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ALABC Exhibits 48V Lead Carbon Vehicles at AABC in Germany
In an effort to demonstrate the viability of lead-carbon batteries in 48-volt automotive architectures, the Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium showcased three hybrid electric concept vehicles at the Advanced Automotive Battery Conference (AABC Europe 2015) held at the Rheingoldhalle in Mainz, Germany, January 26-29. The cars, two of which were produced in association with major OEMs (Ford and Hyundai/Kia), exhibit substantial environmental and fuel-efficient benefits through low-cost hybridization while using advanced 48V lead-carbon batteries for performance enhancement and 12V SLI batteries for the hotel loads. The display featured the Consortium’s 48V version of the LC SuperHybrid, the 48V Kia Optima T-Hybrid, and the 48V ADEPT (Advanced Diesel Electric Powertain – based on a Ford Focus). Representatives from ALABC and project partners Controlled Power Technologies (CPT) and Valeo were present to promote the technology, and AVL Schrick’s Ulf Stenzel provided during the conference session an overview of the battery and powertrain systems used in the 48V Optima T-Hybrid. Representatives of East Penn Manufacturing were also on hand to display their latest UltraBattery design at the ALABC stand.


ALABC Announces Plans for ILAB-Europe in April
On the heels of its successful ILAB (Innovations in Lead Acid Batteries) Workshop in North America (Durham, NC) last November, the ALABC has announced plans to organize a European ILAB Workshop (ILAB-E 2015) April 15-17 co-organized and hosted by the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research (ISC) in Würzburg, Germany. Like its North American predecessor, ILAB-Europe seeks to bring together battery producers, engineers, researchers and academics to discuss the needs of the industry, current and future research and engineering possibilities, and the potential focus of future battery research programs. Attendance is open to ALABC members and invited guests, and an online registration system will be set up later this month for those wishing to participate. For registration information, contact the ALABC offices, or email Anita Wright at awright@ilzro.org.


Energy Power Systems Announces New High-Volume Manufacturing Facility
ALABC member Energy Power Systems recently announced that it is establishing a high-volume manufacturing facility in Pontiac, Michigan, to produce high-performance lead-acid batteries for a variety of applications. The 150,000 square-foot facility, which is expected to begin commercial scale production in early 2016, will allow EPS to apply their proprietary technology to energy storage systems for start-stop systems and micro-hybrid vehicles; utility-scale distributed energy storage; renewable energy integration; and fast-charging infrastructure for electric propulsion vehicles.

Click here to read the full press release.


Battery Diversity among Top Emerging Issues for New U.S. Congress
The latest edition of ALABC’s U.S. Battery Policy Blog by John Howes discusses how lead-acid batteries may now find their way into the DOE’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) program because of recent initiatives by the newly-elected U.S. Congress. Apparently, the elected body is now telling DOE that it needs to continue diversifying its research into areas beyond lithium-ion, which explains why the ALABC has been invited to develop a new relationship with the DOE’s U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC).


Motor Magazine Highlights ALABC in Article on Developing Automotive Technology

Mike Dale of Motor Magazine recently wrote an extensive article under the January issue’s Eye on Electronics section in which he highlights several contributions – including those of ALABC – to the ever-changing landscape of automotive technology. The article focuses on the prospects of mild-hybrid automotive systems and the benefits of using lead-carbon batteries in high-rate partial state-of-charge operation under mild-hybrid architectures. It also mentions early work on the UltraBattery, the developments of ALABC member Axion Power, and the prospects of these new technologies meeting the needs of tomorrow’s automotive industry.


ILA: ALABC Takes the Industry into New Frontiers of Research

The International Lead Association recently highlighted an article from the latest issue of Battery & Energy Storage Technology (BEST) Magazine that features an interview with ALABC Chairman Tim Ellis of RSR discussing recent accomplishments and the Consortium’s direction for the future. The interview was a follow-up to the reports from the ALABC’s Members & Contractors Conference in September where the Consortium revealed its technical roadmap for 2016 and beyond. Another article on the report was featured in the Fall 2014 issue of Batteries International.


Axion’s David DiGiacinto
It is with heartfelt sadness that we mourn the passing of Axion Chairman and CEO David DiGiacinto, who passed away unexpectedly Jan. 25. DiGiacinto was known for fostering Axion’s corporate direction with vitality and unique vision, and will always be remembered for his positive attitude and “can-do” spirit. He was well-respected within the industry, and he will be greatly missed.

Click here to view Axion's announcement.


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