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Meetings in Paris Highlight ALABC’s Past, Present and Future
 
The ALABC enjoyed high visibility last month at the 13th European Lead Battery Conference (13ELBC) in Paris, as the consortium celebrated 20 years of past accomplishments, reviewed current projects, and opened the door for a future research program. From the Members and Contractors annual meeting and 20th anniversary dinner to the LC Super Hybrid exhibit and subsequent presentations, ALABC staff and members were clearly active at the Paris event, touting the success of the consortium and the impact it has had on the lead battery industry.
 
2012 M&C Meeting Reviews Progress, Opens Discussion for New Program
The consortium’s Members and Contractors annual meeting held prior to the start of 13ELBC was one of the most highly-anticipated and well-attended meetings in recent memory. A record number of 83 attendees gathered for several presentations on current work, as well as a discussion on the focus of the upcoming 2013-15 research program. For an overview of the presentations and topics discussed at the Members and Contractors conference, please visit the ALABC M&C Overview page. Members can access the full presentations by logging into the members section of the website and clicking on “Meetings and Conferences” to the left of the page.
 
Some of the proposed areas of focus for the 2013-15 research program included: a 48-V LC Super Hybrid, a partnership with the natural gas industry on an NG Super Hybrid, optimized batteries for photovoltaic systems, UltraBatteries for electric bikes and other vehicles, advanced batteries for elevated temperatures and frequent interruption, deployment of lead carbon batteries for port cranes, optimized battery designs for higher specific energy and power and other applications, continuing study on effects of carbon on battery performance, and cell modeling. The discussion also opened the door for further project ideas, and several members have already submitted proposals for the upcoming program. For more information on the proposal process, contact Boris Monahov at bmonahov@ilzro.org or Anita Wright at awright@ilzro.org.
 
ALABC Participates in DCA Workshop
Just prior to the start of the conference, ALABC members and management took part in a special workshop to discuss the issues surrounding the increasing requirements for Dynamic Charge Acceptance (DCA) for lead-acid batteries used in micro-hybrid electric vehicles. This meeting was chaired by Geoffrey May of Focus Consulting on behalf of ILA and took the format of an introduction to the subject by four distinguished speakers followed by an open discussion. For an overview of the discussion, please visit the ALABC's DCA Workshop overview page.
 
 
Consortium Celebrates 20 Years of Success
Following the first day of the M&C meeting, the ALABC held a 20th anniversary dinner to celebrate with old friends, honor pioneers of the consortium’s early days, and acknowledge those who carried the torch forward over the past two decades. Current ALABC president David Wilson handled introductions, technical chairman David Prengaman emceed the event, and several key individuals addressed the assembly, including: former ALABC program managers Bob Nelson and David Rand, former ILZRO president Jerry Cole, and ALABC President Emeritus Pat Moseley. The speakers discussed everything from the struggles of initiating the program in 1992 to the achievements during the following years. For those who have memories of the ALABC and wish to share them on the consortium’s website, please email Boris Monahov at bmonahov@ilzro.org or Chip Bremer at cbremer@ilzro.org.
 
ALABC Well-Represented in ELBC Program
The three-day ELBC program included presentations that were particularly relevant for industry representatives, and several of them were either directly related to ALABC research or presented by ALABC members. Two of the presentations involved ALABC demonstration vehicles: Allan Cooper discussed the system of the LC Super Hybrid, and representatives of Ecotality North America and East Penn Manufacturing discussed the UltraBattery-retrofitted Honda Civic HEV. Several other ALABC members provided informational presentations on topics ranging from carbon-enhanced designs to batteries for renewable energy systems. Other presentations provided by ALABC partners drew particular interest, like AVL’s discussion on the possibility of a 100 MPG automotive system. For additional information on ELBC presentations, visit the ELBC website at http://www.ila-lead.org/conferences.
 
LC Super Hybrid Display Continues to Garner Interest
The ALABC’s display at ELBC was one of the busiest areas in the event’s exhibit hall mainly due to the presence of the LC Super Hybrid. As the only demonstration vehicle on display at ELBC, the LC Super Hybrid drew visitors seeking more information from earlier presentations on micro-hybrid systems. Several ALABC representatives, including Allan Cooper, Provector’s Mike Kellaway and a handful of PAM committee members, were on hand to take questions from and discuss the vehicle with conference attendees and other visitors. Following the event, the LC Super Hybrid was prepared for its trip overseas where it will be on display at The Battery Show in Detroit, Nov. 13-16.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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