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ALABC Prepares Prospectus for 2016-18 R&D Program
In preparation for its 2016-2018 research and development program, the Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium has prepared a new Prospectus document detailing the strategy, targets and selected areas of research envisioned for the new program, as well as the major achievements in the current 2013-2015 program. The basic concepts of the new program were developed based on membership discussions over the past several months and were revealed at the ALABC’s Spring Steering Committee meeting May 6 at the BCI Annual Convention in Savannah, GA.

The new program aims to refocus the Consortium’s work to basic battery research (material science and electrochemical studies) in order to foster the development of new battery technologies that can match the requirements of micro-, mild- and super-hybrid electric vehicles and energy storage systems. By maintaining the leading position of advanced lead batteries in these critical focal areas, the ALABC will assist the lead industry directly in strengthening its market positions.

According to the Prospectus, major research goals for the new R&D phase will include:
  • Achieving optimized dynamic charge acceptance (DCA) in hybrid electric vehicles
  • Minimizing gassing and water loss
  • Sustaining performance at elevated and lower temperatures
  • Attaining high energy efficiency
  • Suppressing corrosion under high-rate partial state-of-charge (HRPSoC) cycling

Additional information can be found online in the ALABC 2016-2018 Prospectus Executive Summary.

The prospectus has been distributed to ALABC members for final review, and comments are expected back to the Consortium offices before the end of June 2015. Once all comments are received and processed, management will finalize the document prior to its presentation at the ALABC meetings on September 10, 2015, in Bangkok prior to the 16th Asian Battery Conference (16ABC). The final edition of the Prospectus will then be sent to invite potential members to take part in the new 2016-2018 ALABC Program.

For more information on the prospectus for the ALABC 2016-18 Program, contact awright@ilzro.org.

Advanced Battery Concepts Wins SAE Innovation Award
ALABC battery producer member Advanced Battery Concepts (ABC) was recently recognized by SAE International as part of the organization’s Seventh Annual Global Automotive Innovation Challenge. During a ceremony at the SAE World Congress in Detroit, ABC was awarded the top honor in the “New High Value and Disruptive Technology Innovations” category for its GreenSeal® technology, which enables dramatic improvements in advanced lead-acid batteries. This recognition is the latest accolade garnered by ABC since it began commercial production of its bipolar AGM battery in September of last year. In December 2014, the company won a Best Smart Grid Application award at the Global Cleantech Cluster Association (GCCA), and it was recognized at The Battery Show 2014 in Novi, MI, by industry expert Dr. Robert Galyen as one of only a few companies that are changing the energy storage world.



ILZSG Publishes Study on Lead-Acid Industrial Batteries
The International Lead Zinc Study Group (ILZSG) has published a major market study on lead-acid industrial batteries prepared by Geoffrey May of Focus Consulting. The study describes the market in detail both for motive power and standby batteries, and also analyzes the emerging market for stationary energy storage for renewable energy sources. The document also describes the different types of lead-acid batteries, analyzes competitor systems, and discusses the longer term position of lead-acid, nickel-cadmium and Li-ion batteries for industrial applications. Despite competition from Li-ion batteries, the study projects the lead-acid industrial battery market will continue to grow at a significant rate in the next few years with the motive power market expanding more slowly than standby power.

Click here for more information or to order the full report.


Batteries Have Important Role in US DOE Quadrennial Energy Review
The latest edition of ALABC’s U.S. Battery Policy Blog by John Howes discusses the U.S. Department of Energy’s Quadrennial Energy Review (QER) and its effect on the country’s electric power grid and the energy storage technologies expected to support it. In his blog, Howes discusses the QER and the U.S. domestic energy policy, both of which seem to agree on the need to increase funding for the DOE Basic Energy Science program, which includes material science research of particular interest to the lead-acid battery industry.


A recent article in SAE’s technology report discusses Ford Motor Company’s efforts to accelerate research on 48V mild hybrid systems and covers several recent projects including the ALABC/CPT co-sponsored ADEPT demonstration. The article includes comments from Dr. Mazen Hammoud, Ford’s Chief Engineer for Electrified Powertrain Systems, on the potential new and enhanced automotive capabilities and features enabled by 48V mild hybrid systems. The ADEPT (Advanced Diesel Electric Powertrain), which will be featured in an upcoming issue of Keeping Pace, combines low-cost, 48V micro/mild hybrid technologies to reduce emissions while enhancing performance.


The Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium
1822 NC Highway 54E, Suite 120, Durham, North Carolina 27713 USA
Tel: 919-361-4647 | Fax: 919-361-1957 | www.alabc.org

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