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May 2016

ALABC Elects Executive Board, Prepares for New Program

Member companies gathered earlier this month in San Antonio, TX, at the first meeting of the Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium’s General Assembly to discuss preparations for the 2016-18 program and elect a new executive body for program oversight. The newly-elected Executive Committee will be made up of nine individuals: Lee Puckett of Atomized Products Group, Peiliang She of China Shoto/Shuangdeng Group, Tammy Stankey of Doe Run, Bob Flicker of East Penn Manufacturing, Norbert Maleschitz of Exide Technologies, Terry Murphy of Hammond Group, Andreas Sieverdingbeck of Recylex, Tim Ellis of RSR, and Paul Kolisnyk of Teck Metals. Tim Ellis was also elected ALABC Chairman for a second term.
The meeting included discussions regarding the review and prioritization of 20 new research proposals for the 2016-18 program, as well as 11 proposals validated from the earlier 2013-15 program. Further details on these proposals will be made available after project voting has concluded.
The meeting followed the Battery Council International’s 128th Annual Convention and Power Mart at the Marriott Rivercenter in San Antonio. ALABC and ILA exhibited a co-branded display at the one-day Power Mart event on May 2, promoting the Consortium’s 70+ company membership, 20 new battery science proposals, and $5 million research budget. Member company representatives also convened on May 3 during the BCI Convention to discuss future ALABC marketing and communications functions that had been previously undertaken by the Consortium’s Public Affairs & Marketing (PAM) Committee.
Additional event information is available on the ALABC members' website.

Hammond Wins Inaugural BCI Innovation Award

ALABC member Hammond Group, Inc. (HGI) was recently recognized by BCI as the winner of the 2016 Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Innovation Award for its advances in lead-acid battery additives. This inaugural award, which honors the legacy of former East Penn Manufacturing CEO and battery industry thought leader Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz, was presented to HGI President and CEO Terry Murphy at BCI’s Annual Convention.
Hammond was recognized for its breakthrough additive technology, which improves lead-acid battery charge acceptance and cycle life – two key characteristics necessary for advanced applications including renewable energy storage and hybrid vehicles.
“Hammond has demonstrated that innovative additive chemistry can overcome those challenges,” said Murphy. “With our new, state-of-the-art developmental lab and 50,000 square foot production facility, Hammond can lift the entire lead-acid battery industry with tailored additive solutions to optimize each customer's particular battery configuration and application."

ALABC Members & Contractors’ Meetings Set for Sept 12-13 at 15ELBC

The annual ALABC Members’ & Contractors’ meetings will be held Monday afternoon, September 12, 2016 and Tuesday morning, September 13, 2016 in Valetta, Malta. These meetings are being held in connection with the 15th European Lead Battery Conference at the Grand Hotel Excelsior in Malta ( More detailed information, including meeting agenda and registration information will be distributed to Consortium members, contractors and invited guests in the coming weeks.
To secure hotel reservations for these meetings, please visit the 15ELBC conference accommodations page.

FEVER Project Builds on ALABC/CPT 48V Concept

A new automotive demonstration project headlined by ALABC project partners Controlled Power Technologies (CPT), battery management specialist Provector, and Tier 1 automotive engineering firm Ricardo will focus on the lead-carbon battery-based advanced mild-hybrid concept originally pioneered by ALABC and CPT in the 48V LC SuperHybrid and ADEPT (Advanced Diesel Electric PowerTrain) projects.
The companies are currently working with Tata Motors European Technical Centre (TMETC) to apply the 48V mild-hybrid functionality to an ultra-lightweight rear-axel design as part of the Forty-Eight Volt Electrified Rear-axel (FEVER) project. The project’s intended result is the development of two “through-the-road” demonstrator cars that will provide comparable fuel and CO2 savings (targeted 15% reduction) to high-voltage hybrid architectures, but at a significantly reduced cost to that of plug-in hybrids or pure electric vehicles.
The application of CPT’s SpeedTorque technology to an ultra-lightweight rear-axel module in combination with advanced lead-carbon battery technology is considered an important step in enabling OEMs to further improve both regulated and real world fuel economy in modern urban city driving conditions.

JCI Partnering with Universities to Improve Vehicle Fuel Efficiency

ALABC member Johnson Controls International (JCI) is partnering with the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s College of Engineering and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee on two multi-year research projects aimed at enhancing vehicle fuel efficiency. The first project will focus on identifying the aging mechanisms of absorbent glass mat (AGM) batteries and supporting systems in start-stop applications and vehicle optimization strategies. The second project will explore ways to leverage other energy storage devices to provide peak power acceptance and cycling capability. The work will be funded through a $500,000 fellowship gift and will be conducted at the Johnson Controls Energy Systems Laboratory at UW–Madison’s Wisconsin Energy Institute and at the advanced battery laboratories at UW–Milwaukee.