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ILAand ALABC to Energize Lead Battery Industry at 16ABC in Bangkok
The International Lead Association and Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium will be working to promote lead battery research and innovation at the 16th Asian Battery Conference (16ABC) September 8-11 at the Centara Grand Convention Center in Bangkok, Thailand. Both organizations will be well-represented with presentations throughout the conference and a joint display in the conference exhibit hall.

In addition, industry representatives are invited to attend the ALABC Members & Contractors Meeting on Sept 8 to learn more about the Consortium’s new 2016-18 R&D program and its planned collaboration with ILA.


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JCI to Extend AGM Capacity to Meet Start-Stop Demand
In an effort to meet the growing demand for more fuel-efficient and sustainable automotive technologies, Johnson Controls is expanding production capacity for its advanced lead-acid absorbent glass mat (AGM) batteries for start-stop vehicles. The company announced this month that it will increase the capacity in its Toledo, OH, plant, bringing the overall invested amount to $130 million. It also announced an investment agreement for a $200 million state-of-the-art plant in Shenyang, the capital city of Liaoning Province in China, with the capacity to produce 6 million start-stop batteries a year. These announcements follow recent forecasts of up to 9 million start-stop vehicles on the road by 2020 and a report from Navigant Research that, by 2024, 90 percent of light-duty start-stop vehicles offered globally will feature lead batteries.


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Black Diamond Execs Receive “Inventor of the Year” Award for Nanomaterial Product
Board members Kurt Swogger and Dr. Clive Bosnyak of ALABC member Black Diamond Structures recently received the “Inventor of the Year” award from the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association for the company’s proprietary Molecular Rebar® nanomaterial for lead batteries. Molecular Rebar® are highly-functionalized carbon nanotubes (CNTs) that are free from catalysts and waste matter, and can significantly enhance mechanical, physical, transport and electromagnetic properties of a variety of products, especially lead-acid batteries. Black Diamond Structures is currently working with manufacturers of lead-acid batteries across the globe to enhance performance utilizing this technology.


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The Potential Impact of USEPA's Clean Power Plan on Energy Storage
The latest edition of ALABC’s U.S. Battery Policy Blog by John Howes provides an overview of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan and how it will affect the energy storage market. Under the plan, America’s electric power generated by renewables would grow from the present 10 percent to about 27 percent by 2040, and batteries would be needed to support this expected growth. The article describes in detail the economic and political impact, as well as the opportunities for the energy storage sector.

ILA sets out lead sustainability credentials in recent journal article

In a paper in the current issue of the International Journal of Metallurgy, ILA sets out the benefits and environmental sustainability credentials that lead and lead batteries bring to society. The paper uses the results of three lifecycle analysis (LCA) studies, two commissioned by ILA, to describe the environmental footprint of lead production and that of the lead battery (representing over 90% of refined lead use).

Evidence is provided that demonstrates that the 99% collection and recycling rate of lead batteries in the industrialized world plays a significant role in reducing the environmental impact of this product. The data presented also illustrates that use of advanced technology lead batteries in start-stop and micro-hybrid applications results in significant environmental benefits in terms of reduced CO2 emissions over the lifetime of a vehicle that dwarfs battery manufacturing life cycle impacts.

The Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium
1822 NC Highway 54E, Suite 120, Durham, North Carolina 27713 USA
Tel: 919-361-4647 | Fax: 919-361-1957 | www.alabc.org

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