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September 2016

ALABC Establishes Clear Strategy in 2016-18 Program for Automotive and Energy Storage Applications

A new overarching strategy to help ensure lead batteries remain the product of choice in automotive and industrial energy storage applications received significant support at the recent ALABC General Assembly meeting in Valetta, Malta. The strategy plan follows the agreement among Consortium members at the previous GA meeting in May that ALABC, in its 2016-18 program, identify and fund the highest impact work that would result in tangible benefits in lead battery performance. The strategy contains four work areas: two technical research programs (one for automotive and one for industrial energy storage) and two programs focused on technical communication (automotive and energy storage).

East Penn, RSR to Collaborate with Argonne National Labs to Enhance Battery Performance

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory has announced it will collaborate with ALABC members East Penn Manufacturing and RSR Technologies to explore the unrealized potential of advanced lead batteries. The project will enable East Penn and RSR to use Argonne’s state-of-the-art analytic technologies to accelerate the research of lead batteries in order to enhance performance. Proposed testing will investigate the fundamental transport processes in lead batteries using a variety of characterization techniques available at Argonne. Project work began earlier this month and will run over two phases for 18 months.

ADEPT Demonstration Project Achievements Confirmed at LCV2016 Event

The full results of the three-year ADEPT hybrid vehicle demonstration project were provided to attendees at the 2016 Low Carbon Vehicle (LCV2016) event in Millbrook, U.K., confirming the vehicle’s 10-12 percent reduction in CO2 emissions. The demonstration vehicle, which combines a 48-volt advanced lead-carbon battery system with a diesel engine, was also available for the first time for public ride and drives. Representatives of the automotive engineering firm Ricardo, along with other members of the Advanced Diesel Electric Power Train (ADEPT) consortium, which includes ALABC, were on hand to present the project results.
According to the latest updated analysis of the vehicle’s potential cost of production implementation, the system would represent an incremental cost of only €60 per g/km of CO2 reduction – which is in line with other fuel economy solutions, including full hybrids.

ALABC Accepts Abertax Award for R&D Accomplishments

Maltese battery component supplier and ALABC member Abertax honored the Consortium at the 15th European Lead Battery Conference (15ELBC) with an inaugural award celebrating individuals and organizations doing “remarkable” work within the lead-acid battery industry. ALABC Program Manager Dr. Boris Monahov accepted the award from Abertax CEO Joseph Cilia, as well as an accompanying €20,000 endowment, on behalf of the Consortium. The award was originally envisioned by the late Werner Schmidt, who founded Abertax in 1999. ALABC was selected as the award’s first recipient based upon its work in the advancement in lead-acid battery technology and the continuation of R&D management through its 2016-18 program.

ALABC Continues Support in North America at The Battery Show 2016

Representatives of ALABC along with members Doe Run and Teck Metals were on hand highlighting the work of the Consortium at The Battery Show 2016 in Novi, Michigan. The team greeted visitors at the ALABC booth during the event’s exhibition, which drew nearly 7,000 attendees. During the conference, several ALABC members presented and participated in round-table discussions, including one session dedicated solely to improving lead-acid technologies. These included presentations by Don Karner of Electric Applications Inc., John Gagge of EnerSys, David Cue and Craig Rigby of Johnson Controls, Scott McCaskey of East Penn, and Maureen Murphy of Hammond Group, plus representatives of Ford, GM, Fiat Chrysler, Mercedes-Benz, Toyota, Valeo, Argonne National Labs, SAE, NAATBatt, ARPA-E, and more.
For further information on these and other presentations, contact Chip Bremer at For event information, visit The Battery Show website at

NorthStar Secures Contract with Daimler Trucks NA to Supply Pure Lead AGMs for Cascadia Models

Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) has chosen ALABC member NorthStar Battery Company to supply Ultra High Performance Pure Lead AGM batteries for Daimler’s next generation Cascadia Truck. The agreement enhances the companies’ strategic partnership, in which NorthStar is also available as an extended life option on the majority of DTNA platforms, boosting its value to $500 million. NorthStar produces high output batteries for the heavy duty truck market, which has evolved to demand batteries that provide higher capacity, longer life and greater reliability while reducing maintenance costs. NorthStar also has received worldwide approval to supply batteries to Daimler Original Equipment platforms.