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ALABC Continues Outreach to Chinese Auto and Battery Industries
ALABC management on tour of the Narada labs
ALABC management recently traveled to Hangzhou to attend the kick-off meeting of the Consortium’s first project in China with Narada Power Source and present at the International Micro and Mild HEV & Advanced Battery Technology Forum, marking the continuation of the ALABC’s outreach to the Chinese automotive and battery industries. Presentations by ALABC President David Wilson, Program Manager Boris Monahov, and European Project Coordinator Allan Cooper represented the Consortium’s latest in-depth efforts to exchange views Chinese automotive manufacturers on the application of advanced lead-carbon batteries in HEVs and recruit prospective member companies in the China region to the current research program.

Kick-off Meeting lays foundation for partnership
On August 20, ALABC officers met with Narada management and its project team on the kick-off meeting for the new project titled, Development and Testing of an Advanced VRLA Battery with Carbon Modified Negative Active Mass for Energy Recovery Applications in Port Cranes and Elevators. Dr. Wilson and Narada President Chen Bo began the meeting by exchanging pleasantries and expressing their mutual interest in developing a long-term and productive partnership. Then, after Dr. Herbert Giess provided on behalf of Narada an up-to-date project progress report on carbon selection, cell design and manufacture and test facility, Dr. Monahov, Mr. Cooper, and Martin van Leeuwen of ALABC member Nyrstar presented technical suggestions for further project development. Both sides are particularly optimistic about the project as it will help to develop lead-carbon batteries specifically for the electric and port crane market in China.

International Forum Draws Intense Attention from Chinese Auto Industry
On August 21, ALABC’s participation in the international Micro and Mild HEV & Advanced Battery Technology Forum represented an opportunity for the Consortium to partner with SAE-China and the Battery Industrial Association (BIA) to discuss the latest achievements in developing and demonstrating advanced lead-carbon batteries. This unique event, which featured the theme, “Let’s add carbon into the battery – not the air,” served to promote lead-carbon technology as the power source of choice for meeting reduced vehicle emission standards through micro- and mild-hybrid electric vehicles and energy storage applications. Over 70 representatives from the Chinese auto industry (including China FAW Group, SAIC Moto, China Youngman Automobile Group, Great Wall Motor, Potevio New Energy Vehicle Technology), as well as representatives from advanced battery research institutes and the Chinese lead industry attended the open forum, free-of-charge, to discuss the state of the industry and current HEV market trends in Europe, the U.S. and China.

Engaging discussions at the MMHEV & Advanced Battery Technology Forum in Hangzhou
Guo Konghui, the Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) and professor of the state key laboratory of automotive simulation and control, began the discussion with a presentation on addressing challenges to develop low carbon emission vehicles, and ALABC’s Allan Cooper followed with a discussion of some of the Consortium’s recent demonstration projects, including the LC Super Hybrid. Then, Dr. Monahov offered a presentation on the ALABC program and the real world benefits of lead-carbon batteries as the best power source for micro- and mild-hybrid electric vehicles and energy storage. Academician Yang Yusheng of Chemical Defense Institute of Chinese People's Liberation Army followed by sharing his views on lead-carbon technology and the development of electric vehicles. Later, Dr. Wilson addressed attendees with an overview of the global markets for lead and lead-acid batteries, followed by a presentation given by Dr. Ning Guobao of the Ministry of Science and Technology on the market analysis, application requirement and prospective development trend of start-stop technology in China.

The second half of the day included a theme salon in which various parties engaged in intense discussion on demand analysis, a favorable roadmap, and real world experience sharing on energy saving and emission reduction of vehicles. Those taking part in the session included: ALABC’s Boris Monahov and Allan Cooper; Academicians Guo Konghui and Yang Yusheng; Mr. Hou Fushen of SAE-China, Director of Technology Development Dept. of Automotive Industry Research Institute, Senior manager of New Energy Vehicle and Technique Management Dept. of SAIC Motor; Mr. Zhong Aimin of Tianjin Santroll Electric Automobile Technology and the CEO of Beijing EV Future Information Technology. All participants contributed significant input and the discussion yielded positive views and opinions and solutions for consideration.

Another Step Forward
For the ALABC, the International Micro and Mild HEV & Advanced Battery Technology Forum provided a unique opportunity to hold discussions with the Chinese auto industry about the Consortium’s recent achievements and current research program in lead-acid battery technology and generate interest in membership. To those ends, the forum proved a dramatic success and one that may very well open the doors to further cooperation and new partnerships with the Chinese auto community.

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