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ALABC Membership Reaches 80 Industry Partners
As the ALABC continues preparations for its 2016-2018 R&D program, the Consortium’s membership for the current 2013-15 program has reached 80 companies and research institutions. The recent additions of Chinese battery producers Chaowei Power and Tianneng Power and U.S. carbon nanomaterial producer Black Diamond Structures give the ALABC its largest membership in 23 years of operation. Chaowei (which produces the brand name Chilwee Batteries) and Tianneng are two of China’s leading producers of lead-acid batteries for electric vehicles (including e-bikes) and motive power applications. Black Diamond Structures specializes in the production of a breakthrough form of modified carbon nanotubes (CNT’s), called Molecular Rebar®, and brings significant expertise in this area. More information on these companies will be available in the coming months.

Members Reminder: Steering and PAM Committee Meetings
The ALABC will be holding a pair of important membership meetings at the BCI Annual Convention in Savannah, GA, in May. There will be a meeting of the ALABC Steering Committee on Wednesday, May 6, at 9:00 AM EST, and a meeting of the Public Affairs & Marketing (PAM) Committee on Tuesday, May 5, at 12:00 PM EST. If you are an ALABC member and wish to attend either meeting, please contact the ALABC offices, or email Anita Wright at

Narada Continues ALABC Work on Lead Carbon Batteries for Port Cranes
ALABC member Narada Power Source is entering into the last phase of the Consortium’s first Chinese project with strongly encouraging results. The project (1315 STD1) aims to improve charge acceptance and suppress plate sulfation using various types and combinations of carbon additives and manage heat distribution and state-of-charge with a dedicated battery management system. The overall goal is to improve the service life of a VRLA battery for high-rate energy storage and supply in RTG (rubber-tiered gantry) port cranes and building elevators.

Early tests have determined that a battery-supported hybrid RTG crane would result in a 40-50% reduction in overall direct energy consumption, and similar energy savings could be achieved with an energy recovery battery system in elevators/lifts. With this in mind, the market potential for an extended life lead carbon battery is significant in China, as there are more than 3000 RTG cranes alone in the main Chinese seaports and about 2 million building elevators with an annual growth rate of 20 percent.

Under ALABC funding, Narada has conducted extensive research on: carbon-added paste properties and mixing; evaluation and selection of carbon materials; the influence of carbon additives on plate performance; and the importance of charge strategy, electrolyte density and state-of-charge level. Aside from the direct benefits for the market application, the information gained from this project is highly valuable for researchers and engineers developing advanced lead batteries for high-rate partial state-of-charge operation and will eventually alleviate the need for further studies in this area.

ALABC Members can view project results on the Consortium's member site.

ALABC Submits Congressional Testimony for Advanced Lead Battery R&D for FY2016
The latest edition of ALABC’s U.S. Battery Policy Blog features recent congressional testimony by the ALABC presenting the case for inclusion of more advanced lead battery technology in the US Department of Energy’s basic science and advanced battery research and development programs for the proposed Fiscal Year 2016 budget. The testimony, submitted by ALABC Senior Policy Advisor and ALABC Program Manager Dr. Boris Monahov, supports the DOE’s proposed increase in the Basic Energy Sciences (BES) budget and the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (EERE) vehicle technologies program for the sake of considering more support for lead-acid battery innovation. The testimony includes some of the most recent successes driven by ALABC research and development, the advantages of the industry’s superior sustainability profile, and evidence that continued work can lead to the strengthening of the overall US energy storage industry in providing the most efficient and environmentally beneficial products.

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