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ILAB 2014 Workshop Opens Doors for Further Innovation
 
With positive responses from all over the battery R&D community, the ALABC is announcing the successful launch of the first purely technical battery workshop in North America and the opening of continuous dialog to further advance lead-acid technology for current and future market opportunities. More than 60 technical and scientific delegates from across the industry gathered in Durham, NC, last month to discuss recent advancements in lead battery technology at the Innovations in Lead Acid Batteries (ILAB) 2014 Workshop hosted and organized by the ALABC. The three-day workshop featured 24 presentations, with topics ranging from the mechanism of the carbon effect and battery monitoring/management systems to recent and novel designs for both automotive and stationary energy storage applications. Each session included a brainstorming effort in which attendees discussed the presentations and proposed ideas for further research, many of which will help structure the next ALABC R&D program in 2016.

On the day before the workshop, the ALABC hosted a meeting of select battery experts to discuss open issues and how the Consortium should continue guiding fundamental R&D efforts under its next program. The meeting explored how the industry should meet performance requirements at partial state-of-charge and high-rate pulse cycling for current and future applications, and touched on several pertinent topics including: the effects of carbon additives, negative grid and active mass microstructure, the effect of fast charge pulses, and the importance of the electrolyte design.

With the outstanding success of this event, the ALABC is looking at expanding its efforts to produce similar workshops next year – one in North America and one in Europe – to further the fundamental research interests of the battery industry.

ILAB attendees can still view and comment on various presentations at the ILAB attendee web portal (password required). For more information on the ILAB event, visit the ALABC's ILAB webpage, or contact the ALABC offices.

Advanced Battery Concepts Receives Honor for Clean Technology Advances
ALABC Member Advanced Battery Concepts was recently recognized by the Global Cleantech Cluster Association (GCCA) as one of the Top 10 companies in the world making significant advances in the field of clean technology in 2014. The Michigan-based company won the 2014 award for Best Smart Grid application based upon its production of the world's first large-format, bipolar, sealed AGM, valve-regulated lead-acid battery. The annual Later Stage Awards recognize companies from 10 specialist sectors including biofuels, transportation and waste management, whose work supports the acceleration of clean technology adoption on the world stage. GCCA had to evaluate submissions from more than 10,000 eligible businesses before narrowing the list to the final 10.


Industry Calls for Extension of Lead Battery Exemption from EU ELV Directive
The European automotive and automotive battery industries recently asked the European Unions to continue allowing the use of lead-based batteries in vehicles because of how essential they are to the needs of future cars. The recommendation by EUROBAT, the European, Japanese and Korean car industry associations (ACEA, JAMA and KAMA) and the International Lead Association (ILA) is based on a series of studies on the technical benefits of lead-based batteries and their sustainability, which includes their 99% recycling rate in Europe and the general availability of the natural resources used to make up the battery. The comments are part of a formal submission made by the industry group to EU regulators who concluded the public consultation phase of the review of the End of Life Vehicle (ELV) Directive recently. The industry representatives recommended that the exemption for lead-based batteries within the ELV Directive’s wider ban on lead in light-duty vehicles is maintained for at least another eight years.

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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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