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March 2016
ILA and ALABC to Engage Industry Partners at 2016 Events
The International Lead Association (ILA) in partnership with the Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC) will be promoting the Consortium and its activities at key events in North America and Europe over the coming months.

As part of these efforts, the organizations will be promoting advanced lead-carbon battery technology as an effective means of meeting automotive emission requirements and presenting the latest data from ALABC’s demonstration vehicle projects that indicate target CO2 reductions of 15%-20%.

Here are some brief notes regarding these upcoming events:

April 25-27 in Detroit, MI (USA)

ALABC will be presenting the latest test results from the Consortium’s 48V lead-carbon demonstration vehicles. This event will bring together automotive industry leaders to discuss how to optimize 12V power supply systems and assess the future of 48V power supply systems. ALABC has also negotiated a special 20% discount on registration rates for member companies. To receive this discount, contact Chip Bremer at

May 1-3 in San Antonio, TX (USA)

More than 600 delegates from the battery arena, including industry leaders and decision makers from the world's largest battery organizations, will be represented at the 128th Annual Battery Council International Annual Convention. Several members of ALABC and ILA will be on hand (especially for the May 4 ALABC meetings), and both organizations will be exhibiting at the PowerMart Expo on May 2.

June 13-17 in Detroit, MI (USA)

ALABC and ILA representatives will join international thought leaders and battery technologists from major automakers and their suppliers to discuss key issues impacting advanced vehicles and the batteries that will power them. ALABC’s Boris Monahov and Allan Cooper and ILA’s Alistair Davidson will have presentations during the conference, and ALABC will have a booth at the event’s exhibition. ALABC has also negotiated a special 15% registration discount for members. (PLEASE NOTE: This discount is valid on new registrations only and cannot be combined with other discounts or special offers. It is also not valid on conference tutorials.)

September 13-16 in Valletta, Malta

Hosted by ILA, this bi-annual event for the worldwide lead and lead battery industries to review and discuss the most recent technical advances associated with lead batteries, especially for automotive and renewable energy storage applications. It will also be the site of the ALABC Members & Contractors Meeting and the ALABC Fall General Assembly Meeting. Registration is now open and sponsorship opportunities are still available.


ALABC General Assembly Meeting May 4 at BCI
ALABC’s Spring General Assembly meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at the BCI Annual Convention, in San Antonio, TX (USA).

PLEASE NOTE: This event is open only to ILA and ALABC member companies.

Further information, including meeting location and other notes, may be found by logging into the ALABC Members Website.

Consortium, Members Among Finalists for Innovation Award
ALABC is among several finalists for the inaugural Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Innovation Award, which will be presented at the BCI Annual Convention in San Antonio. The Consortium will be considered for its body of work on carbon additives in VRLA batteries. Among other company submissions for the award are ALABC members Abertax Technologies, Advanced Battery Concepts, Black Diamond Structures, Hammond Group, Highwater Innovations and NorthStar Battery Company.

ALABC/ILA Delegation Meets with Chinese Battery Producers
A delegation from ALABC and ILA has recently visited Hangzhou in the Zhejiang province of China to brief the battery manufacturers on the 2016-2018 research program, discuss changes to the organization, and hear from Chinese ALABC members on recent research. The delegation, consisting of ILA’s Andy Bush and Alistair Davidson and ALABC Program Manager, Boris Monahov, attended a meeting hosted by Tianneng Power with more than 60 delegates, and also took the opportunity to visit the plants of ALABC members, Chaowei Power, China Shoto (Shuangdeng Group), Narada Power Source, and Tianneng Power.

The visits provided opportunities for further discussion on project proposals and the 2016-2018 Program. The event proved to be a success with the prospect that it could be repeated on an annual basis.

Exide, Aachen University Partner in Large-Scale Battery System
ALABC members Exide Technologies and RWTH Aachen University in Germany are partnering with E.ON Energy Research Center and SMA Solar Technology to build a unique large-scale lead battery system that could represent an important building block for the expansion of renewable energies across the globe. The system, which is being constructed on the grounds of RWTH Aachen University, will provide stability for the emerging renewable arena and open up a broad range of applications in the field. What makes M5BAT distinctive is its modularity, which enables it to optimally combine a variety of battery technologies, including lead-acid, for optimum discharge. The planned power class of 5 MW and the high level of modularity – whereby different battery technologies are combined with one another – make the so-called “M5BAT” (Modular Multi-megawatt, Multi-technology Medium-Voltage Battery Storage System) a world-first.

For more information, visit the M5BAT website.

Axion Power Providing ESS for Mobile Application, Power Interconnection
ALABC member Axion Power announced recently it is partnering with the Tennessee office of France-based Schneider Electric and Chattanooga, TN-based Tennessee Solar Solutions to install an off-grid energy system, utilizing solar panels, lead-carbon battery storage, and power electronics, to power a mobile sustainability lab. The mobile lab, developed by Urban Green Lab, will serve as an educational platform to bring green education workshops to area schools, businesses and other public events on topics such as renewable energy and other sustainability initiatives.

The announcement comes on the heels of Axion’s update of the PJM interconnection project, for which it is supplying power generation/transmission by way of its patented lead-carbon PbC® battery technology. The project is currently wrapping up its feasibility study phase and is initiating an impact study for the PJM system.

The Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium
1822 NC Highway 54E, Suite 120, Durham, North Carolina 27713 USA
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