.
  3. Lead batteries are the best example of a circular economy, according to the World Economic Forum and the MIT Center of Transportation.
  4. In the U.S., an amazing 99% of all lead batteries are recycled (most recycled consumer product), which keeps more than 130 million lead batteries from landfills each year.
  5. U.S. lead battery manufacturers source approximately 70% of the needed lead from domestic recycling facilities and a new lead battery is typically comprised of more than 80% recycled material.
  6. Lead batteries power more than 275 million U.S. vehicles, including hybrids and EVs.
  7. Start-stop technology using lead batteries is eliminating 4.5 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually in the U.S.
  8. The lifespan of a lead battery has increased by nearly 30 percent over the last 20 years.
  9. Lead batteries contribute $26.3 billion to the U.S. economy each year.
  10. Lead battery manufacturers and recyclers provide nearly 25,000 direct jobs and support over 92,000 total jobs in the U.S.

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 www.batterycouncil.org.

 

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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On Battery Day, A Thriving Missouri Lead Battery Industry Announces its $2.5B Economic Benefit to Missouri's Economy

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The Sustainable, Circular Economy of the Industry Enables 8,150 Jobs Across the State

CHICAGO – February 18, 2020 – In conjunction with Battery Day, February 18, a new report finds that batteries hold a place of honor in Missouri. The lead battery industry delivers $2.5 billion annually in overall economic impact in Missouri, including 3,210 direct jobs, and supports 8,150 total jobs across the state, according to the study, “Economic Contribution of the Missouri Lead Battery Industry.”

Driven by major employers, like The Doe Run Company (Doe Run), EnerSys, Exide Technologies and Clarios, the study illustrates the positive economic impact provided to American workers and their communities by companies that support the lead battery industry through mining, manufacturing and battery recycling. In Missouri alone, the industry spends $257 million annually on payroll for more than 3,200 jobs in a variety of occupations, many of which are accessible to those who have only a high school diploma. Missouri’s lead battery industry also supports 2,350 supplier jobs and 2,590 jobs from worker spending in different industries. Beyond its direct job impact, the Missouri lead battery industry annually supports:

  • $527.3 million in labor income
  • $227 million in tax revenue[1]
  • $2.5 million in R&D spending

“Nationwide, the U.S. lead battery industry, of which Missouri is a valued contributor, provides more than 92,000 total jobs, and an economic impact of $26.3 billion annually. We’re proud to participate in the highest growth in manufacturing jobs within the past 30 years, which gives thousands of Americans access to better than average paying careers,” Roger Miksad, executive vice president, Battery Council International (BCI).

The national Economic Contribution of the U.S. Lead Battery Industry study found that compared to other private sector jobs, average salaries in the lead battery industry are 96% higher for recycling and mining workers.

[1]Taxes include employee contributions to social insurance, sales taxes, property taxes, motor vehicle license fees, severance taxes, corporate taxes, personal income taxes, and other miscellaneous taxes.

“Missouri is a home for companies that represent all the steps of our successful circular economy model – mining, manufacturing, use, collection, recycling, material sourcing and repeat,” said Miksad.

Lead batteries play a critical role in a greener, more environmentally sustainable economy. Globally, lead batteries power over 1 billion cars, including electric and hybrid models, and 70% of global rechargeable energy storage needs are met by this technology.[1]

The lead battery industry is also one of only 16% of U.S. businesses that have moved to a circular economy, otherwise known as a closed-loop production model. With its 99% recycling rate, 130 million lead batteries are recycled every year. The lead metal and plastic recovered through the recycling process are re-used to manufacture new batteries. In fact, about 80% of a new lead battery is comprised of recycled material.

Doe Run’s mining, recycling and metal production operations in Southeast Missouri represent several steps in the successful circular economy model, and contribute more than $1 billion to the state’s economy, totaling nearly half of the lead battery industry’s economic impact in Missouri. Additionally, Doe Run provides $112.3 million in payroll to over 1,100 Missouri employees, and supports a total of 3,480 direct, indirect and induced jobs. The company also supports Missouri businesses by buying local. In 2018, the company spent more than $181 million with nearly 700 Missouri vendors.

“Our goal is to sustain our business for the long term and thereby provide quality products to our customers and enduring benefits for our employees and the communities,” said Jerry Pyatt, Doe Run president and CEO. “We continue to invest in innovation and operations in Southeast Missouri, so we can remain a major employer in this area well into the future. This includes providing nearly $179,000 in 2018 toward educational opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs, and university scholarships that can put students on the path to successful careers in our industry.”

“A key factor in our decision to locate a $35 million state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Kansas City, Mo., was the proximity to some of the most advanced lead alloy and mining technology in the U.S.,” said Tim Vargo, chairman, president and CEO of Exide Technologies, a global provider of stored electrical-energy solutions for the transportation and industrial markets. “Convenient access to advanced lead technology enables Exide to efficiently manufacture the high-quality, longer-lasting and more durable batteries our customers require in each of our business segments.”

When Pennsylvania-based EnerSys, a global leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications, wanted to expand its production capacity, it acquired a Springfield company that complemented its existing Missouri operations. “The manufacturing processes and quality standards of NorthStar were very similar to one of our growing product lines,” said David M. Shaffer, president and CEO of EnerSys. “We were very impressed with the proven expertise and training of the Springfield production teams and that will accelerate our growth in parallel with the increasing worldwide demand for batteries used for the motive power, transportation, telecom and uninterruptible power supply industries.”

The Economic Contribution of the U.S. Lead Battery Industry was prepared by the Economic Development Research Group at the request of Essential Energy Everyday and BCI.

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 www.batterycouncil.org.

About The Doe Run Company

Based in St. Louis, 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, Mo., 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.

About EnerSys

EnerSys, the global leader in stored energy solutions for industrial applications, manufactures and distributes reserve power and motive power batteries, battery chargers, power equipment, battery accessories and outdoor equipment enclosure solutions to customers worldwide. Motive power batteries and chargers are utilized in electric forklift trucks and other commercial electric powered vehicles. Reserve power batteries are used in the telecommunication and utility industries, uninterruptible power supplies, and numerous applications requiring stored energy solutions including medical, aerospace and defense systems. EnerSys provides highly integrated power solutions and services to broadband, telecom, renewable and industrial customers. Outdoor equipment enclosure products are utilized in the telecommunication, cable, utility and transportation industries, and by government and defense customers. The company also provides aftermarket and customer support services to its customers from over 100 countries through its sales and manufacturing locations around the world.

About Exide Technologies

Exide Technologies (www.exide.com) is a global provider of stored electrical-energy solutions for the transportation and industrial markets. Exide’s 130 years of technology innovation combined with operations in more than 80 countries enables the company to deliver compelling solutions for the world’s current and future power needs. Exide produces and recycles a broad range of products, serving the Transportation, Network Power and Motive Power market segments with battery and energy storage systems and specialty applications for a broad range of industries including: agricultural, automotive, electric, light and heavy-duty truck, marine, materials handling, military, mining, powersport, railroad, security, telecommunications, utility and uninterruptible power supply (UPS), among others. Exide is Powering the World Forward – history and scale combined with a start-up mentality make Exide the right choice for customers who want more than simply a battery supplier.

[1]Taxes include employee contributions to social insurance, sales taxes, property taxes, motor vehicle license fees, severance taxes, corporate taxes, personal income taxes, and other miscellaneous taxes
[2] “Renewable Energy Storage,” July 9, 2018, Essential Energy Everyday

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Energy Storage Briefing: Applications for Electrification, Grid Resiliency and Climate Change Mitigation - February 12

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Experts with Real World Experience Describe Opportunities and Challenges to Meet

 Soaring Energy Storage and Sustainability Needs

 

WASHINGTONFebruary 5Over the next 10 years, the global battery market is estimated to grow 110%, which equates to $115 billion. A number of macro trends are influencing this growth. Foremost is that batteries are a key technology for new concepts of mobility and energy (e.g. electric mobility, stationary storage) supported by the following trends:

  •  Population increase and city growth challenging existing mobility and energy solutions; the increasing electrification of our planet
  • A shift in energy production, with increasing focus on renewable energies as an alternative to fossil fuel and nuclear
  • A global awareness regarding global warming pushing for the adoption of green solutions, including circular economies that support sustainability
  • The need for grid resiliency and security to protect big data from domestic and foreign data breaches
  • The increased need for back-up power to maintain connectivity (of all devices) between people and critical services as natural disasters grow in frequency and severity

To understand these needs and in recognition of National Battery Day*, a panel of researchers and experts who experience the real life challenges to find solutions will share updates on innovative lead battery research as well as public/private partnerships to meet the need for renewable energy and create efficient energy models to lower the planet’s carbon footprint and stabilize the grid.

Essential Energy Everyday and Battery Council International will host their second annual energy briefing February 12 on Capitol Hill. The discussion will review latest lead battery research and highlight the essentiality of energy storage in nearly every aspect of our lives, including electrification and climate change mitigation. Panel experts will discuss a host of issues: performance research, transportation and renewable energy, GHG emissions, data centers, grid resilience, safety standards, circularity and more.

Date:                               Wednesday, February 12

 Time:                              1:30-2:30 p.m.

Location:                          US Capitol Visitor Center, SVC-208, Lower Level

                First St SE, Washington, DC

Please Note: If you do not have a Congressional ID, you must register 48 hours prior to February 12; to register, please email Lisa Dry at ldry@batterycouncil.org.

Sponsors:                       Battery Council International and Essential Energy Everyday

Featured Panelists: Brief presentations followed by Q&A.  

Angela Rolufs, VP Strategic Energy Initiatives Paragon Business Solutions, Inc.
Topic: The boundless mobility of our society and its move to electrification challenge drivers who experience “range anxiety” and grid managers who want to avoid demand surges. Angela will discuss a project she is leading that explores how battery energy storage can help mitigate the power demand fluctuations and costs
associated with EV fast charging stations.

Matthew Raiford, Ph.D., Manager Consortium for Battery Innovation
Topic: With millions of cars and trucks on U.S. highways, it’s important vehicles be reliable and environmentally sound. Start-stop technology, enabled by lead batteries, is helping by eliminating 4.5 million tons of GHG emissions each year in the U.S. Matt will discuss current research to further improve battery performance.

 Alan French, VP of Engineering QTS Data Centers
Topic: California wildfires and rolling blackouts have caused thousands of people, including emergency personnel, and critical services to lose access to communications, contributing to loss of life. Our economy is increasingly reliant on data and telecommunication centers. Alan will explain challenges and solutions to meeting the increasing demand.

Richard Kluge, Service Line Director Ericsson, Inc.
Topic: The standards and codes for battery chemistries should differ by chemistry type and application. Richard will discuss the expertise he provides to the telecommunications industry and standard-setting bodies to ensure battery systems deliver as expected, in a safe and reliable manner.

H.G. Chissell, Founder/CEO Advanced Energy Agency (AEA) and Advanced Energy Group (AEG)
Topic: As cities adopt year 2050 decarbonization goals, there’s growing need for diverse stakeholder groups to cooperate and expedite energy transformationH.G. will share his experience driving productive dialogue to deliver steady progress.

Moderator: Roger Miksad, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Battery Council International

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 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 lead-based battery manufacturing, supply, recycling and distribution companies. For more information, visit Battery Council International.  

Learn more at Essential Energy Everyday.

*National Battery Day is February 18.

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