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Meet BCI Board Member, William Moll

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Thursday, September 17, 2020

BCI sat down with new Board Member, William (Bill) Moll, for an interview about his involvement with the lead battery industry. Bill started his tenure on the BCI Board of Directors in May 2020.

Bill joined GS Yuasa in 2002 as director of engineering for GS Battery (USA), a U.S. subsidiary working in industrial and automotive lead batteries. In 2006 Bill started GS Yuasa Lithium Power (GYLP) as the first company outside of GS Yuasa Japan targeted at growing the market for lithium-ion battery technology. Bill was appointed as president of GS Yuasa Energy Systems (GYES), a new company incorporating the industrial battery business (both lead and lithium-ion) into a single business unit. GYLP became a direct subsidiary of the new company, GYES, and Bill retains the role of Chairman of the Board.

  1. How did you get involved in the lead battery industry?

Bill’s first job after he graduated with a degree in chemical engineering, was as a product design engineer working on VRLA batteries for EV and motive power with GNB Technologies in Lombard, Ill. He says the experience was exciting at the time; I worked on electric buses and other projects even though, back then, the VRLA technology was not ready for the demands of the application. Back in the 1990s, I remember hearing about the “rocking chair” battery; my first exposure to lithium-ion technology that has emerged as THE competition to VRLA and PbA battery technology.

As they say, the rest is history. I’ve worked in manufacturing, quality assurance, engineering management and company operations ever since.

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

In terms of PbA batteries, the technology was mature when I started, but since then it has improved dramatically with enhanced flooded batteries, nano-carbon, grid and plate manufacturing, and other materials improvement. Lead batteries today are so much better than those made just 10 years ago. That’s progress in an industry that was thought to have peaked with the early VRLA. 

The other change is the adoption of lithium-ion batteries in many applications where VRLA batteries used to dominate. I have worked in both technologies and while li-ion is making headway in energy storage, EV/HEV/PHEV and UPS, there will always be areas where the VRLA battery will win on cost and performance versus more expensive technologies.

3. What do you value about BCI?

I have been involved with BCI to some degree since the late 1990s. Some of my staff have served on several of the committees and working groups. BCI has been a great source of industry information as well as a forum for communicating industry wide issues that affect us all. The wealth of information that is shared by BCI members really helps all of us to be prepared for issues and challenges that may arise.

The involvement of BCI in regulatory and environmental issues shows the type of leadership and stewardship that all of the industry members can appreciate and support.

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THE DOE RUN COMPANY PUBLISHES 11TH ANNUAL SUSTAINABILITY REPORT

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Friday, September 11, 2020

Highlights company’s progress, the global lead industry and workforce safety performance

The Doe Run Company (Doe Run) released its most recent sustainability report, available at sustainability.doerun.com. The company reports annually to share progress on its environmental performance, workforce safety and community engagement commitments.

“Our sustainability report is an important way for us to keep all our stakeholders – including our neighbors, customers, elected officials, employees and retirees – informed on the state of our business and our outlook for the future,” said Jerry Pyatt, Doe Run president and CEO. “As a major employer in Southeast Missouri, it’s important that we are a sustainable company, so we can support our local economy and communities for many years to come.”

Doe Run’s 11th sustainability report provides updates on the company’s efforts to meet its commitments to employees, the environment, the community and the local economy:

  • Workplace safety continues to be a top priority for Doe Run. Companywide, employees completed approximately 15,000 hours of environmental, health and safety training in 2019. This focus on safety helped several locations achieve significant safety milestones, with no lost-time accidents in 23 years at Sweetwater Mill, 16 years aboveground at Sweetwater Mine, 14 years at the SEMO port and 13 years at Brushy Creek Mill.

  • Over the past 10 years, Doe Run invested more than $580 million on environmental projects, including more than $108 million dedicated to remediation projects to restore former mine sites.

  • Doe Run also has invested more than $2 million in its neighboring communities over the past 10 years. In 2019, the company donated nearly $33,000 to support STEM programs and scholarships for local elementary through college-level students.

  • Doe Run contributes $1.2 billion in annual economic impact to Missouri, including spending $169 million with 665 Missouri businesses in 2019.

“The global pandemic, coupled with a period of low lead prices, presented new challenges for the economy and our industry this year,” said Pyatt. “However, we know lead will continue to be in high demand, so we are making strategic decisions today to ensure Doe Run can continue to supply the global market and support our local economy.”

Even during the pandemic challenges, metal mining and recycling are considered essential industries because of their important role in supporting the manufacturing of lead batteries. Lead batteries are critical for vital communications and logistical networks that fuel the economy. They also start cars and trucks, support backup power systems in an emergency, and store energy for renewable energy, like wind and solar farms.

The lead battery industry, including Doe Run, will play a major role in solving the energy storage challenges of the future. In fact, the current market for all energy storage batteries is expected to more than double by 2030. Most of that growth will come from hybridized lithium vehicles – nearly all of which use lead batteries for critical systems. Advanced lead batteries will capture a portion of the electric vehicle market growth in several key areas, including start-stop electric vehicles for transportation purposes and material handling.

Doe Run’s sustainability report contains Standard Disclosures from the world’s most widely used sustainability reporting framework – the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI). The company invites readers to share their views on the report and what they are most interested in through an online survey available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/LTDFZHM.

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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East Penn Ranked by Forbes as one of Pennsylvania’s Best Employers

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Thursday, September 3, 2020

East Penn is pleased to announce that the company ranks in Pennsylvania’s Best-In-State Employers for 2020 by Forbes and Statista. This new recognition takes the place of the discontinued America’s Best Large Employers recognition that the company was previously ranked in for the last two years.

The new ranking was based off of an anonymous survey given to 80,000 employees across the country working at companies with at least 500 people. The list is divided into 51 rankings—one for each of the 50 states, plus the District of Columbia.

Prior to the award, there was no submission process and companies were not made aware of the survey.  All the surveys were anonymous, allowing participants to openly share their opinions. The respondents were asked to rate their employers on a variety of criteria, including: safety of work environment, competitiveness of compensation, and opportunities for advancement. Statista then asked respondents how likely they’d be to recommend their employer to others, and to nominate organizations in industries outside their own.

East Penn was ranked among 100 of the most prestigious companies in the State. To see the ranking, go to the Forbes America’s Best Employers By State 2020 List: https://www.forbes.com/best-employers-by-state/#1047f4a5487a

East Penn is a privately-owned company operating the largest single-site battery manufacturing facility in the world. As a leading global battery provider, the company makes high quality lead batteries and accessories, as well as offers other energy storage and system integration solutions, for the automotive, commercial, marine, motive power, UPS, and telecommunication markets. The company’s quality and environmental systems for its entire 520-acre complex have been certified to ISO 9001:2008, IATF 16949:2016, and ISO 14001:2015 requirements. For more information, visit the company website at www.dekabatteries.com.

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Impact of COVID-19 on Industrial and Transportation Lead Battery Markets – Mid-year Reforecast

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Industry Experts to Headline Battery Council International Webinar on September 9

CHICAGO, August 25, 2020 – Recognizing that COVID-19 has had a dramatic impact on North American and world economies, Battery Council International (BCI) will host a webinar September 9 to provide a mid-year reforecast on the pandemic’s impact on lead batteries in the industrial and transportation battery markets. 

“BCI's powerful shipping data for industrial and transportation batteries provides uniquely focused insights into the impact on the lead battery industry,” said Roger Miksad, BCI executive vice president. “We realize that the forecast we provided during our virtual convention earlier this year was too early to account for market disruption generated by COVID-19. Our goal is to provide our membership and others with a more informed picture of the marketplace based on current market data.”

The September 9 webinar will revisit the forecasts presented at the BCI Virtual Convention earlier this year.  Based on updated 2020 data, Nick Starita, Hollingsworth & Vose Co. president of the energy and industrial systems division, and Ray Kubis, Gridtential chairman, will discuss battery shipment re-forecasts and the effects on the market from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Registration is open to the public, and complimentary for BCI members. Information and fees can be found here.

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.

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THE DOE RUN COMPANY’S JOSE HANSEN JOINS LME LEAD AND ZINC COMMITTEE

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Wednesday, August 26, 2020
Industry committee advises the London Metal Exchange global market

  

ST. LOUIS (Aug. 26, 2020) – Jose Hansen, vice president – sales and marketing, at The Doe Run Company (Doe Run), was recently appointed to the Lead and Zinc Committee for the London Metal Exchange (LME). The committee advises the LME, the world center for industrial metals trading, on lead and zinc management and regulation.

“I’m honored to join this committee and work with peers around the globe to identify unique opportunities in the international market for these important metals,” said Hansen. “Working alongside other global companies also provides a new perspective on solutions that can benefit Doe Run, our local economy and our entire industry.”

Minerals, like lead and zinc, are essential to our everyday lives. Lead is most commonly used in lead batteries. Every U.S. mass-produced car and truck, including every electric vehicle, relies on a lead battery. Lead batteries also safeguard vital communications, power transportation and logistical networks that fuel our economy. Lead batteries also support backup power systems in an emergency, and store energy for wind and solar farms. Because more than 99% of lead batteries are recycled in a circular economy model, they are the most environmentally sustainable battery technology available.

Zinc is naturally abundant and necessary for all living creatures and plants. It is vital to brain development and a healthy immune system, and contributes to better crop yields. Zinc also is used in manufacturing to strengthen and protect steel against corrosion, supporting our modern society.

The LME, located in London, England, is the largest metals commodity market where buyers and sellers function under self-imposed rules and product quality standards. The Lead and Zinc Committee consists of 13 members who represent mining, minerals, metals and concentrates companies from around the world. Members are appointed for a three-year term. The Lead and Zinc Committee maintains oversight, recommends amendments, as appropriate, and promotes the LME’s lead and zinc product specifications.

In addition to his participation on the LME’s Lead and Zinc Committee, Hansen shares his nearly 40 years of industry expertise as an active member of Battery Council International, International Lead and Zinc Study Group, Minor Metals Trade Association, and the International Precious Metals Institute.

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 BATTERY RECYCLING MODEL RECOGNIZED AS GROUNDBREAKING REGULATORY WORK

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Monday, August 24, 2020

70% of World’s Energy Storage Captured by Sustainable Lead Batteries

August 24, 2020 – The lead battery industry has been called a model of a circular economy by the World Economic Forum and The Sustainability Consortium – and most recently, the American Association of Association Executives (ASAE) has cited the groundbreaking work that is the foundation of the system as one of the most important regulatory accomplishments of the last 100 years.

As part of its Centennial Celebration, ASAE, known as the association for associations, cast a wide net to identify meaningful contributions associations have made on major world events over the last century as part of their 100 Years of The Power of A campaign.

Battery Council International’s (BCI) contribution, titled “A Model for Recycling,” is one of 51 featured vignettes which highlight three buckets of association accomplishments: Major legislative/regulatory contributions; times when the country came together; and policies that changed society.

“We are thrilled to be in the same company as the USO, the Civil Rights Act, the Red Cross blood donation program, and other similarly significant accomplishments,” said Roger Miksad, BCI executive vice president. “BCI drafted one of the first model laws to promote the sustainable materials management and recycling of batteries. Today, more than 40 states have adopted the model, and lead batters are the most recycled consumer product in the United States.”

David Weinberg, a partner at the D.C.-based Wiley law firm, has had a decades’ long relationship with BCI, and was one of the original authors of, and advocate for, the model law. “I’m extremely proud to see the industry recognized for its long term commitment to sustainability. In 1988 when we started this work, recycling of household waste was just gaining traction. We were pioneers in creating a circular economy within the manufacturing sector where we make-use-recycle-manufacture in a closed loop operation rather than take-make-use and then send the product to a landfill. Lead is still the only battery chemistry that can claim such complete recycling success.”

Unlike batteries purchased and disposed of as single-use, lead batteries are designed to be recycled – infinitely. When a lead battery has reached the end of its life, its materials (lead, plastic and electrolyte) are recycled instead of going into a landfill. Each year this system keeps 130 million used batteries from landfills.

“With energy storage increasingly important to help offset the variability of renewable energies, store surplus generation for electric-vehicle smart charging, stabilize the grid and provide backup power for data centers and telecom, it’s essential that we choose sustainable systems, such as those enabled by lead batteries to help ensure a reliable, domestic-based source of energy storage,” said Miksad. “We are honored that our industry’s role in the circular economy has been recognized for its contribution to society, and hope to provide a model for newer battery chemistries.”

 

 

 

 

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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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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