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Waste Batteries-Where do batteries go to die? – St. George Daily Spectrum

Waste Batteries

Waste Batteries ready to be re-cycled

Where do Waste Batteries go to die?

St. George Daily Spectrum

Batteries are essential to our daily lives. They are everywhere — in our cell phones, lap tops, iPods, kitchen appliances and garden tools.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

95% of waste batteries are recycled.

Most of the Waste Batteries that are removed from our cars and trucks are collected by scrap dealers and then they are sent to be Waste and Recycling to a waste battery

Waste Batteries,failing a battery for the re-cycling bin

failing a battery for the Waste Batteries bin

re-processing plant such as the one used by Exide Batteries.

Waste Batteries

Lead acid Waste Batteries are one of the success stories in the world of re-cycling. Over 95% of the old car,truck and tractor batteries are sent to be re-made into new battery products. Almost all black coloured batteries are made from re-cycling old Waste Batteries a very worthy record.

The complete battery starts out at one end of the process and ends up at the other end as part of a new battery. Even the plastic is broken up into very small pieces and then mixed with new material before been made into a new battery casing. These re-cycled casings (battery boxes) are always made into black batteries because of the mixture of colours, any white or opaque coloured 12 Volt Battery has been made from new materials and therefor has not been re-cycled.

In my opinion this is great news, and makes the lead acid Waste Batteries  greener than people think, which is more than we can say about the lithium-Ion batteries . The lithium-ion battery has not in my opinion stood the test of time regarding both safety and the potential for them to be re-cycled. There is some news though that the lithium-ion batteries that are on the electric cars at the moment, could be used for storing solar energy in a domestic situation.

Eric Roberts…www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

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Leisure Batteries Connected-How to Connect 2 or More Leisure Batteries? / Car & Leisure Battery …

Leisure Batteries Connected

Leisure Batteries Connected

Trojan Leisure Batteries

Connecting two or more leisure batteries is entirely possible, but it should be undertaken with caution. To connect the batteries, you’ll have to have enough space in the caravan to house the multiple batteries safely, as well as …

 

eric roberts’ insight:

Connecting 2 or More Leisure Batteries

It is entirely possible to connect more than two leisure or solar power batteries. But it must be in parallel. Therefore, this means that to retain the twelve volts that you require. Hence, you must connect the two positive terminals together. Naturally, and the two negative terminals together. By connecting the batteries in this way.Thus, as I have said you will retain the twelve volts that you will require.As a result, to power a twelve-volt system. For this reason, that is used on most cars and marine and leisure systems, it

Leisure Batteries Connected

2 x 75 amp Lucas Leisure Batteries

will also double the amps for more power storage, which is why this is done in the first place. This method also means that your batteries will charge at the same rate.

It is also important to use the same type of batteries, the accompanying video will explain about the different types of Leisure Batteries and the best for most applications are AGM batteries.

Leisure Batteries Connected

Leisure Batteries can be connected in parallel

Leisure Batteries Connected

The Leisure Batteries that you connect together must also be the same type and age, preferably new batteries, it will be of no use if you connect a new battery with one that is old and has less power. this will only make the new battery fail at a later stage and not give you the full power that you are looking for. It is also possible to connect each battery to a fuse, which will stop the risk of a high current flowing from the good battery to the bad battery with a faulty cell causing it to short; this situation could be dangerous, with a risk of a fire or explosion.

For more reading… http://batteryuniversity.com/learn/article/serial_and_parallel_battery_configurations

Eric Roberts…www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

 

Batteries charged by Solar Panels-Toyota’s vision for the future – Drive

Batteries charged

Toyota‘s vision for the future

Drive

Toyota’s Smart House uses solar panels and Batteries charged for all electricity, and the system can also power any plug-in hybrid and electric cars belonging to the occupants.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Solar panels Batteries charged this cars batteries

This is a very good and in depth article by Matt Campbell. Hence, this article is about Toyota,s new vision. So of a totally green Batteries charged car. Of course, the car (if you could call it that) is operated by twin electric motors.

Batteries charged

Hydrogen cells are also becoming popular to some car makers. Especially Toyota in Japan . For this reason, Toyota are already in a well advanced stage. So in the race for the end to the gas guzzling cars. Thus, reducing greenhouse gases.

Thus , connected up to a Lithium Ion Battery Pack .Enabling , the car to do 45 k/hr. With a range of about 50 kilometers. This  little car has special suspension .Of course, that allows it to sort of tilt, as you can see in the picture. Thus, is expected to be used in busy cities and towns. Consequently, the car will be known as the i-Road. Subsequently, will also be able to be plugged in and charged at any charging station. Of course, as well as at home.Batteries charged

The future of the Lithium-Ion battery is becoming more certain.Hence, regarding the batteries. Including when they have finished their end of life as a New Car Battery. Although the old replaced battery may not be suitable for a car.

Batteries charged

Then, scientists are thinking of using disused batteries for solar energy Battery storage purposes.To be charged and used as storage. The world will be crying out for some solution to solar energy storage. Of course, the old Lithium-Ion batteries could well be the answer. To the disposal problem.

As a result of demand. Other power saving technologies are been invented in Universities . All over the world. Hence, to reduce emissions and greenhouse gases. Including the Start-Stop Batteries that are now getting more popular with car manufacturers.

for more information…http://www.autoblog.com/2013/10/08/toyota-i-road-electric-trike-production/

 

Eric Roberts…www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

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Johnson Controls-To make Smaller battery pack which may jolt auto industry – The Detroit News

Johnson Controls

Post updated  15/2/2014

Daily Tech Johnson Controls smaller battery pack may jolt auto industry The Detroit News Plymouth —Global automotive supplier Johnson Controls says it has reduced a micro-hybrid battery pack from the size of a car trunk to the size of a shoebox,…

Johnson controls are a leading battery pack company

This is yet another major step that Johnson controls are involved in, a realistic sized Lithium Ion Battery Pack.

One of the new range of Lithium Ion Rechargeable Battery will be used to power a boat outboard motors and electric motors made by Torqeedo a German boat manufacturer who will use these  new  Leisure Batteries, (that will be made in Johnson controls Holland plant). The new marine batteries are to made from a

Johnson Controls

Johnson Controls offices

modified version of its plug in Hybrid electric vehicle battery, that will be waterproof and will not be effected by the salt water on marine boats.

Johnson Controls are one of the largest manufacturers of 12 v lead acid batteries in the world and are now getting involved in making batteries from the new technology era that we are getting into.

Johnson Controls

Some of the new types of batteries are creating some problems at the moment for the scientists to find answers to.This includes overheating and the length of time that these batteries will last on one charge, but i am sure that answers are imminent in the near future.

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. Subsequently, I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies . Of course, in my younger days. Naturally, before starting my first business. As a result, I now own a company here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre. Consequently, I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products . Thus, that will help my business to grow. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes.Also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

 

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ELECTRIC CAR Battery Plug in Stations in Chester UK

ELECTRIC CAR Battery

 

ELECTRIC CAR Battery Plug in Stations in Chester UK

In the last few days I visited the beautiful city of Chester in Cheshire, North West England. Chester is very close to the Welsh border and is steeped in history. Of course, the city was once a Roman settlement. So, still boasts a near complete Roman wall. Encircling the city centre. Including, its many shops and hotels. Attracting millions of visitors a year.

electric car

Charging station sign

electric car

My daughter Brooke collecting her graduation gown from the University campus in Chester.

My wife and I were in Chester to see our daughter receive her Honours degree. Naturally, from the University of Chester. The ceremony was held at the cities cathedral. Attended by many dignitaries and important university personnel. Subsequently, the service took some two hours. But was well worth it see our daughter Brooke receive her degree in French studies. Indeed, we were very proud parents indeed Celebrating with a nice meal and a few drinks. Before heading back to the hotel for a few more night caps.

The Hotel was the Mill Hotel and Spa complex Hotel just off the centre of Chester and very nice it was too. On arriving I could not help noticing that there was a few very large life size replicas of rhinos, painted in very bright psychedelically painted situated around the hotel car park. Looking more closely I noticed that they all had a sign attached to them. To my amazement the rhinos were in fact “electric car charging points”.

ELECTRIC CAR Battery- charging is free to residents of the hotel.

These were some of the first that I had ever seen in the North of England. The Hotel had them installed care of a company called”Zerocarbonworld.org and are fitted free of charge through government grants and special funding. I have always been interested in the electric car and other inventions that are at the moment flooding the car market place, so I could not wait to turn this find into a blog.

When we checked out I asked the guy at the reception how much they charged to top the battery up on an electric car and to my surprise he said that there was no charge for the service indeed the service was free. But as a business man I know that the electricity used would have been a business cost and used to calculate the cost of a room, so therefor we would have been paying for the cost of charging up an electric car battery in the price of a room. The reception guy then told me that they had only ever had two electric cars to have their batteries charged.

In the end we all had a great three days and I found an interesting subject to blog about.

Eric Roberts… www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

Toyota Yaris Clutch Problem

electric car

Giant model Rhino marking where the electric car charging points are located

Hybrid Car-That Runs on Air-Pressure and Not Batteries

Peugeot’s new technology will get you 117 miles per gallon. (Better Than Batteries: A Hybrid Car That Runs on Air http://t.co/3wz2KXjhlo)

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

New technology to compete with the big batteries Hybridshybrid car,peugoet batteries

This new development from Peugeot-Citroen is yet another big development to compete with the massive batteries and price tag of the earlier hybrid car. The beauty about this car is that the engine is almost a standard type engine that uses petrol (gasoline) and will be started by a standard Battery System along with uprated gearbox and special hydraulics. This is great news for us independent garage owners as it will give us a chance to repair these cars when they arrive in the aftermarket a few years down the line, a thing that I don’t believe will happen with the huge Lithium-Ion battery driven cars, that are to be leased to their owners.

The new hybrid car will be driven by the conventional engine when traveling any distance, but will reverts to the “Air power” when driving in cities and towns, when the air system will be activated when the car does less than 43 mph. It is also expected that the car will be capable of producing an average of just less than 129 miles to the gallon with upgrades towards 2020. Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2266632/Car-runs-air-coming-soon-Peugeot-Citroen-unveil-new-117mpg-

The first hybrid car using this technology is expected to on the smaller Peugeot 206 ; although I don’t think that a decision has yet been made. The price of these new cars is going to be about £1000.00 cheaper than today’s battery powered hybrids. The hybrid car has been a closely guarded secret and has been under development for almost three years now at a research centre not far from the south of Paris. The car is expected to be a great success and will help the giant French car company to retain its place in the technology driven hybrid car market. The car will also use  standard batteries and will look no different to the standard models that we see today, as I said previously this will be a car that we can all service in the future which is good news for the independent garages out there.

To bring this article further forward, Peugeot , the French automaker revealed its Hybrid Air technology will be further revealed later this year at the Paris Motor Show. The vehicle that the new technology will be demonstrated on will be the Peugoet 208 hybrid car and not the Peugeot 206 that i stated earlier. This version of the Hybrid Air design will offer the car makers a fuel economy distance of 117 miles per gallon, which is an improvement on the figures that they announced last year. I believe that this technology could be a winner and will not involve the suspect lithium-Ion batteries, that other car makers are relying on.

Article by Eric Roberts… www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Cheap leisure Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

 

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Car Battery Care-Winter driving tips (Including Car Batteries) Dont be Let Down This Winter

Car Battery Care

Car Battery Care

CarBuyer

Winter driving tips

CarBuyer

Car Battery Care can last for more than around five years, so if your car is approaching that sort of age and is still using its original battery, it’s worth getting it checked over.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Car Battery Care

A Battery is something just stuck under the bonnet

To most car drivers the cars battery is just something that is stuck under the bonnet (hood). So, the only time they will know that it exists is when the car will not start and it is

Car Battery Care

Testing this cars battery is all part of Car Battery Care

usually in the middle of nowhere. Of course, or when you are driving to that important meeting on a cold winters day.Hence, your battery Care, is the last thing on most drivers minds ? .

The days are getting much shorter now and the nights colder. Hence, you will also be using more of the cars electrics in winter. Especially the heaters, wipers, and lights.  In fact you will be using everything electrical. Thus putting your cars battery under immense pressure. Also you should be using the cars air-conditioning system to clear and de-mist another power

Car Battery Care

Racing car in Unipart colours

sucking piece of equipment that will drain the cars battery. Also, not forgetting to de-ice the car before you set off on your journey.

According to the RAC here in the UK, lack of Car Battery Care is the biggest cause of car breakdowns and the problem starts to get worst at this time of year.

Most of the Cheap Car Batteries are only guaranteed for two years, but the batteries fitted to new cars will last on average for about five years.

Car Battery Care

So if your car is five years old or over, be prepared to have to change the battery, before it lets you down.

There are many Causes of a Flat Battery. You can have a free battery check if you are having Car Battery Problems at most garages, but if you need a garage that you can trust ,then look online for your nearest Unipart Car Care Centre, they have a network of garages that can be trusted on price and service.

Also if you do have your car serviced at regular intervals then Car Battery Care will be carried out by your garage. They will clean and test your battery in with the service.

Eric Roberts… member of  Unipart Car Care Centre

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years.

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Van Battery Care-Your Car is at Risk! – Reasons for your Car Battery to Fail?

Van Battery Care

Corroded battery terminals require cleaning

Frequent battery failure can cost you thousands of dollars for repairs. You can avoid Van Battery Care problems by following regular maintenance. To reduce chances of  van battery failures, it’s critical to understand its causes.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

Give your car battery a winter check

As we all know winter is just around the corner here in the Northern hemisphere. The weather is turning colder at night and this will affect the performance of your car battery. To keep you car battery lasting longer there are one or two things that you can do.

If your van battery has the old type screw tops, then you can inspect the level of the acid in your battery, with Van Battery Care, this can be checked and remedied. If this is something that you have to do at often intervals then it means that the battery is boiling and could have a faulty alternator. You should top the battery up with distilled water and recheck it a few days after, to see if the level has dropped again. If the level has dropped then you should get your alternator checked at a good garage.

If are reading this in the UK and you do not know of a good garage, then look up the nearest Unipart Car Care Centre(UCCC) in your area, they have safeguards to protect you the

Van Battery Care

A simple voltmeter can tell you lots about your battery

customer and a fair price policy, but more than that they can be trusted.

Also another Van Battery Care tip is to look out for white coloured powder on the top of the  battery, this indicates a leak around the terminals, the white powder is dried battery acid. You can clean it off using a cup full of warm water, but if it is a recurring problem it means that the battery is on its way out and needs replacing before it lets you down, on your deliveries. It is a good idea to always keep a Car Battery Charger and a 12V Voltmeter,to hand as it may just keep you going for a few more winter days, until you can buy Cheap Car batteries Online.

This is about the limit that you can go to check over your battery and look after it, after all has I have said the last thing you want is for the battery to let you down, when you

Van Battery Care

Your car battery could end up in the scrap pile

least expect it and having to be towed to the nearest garage to have it seen to, and paying over the odds because you are stranded. That is if they have a battery to fit your car, you may have to wait another day if they have to order a new battery.

More reading…”If you often see leaks under your car, it’s about time to check your van battery. Extreme weather condition can cause the battery to crack and leak. Van batteries sometimes leak a highly corrosive acid, which is harmful to your van and to you as well, good Van Battery Care, will ensure this does not happen?. Cleaning up a battery leak is easy, but you should observe the utmost caution when dealing with battery acid to prevent injury”… http://carfs.net/2013/10/your-car-is-at-risk-reasons-car-batteries-fail/

Eric Roberts … member of  MotorCodes.org

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

Start-Stop Batteries- now a new type of Micro Hybrid Battery from Johnson Controls

Start-Stop Batteries now Micro Hybrid Battery-Johnson Controls

As I have stated many times Johnson Controls Aldershot are the World leading car battery makers, they now have battery production plants all over the Planet. Johnson Controls make the batteries that we sell under the name of Lucas and Numax.

Their latest project was the invention of “ star-stop” technology, now in use on many new car models in the States and Europe. These batteries can cut fuel bills by as much as 8% and they work by the car engine stopping and then restarting at say a busy road junction, saving the car engine from idling and therefore saving fuel.

Start-Stop Batteries

The new Micro hybrid  battery

The next challenge from Johnson Controls was to make cars even more fuel efficient, without the use of the massive cumbersome batteries now used on the latest EV vehicles.

New 48volt Micro Hybrid battery are the next generation from Johnson Controls

This new 48 volt micro hybrid battery will be to power the cars electrics while the car will also require a small 12 volt starter battery similar to the 054 battery that is used today. The new battery uses Lithium-Ion technology, but is far more compact for car use than its predecessors.

This new micro hybrid  battery is expected to lower emissions and improve the cars fuel economy to help make a greener planet. Another good point is that this battery is expected to be a cheap battery compared with the massive price tags on the Lithium-Ion batteries used on the EV electric vehicles that are in use today.

This new 48 volt micro hybrid battery looks like being a winner and is expected to save 15% on the cost of fuel a claim that is interesting car makers all over the World…More Reading…

http://www.johnsoncontrols.com/content/us/en/about/our_company/featured_stories/48-volt-micro-hybrid-battery.html 

The new micro hybrid battery is expected to be on show at the North American national Auto Show in Detroit, on the 14th January 2014. According to Alex Molinaroli Johnson Controls president…

“Johnson Controls sees opportunities for the development of evolutionary energy storage systems that offer even more fuel efficiency than Start-Stop at less cost than a

Start-Stop Batteries

A heavy duty starter motor use on start-stop cars

hybrid or electric vehicle,” said Alex Molinaroli, president, Johnson Controls Power Solutions. “Even as Start-Stop vehicles become part of the mainstream in Europe and start to take hold in the U.S., Micro Hybrid technology has the potential to deliver the next level of fuel efficiency along the spectrum of vehicle performance, reaching upwards of 15 to 20 % in fuel economy.”

I personally am looking forward to the challenges ahead in the battery world and Johnson Controls appear to be one of the leading players.

Written by Eric Roberts…  www.batteriesontheweb.co.uk

Eric Roberts

Hi I would like to introduce myself. I have worked in the Garage and tyre and Battery business now for 40 years. I have worked for a couple for national tyre companies in my younger days, before starting my first business. I now own a garage and MOT testing centre, here in the UK called Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre, and I am a keen blogger about anything to do with cars and their related products that will help my business. We are members of Point-S and Motor-Codes and are also a Unipart Car Care Centre and of course Tyre-safe.

Ford Car Batteries-University of Michigan Open New Battery Lab – Sci-Tech Today

 

Ford Car Batteries

An up to date Hybrid battery that has been developed by Johnson Controls

Post Updated 10th Jan 2014

Ford, University of Michigan Open New Battery Lab

Sci-Tech Today

A new $8 million battery lab at the University of Michigan will help develop Ford Car Batteries that are smaller, lighter and less expensive to make.

 

eric roberts‘s insight:

FORD TO INJECT MONEY INTO MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY FOR BATTERY DEVELOPMENT

The University of Michigan will soon be setting up a new department, to study and develop new Ford Car Batteries, with the financial help of Fords .

The Ford Car Batteries will be developed for there longevity quality and their endurance

It is a known fact that the electric car has been a slow seller for the Ford Motor Company and it will also be important to develop a battery that is a cheap battery, it will be one of Fords priorities to bring down the price of these Ford Car Batteries.

Electric cars have been very slow to take off, reaching only 1% of the American car market in the year that’s just passed. The Hybrid cars (EV”S) a mix of petrol and battery power  have fared better, taking up just 3% of the total market.

This in part is due to the  high cost of these cars, due mainly to the lithium-ion batteries that are the main source of battery power at the present time.

With the help of  a $5 mil grant this new university department is expected to develop a cheaper alternative battery ,that is hoped will bring down the cost of the Ford Car Batteries and the Ford electric cars.

More reading…http://www.ur.umich.edu/update/archives/131015/battery

Eric Roberts

Pellon Tyre and Auto-centre offer car and van servicing and repairs to all makes of vehicles. We are members of Unipart Car Care centres and give a nationwide guarantee for all our work and parts. We also sell Cheap Hankook Tyres online from our website  by using the tyre selector and choosing your tyre size. We offer courtesy cars to local motorists who need to go to work and leave their car with us for work doing. We are also an official MOT testing station and are members of Motor-codes, who carry out checks for high standard of equipment and workmanship.

 

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