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ALABC Engages Industry Representatives at BCI Convention
The Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium made a concerted effort to reach out to member and non-member attendees at the 125th BCI Convention in Baltimore and to discuss current R&D activities and the need for further collaboration in several market areas, including 48-volt systems and energy storage applications.
Much of the discussion took place during the ALABC’s Spring Steering Committee meeting on the last day of the Convention with more than 40 member representatives in attendance. European projects coordinator Allan Cooper started by providing a presentation on the LC SuperHybrid projects, which included the successful promotion of the 12-volt demonstration vehicle and the progress of the 48-volt version that recently debuted in Vienna. Following the presentation, ALABC President David Wilson and Technical Committee Chairman David Prengaman engaged attendees in talks regarding the importance of the 48-volt market, why the industry needs to act, and how the ALABC can respond, especially with a successful exhibition at the upcoming Advanced Automotive Battery Conference in Strasbourg, France, next month.
A presentation by John Howes on lead-acid’s limited but currently available window of opportunity accentuated the point that the industry needs to boost its commitment to fighting for these current and emerging markets, especially in the U.S. where the Department of Energy may be seeking more cost-effective and reliable solutions for HEV development. David Wilson followed with a status update on the current End-of-Life Vehicles Directive in Europe that could significantly impact the lead-acid battery industry and the need for members to take it seriously. This prompted further discussion led by Wilson and Prengaman on soliciting membership for additional support for the ALABC program and how to better equip members to recruit other companies to the Consortium.
Program Manager Boris Monahov followed by presenting on the status of the new ALABC program, which will run from 2013-2015, and how participation continues to grow with 70+ members already in the fold. He also discussed recent achievements of ALABC R&D and current areas of focus for the new program, including additional projects for energy storage and battery development. Public Affairs & Marketing (PAM) Committee chairman John Likarish and ALABC Marketing & Communications manager Chip Bremer also provided an update on PAM activities, including further promotion of both vehicle demonstration projects and energy storage projects.
Earlier at the Convention, ALABC members attended several interesting presentations, including a market report by Avicenne Energy’s Christophe Pillot on hybrid and electric vehicles, which provided significant interest for the lead-acid battery industry in regard to the expected expansion of the start/stop market.
As part of the ALABC’s efforts to reach prospective members, the Consortium exhibited at the BCI Power Mart Trade Fair on the Convention’s first day, taking the opportunity to network with potential program participants and educate them on the benefits of ALABC membership. In addition, ALABC’s Chip Bremer presented to the BCI Marketing Committee later in the week to discuss current ALABC activities and solicit participation in the Consortium’s PAM activities from battery producer attendees.
The Convention also featured a meeting of the ALABC PAM Committee in which discussions centered on: promotion of the 48V LC Super Hybrid and the UltraBattery Honda Civic; upcoming events in Prague, Strasbourg, Singapore and Detroit; and the latest initiatives regarding communications activity among industry associations.
For further information on the ALABC Steering Committee meeting or other ALABC activities at the BCI Convention, please contact Anita Wright at
East Penn Introduces Breakthrough High-Temperature Battery
ALABC member East Penn Manufacturing recently announced the release of the Deka® Fahrenheit™, a revolutionary VRLA monobloc battery designed to survive in uncontrolled, high-temperature environments typical in telecommunication and other stationary applications.The battery’s exclusive design has demonstrated to last up to three times longer in high-heat applications than standard VRLA products at 60°C. This not only saves significant cost from reducing the need of expensive cooling systems, but also conserves the energy that powers these systems.

The innovative Deka Fahrenheit has integrated special features including a cutting-edge Thermal Management Technology System that features a new case and cover plastic formula, a Micro Catalyst, TempX Additive, and a Corrosion Inhibitor Alloy. The new plastic formula is a heat-resistant composite structure to optimize internal compression and enhance valve regulation performance. The Micro Catalyst lowers float current, mitigates thermal buildup, and prevents cell dry out. An exclusive TempX Additive in the negative plate decreases float current by up to 75% to withstand the effect of high heat while increasing life in higher temperatures. On the positive plate, a special Corrosion Inhibitor Alloy blend impedes corrosion even under the highest temperature extremes.

In addition to its Thermal Management Technology, Deka Fahrenheit batteries feature East Penn’s exclusive IPF® (Individual Plate Formation) Technology, full recycling capabilities, and front access terminals, all in a strategic footprint that accommodates existing racking and cabinets. Exclusive IPF® Technology assures the full formation and inspection of every battery plate. This optimizes power capacities and ensures consistent cell-to-cell voltages critical to long-life reliability.
For more information on this breakthrough VRLA product, go to


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