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July 2016

ALABC Recruiting Renowned Research Institutes

With several contributions from the scientific community to previous R&D projects, the Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium continues to recruit and partner with some of the world’s top material science and battery research institutions into its membership. Research entities from all ends of the globe are being courted to help facilitate valuable applied science research initiatives for the 2016-18 ALABC program, and some are already on board from the previous program.
Long-standing member, France’s Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) has contributed previously through its National Solar Energy Institute (INES) in project SPSoC1, and now maintains membership through the Electrochemical Storage section of its Laboratory of Innovation for New Energy Technologies and Nanomaterials (LITEN). Meanwhile both the Fraunhofer Institute for Silicate Research ISC in Wurzburg, Germany, and the Institute for Power Electronics and Electrical Drives (ISEA) at RWTH Aachen University continue to be strong partners and supporters of ALABC and its European ILAB workshop. The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University has helped the Consortium better understand the effects of different carbons on a battery’s negative plate in 1315 project RN1.
Other labs have made and continue to make significant contributions to advanced lead battery development. The electrochemical laboratory headed by Prof. Detchko Pavlov at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences has been involved in several recent projects revealing the mechanisms of active of carbon added to the negative plate and is currently studying the importance of electrolyte concentration on battery performance in the project 1315-RE1. The labs at CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific Industrial Research Organization) in Australia have always been one of the most active and well-contributing ALABC partners through the years, and were the birthplace of the UltraBattery®. The teams of the Technical University of Brno, Czech Republic, fulfilled a series of basic science studies in previous programs and are ready to continue in the 2016-18 program. Also, some of the ALABC’s automotive demonstration vehicles have been tested through both the University of Nottingham and University of Sheffield, as well as by automotive design firms Ricardo and AVL (Schrick), who also provided research and development of the vehicles.
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Chaowei Developing Innovative Lead Battery Designs

ALABC member and leading Chinese producer Chaowei Power (under the brand Chilwee Batteries) revealed to Battery Energy Storage and Technology Magazine recently a handful of innovative approaches to address some of the lead battery industry’s technological challenges from rival chemistries. According to the article, Chaowei’s most impressive application is one that incorporates graphene particles into the battery grid in an effort to significantly enhance performance. The company’s lead-graphene composite alloy is a novel concept that could be a game-changer for the industry. Other innovations include: a “Horizon type” battery with a radical plate structure for automotive applications; a high-discharge capacity lead battery with a high concentration of sulphuric acid; and an ultra-efficient “atomic-level economic recycling line” with a lead yield of 99.5%.

Exide Technologies Expands Fort Smith Operations for Naval Applications

Long-time ALABC member Exide Technologies recently announced a partnership with the U.S. Navy to expand operations at their Fort Smith, Arkansas facility, which produces a variety of industrial lead-acid batteries for the Navy’s nuclear submarines. This joint venture is funded by a $30.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense, and significantly expands the current 224,000-square-foot facility to boost production expectations. The Fort Smith line currently produces a variety of lead-acid batteries that serve a wide range of commercial applications, including energy storage and emergency AC/DC backup power deployed on naval nuclear submarines.
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Axion Power to Collaborate with China’s Fengfan on PbC Technology Assessment

As a result of the company’s recent activity in China, Axion Power will collaborate with leading battery producer Fengfan to assess the capabilities of Axion’s PbC® batteries and the possibility of commercializing the technology in greater China. Axion recently shipped a number of PbC® units to Fengfan's facility in Baoding, China for validation testing and will ship a number of its proprietary PbC® Negative Carbon Electrodes to Fengfan for prototype design and development study. Both members of the ALABC’s 2013-15 R&D program, Axion and Fengfan will work with investment firm LCB International on commercialization.
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