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DOE RUN OPENS ITS MINES FOR FREE TOURS DURING OLD MINERS DAYS

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Monday, September 16, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 and sustainability.doerun.com.

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GOPHER RESOURCE AWARDED ENERGY INNOVATION GRANT FROM U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Tuesday, September 10, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Gopher Resource

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

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

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Monday, September 9, 2019

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

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

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

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

In Europe and the United States, lead battery manufacturing and recycling is rigorously regulated and takes place within stringent safety and environmental standards that deliver a closed-loop circular economy where more than 99 per cent of used batteries are recycled. However, as demand for energy storage using batteries is set to grow it could be matched by an uptick in the informal recycling sector in other regions of the world.

Battery Council International Executive Vice President Kevin Moran, speaking on behalf of the four associations, said, "We want to ensure that manufacturing and recycling of lead batteries worldwide meet standards that protect human health and the environment. There must be an end to the dangerous and inappropriate use of substandard recycling operations, but this will take time and will require a coordinated effort involving multiple stakeholders.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About ILA

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

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

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

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Wednesday, September 4, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photos available upon request.

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About David M. Shaffer

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

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

About Joseph A. Walicki

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

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

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

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

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

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Doe Run Supports Stem Education In Southeast Missouri

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Thursday, August 22, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Posted By Marianna Lovo, Monday, August 19, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A 'hot topic'

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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East Penn Expands Innovation Investment by Acquiring Majority Share of Navitas Systems

Posted By Marianna Lovo, Monday, August 19, 2019

East Penn is pleased to announce the acquisition of a majority interest in Navitas Systems.
Navitas Systems is a global leader in larger-format lithium battery technology and systems
for heavy-duty commercial/industrial as well as government/defense market segments.

The acquisition will accelerate East Penn’s expansion of its Motive Power battery offering,
as well as its strategic integration into other market segments. This exciting new venture
aligns with East Penn’s existing plans of providing the most robust array of optimized
energy storage system solutions. This will enhance the company’s efforts in completely
meeting the ever-expanding demands of its customers well into the future. Navitas products
will complement East Penn’s offerings, and its lithium Research and Development expertise
will add to East Penn’s current lithium R&D program.

“East Penn and Navitas share corporate values of quality, research and development, and
ethical integrity. Chairman and Founder, Alan ElShafei, has built a rich company culture at
Navitas very similar to ours here at East Penn. Navitas also shares our passion for
producing safe, high quality Lithium products,” said Chris Pruitt, East Penn CEO and
President. “We are happy to be joining in partnership with such a strong, well-established
company.”

Navitas Systems will continue to be run by their current management team, and both of
their research and manufacturing facilities will remain in Ann Arbor, MI.

“We are delighted to join in this major partnership with East Penn” said Alan ElShafei,
Chairman and Founder of Navitas Systems. “They have earned such tremendous loyalty
from customers and distributors alike, resulting from their caring culture, quality products,
and continued focus on innovation. We could not imagine a stronger company to partner
with, and we look forward to helping bring advanced lithium battery solutions in a
complementary fashion to the already innovative portfolio of battery products offered by
East Penn.”

East Penn’s commitment to innovations in lead batteries and other advancements in new
technology has availed the company unique opportunities in many new markets. The
company remains on the forefront of exploring the many possibilities of advanced battery
technology. While East Penn remains focused on manufacturing lead batteries and its
continued innovation, expanding its offerings will help meet broader customer demands as
well as enabling entry into new markets.

About East Penn Manufacturing:
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.

About Navitas Systems:
Navitas Systems is a leader in integrated design, technology development, and manufacturing
of innovative energy-enabled system solutions and energy storage products for commercial,
industrial, and government agency customers. Navitas Systems products range from
customized energy storage solutions for motive, idle-reduction and defense related
applications, along with custom renewable energy integrated power systems. The company is
located in Ann Arbor Michigan, with both a 48,000 square foot R&D, Engineering, and
Manufacturing Center, as well as a new 100,000 square foot Starlifter lithium forklift battery
Manufacturing Center. From advanced R&D, safe/high energy cell design, in-house electronics
manufacturing and cable assemblies, to sophisticated battery pack assembly, Navitas is a
premier source for comprehensive energy and power electronics solutions. More information
on Navitas Systems is available at www.navitassys.com as well as Starlifter lithium forklift
battery information at www.lithiumforkliftpower.com. Follow us on LinkedIn at
www.linkedin.com/company/navitas-systems-llc.

Stifel acted as exclusive financial advisor to Navitas Systems LLC on the transaction.

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Lead Batteries A Model Of Circular Economy At D.C. Sustainability Summit

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Thursday, August 15, 2019

Decision-Makers Gather at U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Event  to Share Sustainability Strategies Through 2030

WASHINGTON, August 15, 2019 – Today, leaders from the lead battery manufacturing and recycling industry shared its circular economy success with those attending the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s 5th Annual Sustainability and Circular Economy Summit. Held in the nation’s capital, the two-day conference unites a cross-section of sustainability and circular economy professionals to educate one another on replicable, successful initiatives and benchmark strategies for impact through 2030 and beyond.

Highlighting this afternoon’s “Data for Good” session was discussion on the success of the lead battery industry’s circularity and commercial viability. Its closed-loop infrastructure results in a 99.3% recycling rate, use of 80% recycled materials, and “Most Recycled Consumer Product” recognition by the EPA.

During the session, Dr. Carole Mars, Director of Technical Development and Innovation for The Sustainability Consortium (TSC), spoke on making the lead battery industry a circular economy model for other sectors.

 

“Lead batteries close the loop more effectively than any other product in the consumer goods space,” Mars said. “We’d like to leverage the lessons of this industry to help others reach the same type of performance for their end-of-life products.” TSC’s mission is to help make consumer products worldwide more sustainable.

 

The circularity of a lead battery has global impact, as the demand grows for sustainable energy storage in the renewable energy, automotive and digital technology sectors. Wood Mackenzie’s Power & Renewables latest report projects that energy storage deployments will grow thirteen-fold over the next six years, concentrated in the U.S. and China. One goal of the U.S. lead battery industry is to ensure that environmental criteria of batteries be equal to, or greater than, performance and cost criteria when evaluating battery options.

Also participating in the “Data for Good” session were executives from East Penn Manufacturing and RSR Technologies. Their leaders explained the companys’ sustainable materials management.

“Lead batteries are designed from the outset to ensure recyclability,” said East Penn Manufacturing CEO/President Chris Pruitt. “At our Berks County Pennsylvania facility, we recycle nearly 30,000 lead batteries every day, and the materials are reused to make new batteries over and over again.” In the true spirit of a circular economy, new products are also created from the recycled materials. From the recovered sulfuric acid, East Penn annually sells 25,000 tons of liquid fertilizer solution as raw material to fertilizer manufacturers.

Dr. Mark Drezdzon is Vice President of Research and Development for RSR Technologies, a subsidiary of ECOBAT Technologies Ltd., one of the world’s largest producers and recyclers of lead. Drezdzon noted that performance advancements made in lead batteries over the past 20 years have not compromised the recyclability of the product.

“We continue to improve lead battery performance,” Drezdzon stated. “The industry is engaged in a project at the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory to do fundamental research using state-of-the-art analytical tools to study a 160-year-old technology.” Using Argonne’s Advanced Photon Source, a synchrotron which generates high energy X-rays capable of studying a lead battery as it operates in real time, DOE scientists are studying the structural and chemical changes in a lead battery during operation to foster further improvements in battery performance.

 

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.

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Note to editors: Photos available upon request to ldry@batterycouncil.org

Additional information on lead batteries and the circular economy including infographic.

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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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