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The principal consumption of lead is for lead-acid batteries which are used in: vehicles (SLI Batteries), stand-by applications (e.g. UPS, Telecom, Oil & Gas, Emergency Lighting, Renewable Energy), as well as in industrial batteries found in forklift trucks (motive power batteries). Lead is also used in compounds in the glass and plastics industries and for …View full post
Authors: Spyros Voutetakis (1), Chrysovalantou Ziogou (1), Dimitris Ipsakis (1), Fotis Stergiopoulos (1,3), Simira Papadopoulou (1,3), Costas Elmasides (2) Chemical Process Engineering Research Institute (C.P.E.R.I.), Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CE.R.T.H.), P.O. Box 60361, 57001, Thessaloniki, Greece Systems Sunlight S.A., Neo Olvio, 67200 Xanthi, Greece Department of Automation, Alexander Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki (ATEITH), P.O. Box …View full post
Frost & Sullivan has just completed a New Mega Trends analysis to provide companies with the tools to not only identify and evaluate these game-changing trends, but also to translate them into market opportunities for everyday business and personal activities. These Mega Trends include: e-Mobility – By 2020, we will have globally over 45 million …View full post
The 2012 theme for World Environment Day is Green Economy: Does it include you? The UN Environment Programme defines the Green Economy as one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. In its simplest expression, a green economy can be thought of as one which is low …View full post
Lead is one of the most sustainable raw materials on the planet. Recycling is more energy-efficient than mining and smelting new lead. The lead from a dead battery can be refined into new alloy over and over again making much better use of existing resources. Its sustainability is unmatched and serves as a buffer to raw material price fluctuations that could compromise the practicality of commercial use. The supply of lead is not dependent on one dominating international source, unlike material used in some other forms of energy power storage.
The process begins with the used battery being broken apart with a machine that hammers the it into many pieces. The pieces are placed into a vat, where lighter plastic floats and all other materials sink to the bottom. The pieces are separated into three parts, the plastic, lead, and battery acid. The polypropylene plastic bits are washed and dried, then sent to a plant to be melted and formed into pellets, which are sold to battery manufacturers for use in new batteries. The lead parts are heated in a furnace until molten. Impurities in the lead float to the top and are removed. The remaining lead is sent to manufacturers for use in new batteries. Old battery acids are treated with a base solution that neutralizes them and turns the acid into water that is tested for safety, then reused. A small portion of the acid is processed into sodium sulfate, used in many manufacturing processes, in glass and in laundry soaps.
Dear Valued Partners,
We would like to inform you that SYSTEMS SUNLIGHT S.A. Headquarters will be relocated to new premises on February 25th, 2013.
New address: 2 Ermou & Nikis Street, Syntagma Square, 105 63 Athens, Attica, Greece
We apologize for any inconvenience and truly appreciate your kind understanding in advance.
The SUNLIGHT Team
The metal, lead, makes the world go round. From cars and airplanes to speeding bullets and tall buildings this element is found everywhere in our world. Learn more about the properties of lead on Discovery Channel’s “HowStuffWorks” show.