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New ALABC Program Attracts More Members
 
One year into its 2013-2015 R&D program, the ALABC has attracted several new companies to its membership roster, reaching an all-time high of 71 companies. The consortium is also looking to build upon that number over the coming months as several other potential members have expressed an interest in joining and will be meeting with ALABC representatives at upcoming events such as the 15th Asian Battery Conference (15ABC) in Singapore and The Battery Show 2013 in Novi, Michigan (USA).

Since January 2013, the ALABC welcomed several battery component suppliers/manufacturers, including: Abertax of Paola, Malta; Atomized Products of Garland, Texas (USA); CEMT of Nanjing, China; Kennametal of Latrobe, Pennsylvania (USA); TDA Research of Wheat Ridge, Colorado (USA); and WaveTech of Rheinbach, Germany.

In the area of battery manufacturing, the consortium reached into the Asian sector to secure commitments from NED Energy of Hyderabad, India, and Chinese companies Leoch (which also has facilities in the U.S.) and Guangdong Dynavolt.

As carbon additives continue to be a major focus of the consortium’s R&D efforts, the ALABC added earlier this year Orion Carbons of Hanau, Germany, to its growing list of carbon producer members.

Long-time ALABC member Ecotality North America, a leader in electric transportation technologies, recently generated a new technologies group – Electric Applications Incorporated – and they have joined the membership, as well.

The ALABC also has courted some of the world’s most renowned research institutions over the past several years, and for this current iteration, the consortium has reached membership agreements with two of Germany’s finest: The Fraunhoffer Institute in Wurzburg and ISEA / RWTH at Aachen University.

Several of these companies will be active in submitting project proposals, evaluating and executing new and current projects, and participating in the consortium’s Technical, Steering and Public Affairs & Marketing (PAM) committees. Look for more information about these and other new members in upcoming issues of Keeping Pace, or visit the membership listing on the ALABC website at www.alabc.org/about.
 
 
 
 
 
 
A long-time participant in the ALABC R&D program, EnerSys® is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and distributors of reserve power and motive batteries, chargers, power equipment, and battery accessories for industrial applications. Their products are widely used in applications from electric forklift trucks and other commercial electric powered vehicles to telecommunications and utility backup, uninterruptible power supplies, and aerospace and defense systems. Based in Reading, Pennsylvania (USA), with regional offices in Europe and Asia, EnerSys also provides aftermarket and customer support services to its customers from over 100 countries through its sales and manufacturing locations around the world.
 
EnerSys recently marked its entrance into the large-scale energy storage market by opening a new OptiGrid™ Stored Energy Solutions customer showcase in South Burlington, Vermont. The OptiGrid system is a flexible, turnkey, capacity optimization system for large-scale utility and industrial applications that offers compliance assistance with Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rules and provides grid stabilization by regulating voltage, frequency and ramp control.
 
With its new OptiGrid storage optimization system and enhanced network in the industrial energy storage arena, EnerSys is well-positioned to be a key player in the utility, motive and reserve power supply markets and an active ALABC member for years to come.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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