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Allan Cooper offers AABC attendees a closer look at the LC Super Hybrid.
ALABC Draws Attention at AABC in Mainz
The lead-acid industry was well represented last month at the 2012 Advanced Automotive Battery Conference Europe (AABC Europe 2012) in Mainz, Germany, and ALABC representatives were on hand to discuss and demonstrate the latest advances in lead-acid technology. Consortium Program Manager Dr. Boris Monahov and European ALABC Projects Coordinator Allan Cooper, along with Mike Kellaway of Provector and Paul Bloore of Controlled Power Technologies (CPT), provided a wealth of information to interested attendees in the lobby near the conference exhibit hall where the LC Super Hybrid demonstration vehicle was on display.
Several international researchers and industry representatives showed a high level of interest in the LC Super Hybrid, which is based on a 1.4L TDI Volkswagen Passat and represents the latest partnership of ALABC and other major automotive industry suppliers like CPT, AVL Schrick, Provector and Valeo. ALABC representatives fielded questions from “does it have only lead-acid batteries?” to “is this everything you changed in order to get these outstanding results?” to “what are the car makers saying to this?” and everything in between. As several visitors appeared genuinely impressed by the work of the ALABC program, many of them expressed interest in working with the consortium in the LC Super Hybrid project or other related fields.
The conference itself drew representatives from all over the industry to examine the rapidly expanding advanced automotive battery market with a particular focus on the activities and needs of European automakers. Presentations from AAB President Dr. Menahem Anderman on market development for EVs and advanced batteries, Renault’s Bertrand Largy on battery pack engineering in automotive applications, John German of the International Council for Clean Transportation on the advantages and future outlook of hybrid vs. diesel vehicles, and several others were met with strong interest by conference attendees. And while attendees were drawn to a wide variety of topics relating to lithium-ion, nickel metal hydride, and nickel-zinc batteries as well as ultra-capacitors, another session that was well-received was the one on “Energy Storage for Micro-Hybrids” chaired by Ford Research Aachen technical expert Dr. Eckhard Karden.
Dr. Karden’s presentation covered the requirements for the next generation of micro-hybrid batteries, discussing the various generator and storage systems and illustrating examples of increasing demands regarding dynamic charge acceptance (DCA), as well as test results for various lead-acid battery technologies. Masaaki Hosokawa of GS Yuasa followed with a presentation on enhanced flooded lead-acid batteries for micro-hybrids in Japan, discussing how optimization of the active material, grid design and electrolyte has significantly improved battery durability and charge acceptance. Then, Eberhard Meissner of Johnson Controls provided a discussion on lead-acid batteries in vehicles with various 12/14V start-stop technologies, covering the benefits of flooded and AGM batteries operating in micro-hybrid systems.
For further information on the conference, visit the AABC virtual press room at
Strong Potential for Lead-Acid Batteries in Grid Storage Can Emerge in US DOE and FERC Activities
According to the most recent edition of the ALABC’s U.S. Battery Policy Blog, significant opportunities are emerging for the lead-acid industry to serve the nation’s electrical grid storage needs. One is a U.S. Department of Energy forum (in which the ALABC has been invited to participate) to develop new protocols that would allow energy storage providers and users to evaluate various storage technologies. Another lies in the efforts of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to broaden its efforts to ensure energy storage providers are properly compensated in a highly-complex electric power ratemaking structure. This latest blog entry discusses the current variables affecting each and the potential impact on the lead-acid battery industry.
Exide Technologies is one of the world’s largest producers and recyclers of lead-acid batteries, with operations in more than 80 countries and a comprehensive range of stored electrical energy products and services. The company provides energy storage solutions for transportation applications, from original-equipment and aftermarket automotive to new technologies for hybrid electric vehicles, as well as a number of industrial markets, from telecommunications and uninterruptible power supply (UPS) systems to motive-power applications including lift trucks and other commercial vehicles.
Exide Technologies has been an ALABC member since 2003. Since then, the company has been engaged in several major projects, all of them focused on the development of the lead-acid battery for the new emerging applications of hybrid vehicles. One of these projects, which studied the effect of carbon additives on the negative plate performance in spiral-wound VRLA batteries, resulted in the development of a unique lead carbon battery for high-rate partial state-of-charge (HRPSoC) applications.
Today, Exide is one of the leading producers of spiral wound AGM (absorptive glass mat) batteries. These batteries are the primary power source in the much-publicized LC Super Hybrid demonstration vehicle developed by ALABC and Controlled Power Technologies in cooperation with AVL Schrick, Valeo, Mubea, and Provector. For more information on Exide Technologies, visit

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