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  1. LEVA-EU offers free Battery Transport Info through Cross-Industry Platform BatteriesTransport.org

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    Brussels/Washington D.C., 1 September 2020 – The industry associations for batteries and battery-powered products RECHARGE, EPBA, EUROBAT, PRBA, EBRA, ACEA, MDBTC as well as LEVA-EU announced today the launch of a new information platform for the safe transportation, testing and packaging of battery cells, batteries, and vehicles and equipment containing batteries. With the aim of facilitating access to battery-specific transport information and raising awareness, the eight associations make available free and easy-to-understand content on the requirements as set out by the United Nations, the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR) and other transport regulations.

    The professional transport of battery-related articles – via air, sea or road – is subject to international, national and regional regulatory frameworks, which include comprehensive administrative and operational measures to ensure the safe transport at all times. The requirements apply to lead-, lithium-, nickel- and sodium-based batteries likewise.

    Transporting an electro-chemical article, as a prototype, final product or waste, means that specific safety measures must be applied. Failing to comply with the obligations is not just a violation of these regulations but a safety risk that our industry is not willing to accept”, said the associations. “Representing a responsible industry, we want to ensure that everyone involved in the transport of our batteries and battery-containing products has access to the applicable requirements”.

    Free of charge, BatteriesTransport.org offers general information for shippers, transport operators and end-users. It also includes frequently asked questions and two dedicated eBooks with all relevant testing, packaging, labeling and reporting instructions per transport mode.

    LEVA-EU Manager Annick Roetynck explains that is quite natural for LEVA-EU to participate in this initiative: “As a professional organization for LEV companies, we are fully focused on assisting our members in the application of all the rules that apply to Light Electric Vehicles. The rules regarding the transport of Li-Ion batteries cover an important chapter in this. A better understanding of the rules gives LEV companies easier access to the market, thereby promoting that market. That in turn contributes to making mobility more sustainable.

    All visitors of BatteriesTransport.org have access to a free on-line version of the eBook on lithium batteries as well as to the FAQ page. LEVA-EU Members have access to the full version of the eBook and can submit specific questions on the transport of Li-Ion batteries to the experts of BatteriesTransport.org.

    BatteriesTransport.org works with some of the most respected experts in the industry to provide information that is clear, comprehensive and updated. The content is revised on a (bi-)annual basis to reflect the regular changes to the regulatory frameworks. Contact [email protected] to support the initiative and help educate on the safe transport of batteries worldwide. Contact [email protected] for further information on LEVA-EU.

  2. BEBAT publishes 3rd E-book on E-mobility

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    What will mobility look like in 2030? As of yet no one can answer this interesting question. Still, a number of clear evolutions are already starting to emerge that will fundamentally change our mobility as well as society in general. To sketch this vision of the future, Bebat asked experts from all areas of the mobility industry to gaze into their crystal ball.

    One of the interviewed experts is LEVA-EU Manager, Annick Roetynck. She predicts that by 2030, most cities will have banned cars alltogether. She believes cars will be replaced to a major extent in favour of  light electric vehicles such as e-bikes, e-cargo bikes, e-steps and other new light electric concepts.

    Bebat is the Belgain governing body for end-of-life batteries. In tandem with sorting centre Sortbat, Bebat has been an indispensable link in the economic value chain of batteries for more than a decade. In the past 6 years Bebat has collected, transported, stored and – if the customer so wishes – examined and dismantled well over 10,000 EV batteries.

    It is, of course, hard to predict what the mobility industry will look like in 2030. However, there is no doubt that a number of evolutions and trends will challenge the status quo. One thing is for certain: all these new and predominantly electric forms of mobility will generate an exponential growth of the number of batteries.

    This conclusion inspired Bebat to peruse a number of recent studies and consult with a broad range of experts from the energy industry, the automotive industry, the lease sector, the academic world and the logistics industry to get their take on the next 10 years. Their their visions have been gathered in the third edition of Bebat’s Ebook on E-Mobility.

    The E-book is available for free in English, French and Dutch online or as a downloadable version: https://ebooks.bebat.be/en


  3. Environmentally-friendly graphene bio-inks for rechargeable batteries and energy storage devices

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    Source ​Letizia Diamante @ Graphene Flagship – Researchers at Graphene Flagship partners Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, CIC EnergiGUNE and INCAR-CSIC, Spain, have produced rechargeable batteries and energy storage devices made of a non-toxic and environmentally friendly graphene-based material.

    With current metal-ion batteries reaching their theoretical limitations in terms of cycle life, capacity and power, researchers focused on metal-air alternatives, such as sodium-air (Na-O2) batteries. Equipped with sodium anodes and oxygen-trapping cathodes, these devices have interesting and unique rechargeable capabilities: NaOis produced when the battery drains its stored energy, which is then recycled back to form metallic sodium and oxygen when the battery charges.

    In this study, a cathode was made using a porous graphene-based aerogel. The Graphene Flagship team fabricated it by electrochemically exfoliating graphite foils with the help of molecules derived from DNA building blocks, such as adenosine monophosphate. These biomolecules insert into the graphite structure, causing the foils to swell. The foils are then scraped off and processed further, resulting in the formation of graphene flakes, around 1-2 nm in thickness and 400-600 nm in width.

    The Graphene Flagship researchers also highlighted a secondary function of these biomolecules: they are adsorbed on the surface of graphene, allowing the flakes to be dispersed in water. The resulting conductive ink is preferable over others that contain organic solvents for several reasons – above all, due to its low impact on the environment. The Graphene Flagship researchers then used a freeze-drying technique to transform the ink into an aerogel, suitable for the battery’s cathode. These new batteries could be recharged 50 times with an efficiency of 94%, which is a very competitive result that out-performs other graphene-based cathodes.

    We believe that the phosphates in these biomolecules are the main reason for this success. These chemical groups allow NaO2 to be recycled more quickly during the charging phase,” explains Nagore Ortiz-Vitoriano, from Graphene Flagship partner CIC EnergiGUNE, who co-authored this study.

    With no need for any additives, this graphene ink was also used for printing electrically conductive patterns as part of storage devices, such as micro-supercapacitors. These devices showed a remarkable performance, comparable to the current graphene-based devices, and retained around 75% of the initial performance after 5,000 charge/discharge cycles.

    We will keep refining the structure of our devices and continue to improve their capacity and cycle life, as well as reducing the energy losses during operation,” says Jose Maria Munuera, from Graphene Flagship partner CSIC, and corresponding author of this study.

    By demonstrating that an aqueous graphene-based bio-ink improves the performances of batteries and supercapacitors, this work provides a novel sustainable material solution to advance the field,” comments Vittorio Pellegrini, the Graphene Flagship’s Work Package Leader for Energy Storage.

    Andrea C. Ferrari, Science and Technology Officer of the Graphene Flagship and Chair of its Management Panel, adds: “Meeting the sustainable development goals is at the core of the Graphene Flagship science and innovation. Energy applications are amongst the promising impact areas for graphene and related materials. This works shows a sustainable approach for the production of graphene to be used in re-chargeable batteries, with a double advantage for the environment.


    J.M. Munuera, J.I. Paredes, M. Enterría, S. Villar-Rodil, A.G. Kelly, Y. Nalawade, J.N. Coleman, T. Rojo, N. Ortiz-Vitoriano, A. Martínez-Alonso, and J.M. Tascón. High Performance Na-O2 Batteries and Printed Microsupercapacitors Based on Water-Processable, Biomolecule-Assisted Anodic GrapheneACS Appl. Mater. Interfaces12 (1), 494-506 (2019).

  4. LEVA-EU Briefing on Technical Rules for Batteries

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    LEVA-EU has a new briefing available  on the EU technical rules applying to batteries for light, electric vehicles, i.e. electric bicycles, electric scooters, self-balancing vehicles, electric monowheels, hoverboards, etc.

    In the briefing, we explain how battery rules depend on the legal framework that is applicable to the complete vehicle. The regulations for vehicles under type-approval are completely different from the regulations for vehicles under the Machine Directive.

    We provide a detailed overview of the requirements resulting from these two frameworks. We focus not only on electric bicycles up to 25 km/h and 250W, but also on electric bicycles in L1e-A and L1e-B (speed pedelecs), on electric mountain bikes, electric cargo bikes, electric scooters, self-balancing vehicles, etc.

    Further details on how to obtain this new briefing are here: https://leva-eu.com/rules-regulations-leva-eu-briefings-available/

  5. Bebat: Belgian Battery Take Back Solution

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    Make sure you are legally compliant when putting light electric vehicles onto the Belgian market

    Does your company import and/or sell battery-operated light electric vehicles such as e-bikes, e-scooters, hoverboards, monowheels or other light elctric vehicle excluded from type approval onto the Belgian market? If so, you have to fulfil the take-back obligation. Read all about it in this article.

    The principle is simple: the Belgian take-back obligation requires you to take back your Belgian customers’ waste batteries from light electric vehicles. This legislation applies to all companies that import and/or sell battery-operated light electric vehicles, excluded from type-approval;  onto the Belgian market. The take-back obligation also applies to online sales and any other forms of distance selling by non-Belgian companies.

    Considering organising it yourself? Quite complex!

    The consequences of this legal obligation should not be underestimated. You are responsible for the collection and processing of waste batteries and accumulators. You must also draw up an individual waste prevention and management plan setting out how you comply with your obligations. These reports are to be submitted to the regional authorities: OVAM for the Flemish Region, Bruxelles Environnement for the Brussels Capital Region and DSD for the Walloon Region.

    Let Bebat take on your take-back obligation

    Complying with the take-back obligation is a considerable challenge, both logistically and administratively. Do you prefer to spend your time and energy on your core business? Then join Bebat, the collective management body established by the industry. They look after the practical implementation of the take-back obligation. Bebat collects the batteries at no cost and ensures that the used batteries are properly recycled. So all you have to do is to inform Bebat them how many and which types of batteries you brought to market.

    Are you compliant for 2020?

    In just 2 minutes, you can check whether you fulfil the obligations regarding the collection and recycling of batteries. And – if you’re not compliant right now – you can find out which solution is best for you.

    Do the test and discover if your company is legally compliant for 2020.


  6. Thüringen calls for ban on e-scooters with non-replaceable batteries

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    The German region of Thüringen demands regulations aimed at imposing replaceable batteries on electric scooters. According to a recent motion in the Bundesrat by the Thüringer Prime Minister, such a ban would result in a reduction of (chemical) waste, in saving energy and therefore in making mobility more sustainable.

    While the main focus of the Thüringer motion is on electric scooters with non-replaceable batteries, is also includes electric mopeds, e-bikes and speed pedelecs, equipped with non-replaceable batteries. Vehicles with these types of batteries would cause an increasing amount waste and are therefore not in line with the German objective to change mobility (Verkehrswende). Thüringen also emphasizes that their proposal would be energy-saving.

    Since June 2019, e-scooters are allowed on public roads in Germany. According to the Federal Environment Agency, this has not yet produced a tangeable effect on mobility. While e-scooters constitute an additional mode of transport, the amount of waste they cause is an issue. Therefore, the motion calls on the federal government to act on this matter. They request the government to investigate whether such a ban is possible, either at German or European level. The government is expected to respond by the end of October.

    Source: Sazbike

  7. Europe’s first sustainable battery production launched in Denmark

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    Denmark is known worldwide for its wind turbines and green energy, and in the future the Danes may also be known for having created the first European production of green batteries for electric bicycles. The Viridus aims at producing 50,000 green batteries annually by the end of 2019.

    Aarhus, August 28th, 2019: “In many ways, it’s paradoxical that electric bicycles, which in themselves are an environmentally friendly mode of transport, still use black batteries that are transported right across the globe to reach the European bicycle manufacturers. We need to change this in order to take better care of the world. The consumers have also become more aware of their climate footprint, and bicycle manufacturers are starting to notice this,” says Jesper Lundqvist, managing director of Viridus.

    Viridus was created as a joint venture between the Chinese company Greenway and LEVA-EU member Promovec, a company also led by Jesper Lundqvist, and which for many years has supplied a wide range of components and services in the field of electric bicycle production.

    The company was founded in 2018, but green battery production only got underway in August 2019. Viridus expects to be producing 50,000 green batteries for electric bicycles annually by the end of 2019 in its cutting-edge assembly hall, which is packed with state-of-the-art production equipment. By the end of the year, Viridus expects to have around 12-15 employees.

    The green battery production has thus been started up by some quite experienced people – and the company has also been well received.
    Several Danish bicycle brands have already bought into the concept, and from now on will use only green batteries. For consumers, it will ultimately mean a minor extra expense when they buy an electric bicycle, but seen over the lifetime of an electric bicycle, it’s a small amount of money,” says Jesper Lundqvist.

    Greater flexibility in production

    The demand for electric bikes is booming in Europe, and in the Netherlands and Belgium, in particular, the proportion of electric bicycles sold is very high. This places the bicycle manufacturers in a special situation, Jesper Lundqvist believes. “Right now, the bicycle industry has an excellent opportunity to lead the way in green mobility, the devices for which must also of course be produced in a sustainable manner. That means there must also be companies in Europe that will help to lead the way and inspire other industries and consumers to adopt the green agenda. Together with our customers in the industry, we wish to be among the trailblazers,” says Jesper Lundqvist.
    However, a crucial aspect of the new production of green batteries on European soil is that it also involves giving bicycle manufacturers greater flexibility and faster deliveries. “Today, if you import the subcomponents from Asia, you have to order six months in advance. This makes life difficult for the bicycle manufacturers, who often require more flexibility in their production. We believe that through European production of green batteries we can create precisely this greater flexibility, thanks amongst other things to the much shorter distances involved. This will also save the world a large amount of CO2, and that’s the most important objective,” says Jesper Lundqvist.

    For further information, please contact:
    Jesper Lundqvist, managing director, mobile +45 5129 8974

    Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash

  8. New Bafang batteries

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    Bafang introduces new batteries for semi-integration into lightweight e-bike frames – 450Wh and 600Wh options.

    In addition to their various drive system options – front, rear and mid motors – Bafang now extends its own battery portfolio to offer not only rack mounted and fully integrated inTube batteries, but also semi-integrated batteries for an even greater variety of frame designs.

    They will be launched during the upcoming Taipei Cycle Show (March 27th – 30st) at Bafang’s booth no. M0409.

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