The energy storage market is expanding rapidly world-wide due to its potential to mitigate carbon dioxide emissions and deliver unique utility to society in combination with new and altered devices, vehicles and systems. In new and deeper applications across the globe, batteries are saving fuel and energy, or even providing energy in combination with renewable power generation where electricity did not exist before. In no small way, energy-storage devices or batteries are changing the world. Nevertheless, all the press and most of the government incentives are favouring lithium batteries. Lithium batteries will claim a deserved and notable part of this growing market, the portion of which is dependent on the management of the safety, cost and effective end-of-life management of their systems. Yet, nowhere can those who are seeking a more sustainable future find a technology that is as capable of efficient handling as lead-based batteries, and where also real further advancements are on the horizon. A review will be given of the pathways by which lead-based batteries will progress closer to their potential share of the growing energy-storage market.

Ray Kubis
Eco-Bat Technologies Ltd.
President & Managing Director

Biography: Ray is the President of EcoBat Technologies - the largest lead producer and recycler in the world. EcoBat produces about 800,000 metric tons of lead per year, and is also a leading developer of advanced alloys and high purity and performance soft lead from recycled materials.

Prior to joining EcoBat two year ago, Ray developed and led multiple battery companies worldwide in his career over the past 30+ years.

Ray’ s career was split about 50/50 in the automotive industrial battery fields. He was based in Europe for 17 years while leading the Hawker, then EnerSys’ Europe, the Middle East and Africa on business through 2012. Before moving to Europe, Ray worked in the US with Johnson Controls and Exide Technologies.

Ray now lives in the US in Dallas Tx with his wife Margie.

Ray graduated from the University of Illinois and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

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