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ALABC Invited to Participate in USABC Start-Stop Battery Tests
With the number of start-stop vehicles expected to enter the North American market over the next few years, and the potential of lead batteries to be a major factor in the development of that market, the U.S. Department of Energy recently encouraged the ALABC to participate in the initial start-stop battery testing program of the U.S. Advanced Battery Consortium (USABC). Co-funded by the DOE, this program will involve testing several different battery products in a confidential and non-identifiable manner over a period of 1.5 years.

Later this year, the USABC, a collaborative organization of the three major U.S. automakers (Ford, GM and Fiat-Chrysler), will run a group of specific tests based upon specific criteria relating to the performance of start-stop 12V batteries. The results will be provided without identifying the batteries, and no specific product information will be revealed without consent of the producer. The first phase of the program will identify performance gaps, and the second phase is expected to examine solutions for closing those gaps.

Lead-acid battery testing will be conducted by ALABC member Electric Applications Incorporated (EAI) in Phoenix in partnership with the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), a major partner of the DOE in these types of tests. All participants are required to send multiple units for testing, as each test requires 15 batteries of each type.

For each battery producer member, the ALABC will sign individual contracts stipulating how the batteries will be tested and ensuring the confidentiality of proprietary product information.

The ALABC has already invited its battery producer members to participate in the program by sending their potentially-matching products to EAI, and four types of lead-acid batteries have already been delivered for testing.

The Consortium is currently encouraging more of its battery producer members to participate. If you are interested in participating, please contact Anita Wright at awright@ilzro.org.

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Consortium Prepares for Major Events in September
The ALABC is preparing for one of its most significant events in recent years when it hosts its annual Members & Contractors meeting and Fall Steering Committee meeting on September 8 just prior to the 16th Asian Battery Conference (16ABC) in Bangkok, Thailand. The meetings will mark the Consortium’s introduction of the 2016-18 research program, which is expected to be the first under the new partnership with the International Lead Association (ILA).

The Members & Contractors meeting is open to all current and prospective members and project contractors of the ALABC, and will include presentations on some of the new and ongoing projects, as well as plans for the new R&D program. Immediately following, the Fall Steering Committee meeting (open only to members of the ALABC Steering Committee) will include discussions on the 2016-18 ALABC Prospectus (see previous issue) and other relevant materials and actions.

Meeting registration for the ALABC Members & Contractors meeting and Fall Steering Committee meeting will be available in mid-July. For further information about these meetings, please contact Anita Wright at awright@ilzro.org.

Registration and accommodation for 16ABC is separate from the ALABC meetings, and if you wish to access conference information, please visit the 16ABC website at 16abc.conferenceworks.com.au.
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The following week, the ALABC is planning a significant presence at The Battery Show 2015 in Novi, MI (USA), September 15-17, and its exhibit will feature the Consortium’s Natural Gas Hybrid Vehicle (NGHV) that has been operated by Electric Applications Incorporated in Phoenix, AZ. The ALABC will again partner with event producers for continued promotion of recent developments by the Consortium’s program and its membership in the areas advanced lead-acid and lead-carbon battery technology. The ALABC exhibit will be at booth #1847, and will feature the latest in ALABC and ILA displays and literature. More information regarding the Consortium’s participation in The Battery Show 2015 will be available soon.


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USEPA Figures Confirm Lead Batteries as Most Recycled Product in U.S.
A recent report by the Environmental Protection Agency has confirmed that lead batteries are the most recycled product in the U.S. at a rate of 99 percent. In the report entitled Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: 2013 Fact Sheet, the Agency provides findings from more than 30 years of collecting and reporting data on the generation and disposal of waste in the United States. As part of the report, the EPA compared recycling rates for a range of products and materials, and found lead batteries to be the most recovered product in the country. The 99% recycling rate leads other consumer products including: corrugated boxes (88.5%), steel cans (71%), newspapers/mechanical, papers (67%) and also aluminum cans (55%), tires (40.5%) and glass containers (34%).



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Political Dispute over Energy Spending in the U.S. Has Implications for Battery Research
The latest edition of ALABC’s U.S. Battery Policy Blog by John Howes provides an overview of the partisan political landscape that is affecting energy storage research and development programs at the U.S. Department of Energy, and its impact on the lead and lead battery industries. The article goes into detail regarding the congressional disputes over R&D funding and the differing thoughts on how the lead and lead battery industries should approach supporting either side of the debate. It also provides a rundown of the current legislation under consideration that would impact the ALABC and its member companies.

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