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Advanced Battery Concepts (ABC)

Black-start ESS commercialisation is as simple as ABC for bipolar lead battery firm

Fri, 09/24/2021 - 14:42 -- paul Crompton

Advanced Battery Concepts (ABC) has launched a residential storage system using lead batteries to address the growing need for emergency power in the US. 

The system, called Home Emergency Energy Storage (HEES), relies on the firm’s patented GreenSeal bipolar batteries.

The HEES system can be situated in about eight-square feet of interior space preferably located near the main circuit box. 

Once installed, storage is downstream from an in-bound electric inverter that helps maintain power storage.

When grid power is lost, the system automatically delivers electricity until grid power is restored. The system can provide up to 6kW and draws upon a storage reserve of 18kWh to power critical loads. Run times can be up to two full days.

The University of Michigan's Ross Business School Multidisciplinary Action Projects (MAP) program helped the company assess and analyse the energy marketplace.

The MAP data, in conjunction with the 12-year development conducted by ABC, led to the invention of the bipolar battery and a state-of-the-art production facility in Clare, Michigan.

ABC’s founder and CEO, Edward Shaffer, said: "We accomplished this in a relatively short period of time thanks to our entire team and through utilisation of our low volume production line designed specifically to supply batteries for the micro-grid energy storage market."

He added: "We recognised a growing need for safe and reliable backup power. We have that. We are taking the same measured and responsible steps we relied on during product development for the roll-out into the market. 

“We will establish distribution within an initially limited geographic area so as to verify the functions and features of this unique energy storage solution. We have invested our time and resources to come this far.”

Bipolar lead battery

ABC's patented GreenSeal batteries' feature bipolar construction enables much greater production efficiencies with less environmental impacts than traditional storage batteries. 

Michael Everett, ABC's chief operating officer, said: "Our GreenSeal battery manufacturing facility in Clare, Michigan, is an advanced proving ground for robust scale manufacturing processes that efficiently enables continuous production of our batteries. 

“GreenSeal manufacturing is reliable, precise, clean and minimises environmental impact of a lead-acid plant to levels unattainable in traditional manufacturing plants. Low investment capital, smaller footprint, much reduced power consumption and significantly improved EH&S considerations.”

You can read more about bipolar batteries in our special report by Dr Mike McDonagh HERE

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Lead-acid bipolar firm ABC secures investment during Series B funding round

Thu, 10/15/2020 - 09:58 -- paul Crompton

Bipolar lead-acid battery developer Advanced Battery Concepts (ABC) has secured investment from Nuveen, the $1 trillion global investment arm of asset management firm TIAA, during its Series B growth equity round.

The undisclosed sum will help ABC, which develops and licenses technology related to its bipolar architecture, to move to the next stage of growth and help it build relationships in ‘new markets and geographies’.

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ABC begins bipolar lead battery tests to verify DCA capabilities in hybrid vehicles

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 10:43 -- paul Crompton

US lead battery developer Advanced Battery Concepts (ABC) is set to begin a nine-month investigation into the performance capabilities of bipolar lead batteries in micro and mild-hybrid applications. 

ABC will submit its own batteries to automotive testing standards in a research project collaboration with the Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI). 

 

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Monbat eyes expansion to make bipolar batteries in Bulgaria

Mon, 03/04/2019 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
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Bulgarian lead-acid company Monbat has confirmed proposals for a major expansion of its manufacturing operations in the country to produce bipolar batteries under licence from US-based Advanced Battery Concepts (ABC).

Monbat’s licensing deal for ABC’s GreenSeal bipolar lead technology was announced earlier this year— but neither company would say where the batteries might be made.

However, BEST Battery Briefing has now confirmed Monbat has taken the first steps towards building a 2.4 gigawatt-hour plant in Vratsa, Bulgaria, especially for the production of bipolar batteries.

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ABC to work with Fengfan on bipolar lead batteries for China

Mon, 10/15/2018 - 00:00 -- John Shepherd

Advanced Battery Concepts (ABC) is setting its sights on China and the wider Asian market for its bipolar lead-acid technology, after signing a memorandum of cooperation with China’s Fengfan.

The memorandum US-based ABC signed with Fengfan, one of China’s biggest lead-acid manufacturers, sets out the firms’ “joint desire to develop bipolar lead batteries for the Chinese market”— but details have yet to be released.

ABC’s vice-president of business development, Don Hobday, told BEST Battery Briefing: “This is another big step forward for the technology and proves it has value in China.”

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Hat trick license agreement for ABC

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 10:03 -- Xuan Zhong
Hat trick license agreement for ABC

Advanced Battery Concepts (ABC) has won a third licence for its bipolar 'GreenSeal' lead-acid technology. The licensee, announced last week, is Trojan Battery, one of the global leaders in deep cycle lead–acid batteries, essentially applied in traction roles, such as forklift trucks and golf cars.

The move by Trojan has to be seen as a major breakthrough for ABC since it is clear recognition of the technology’s benefits of reducing weight, increasing cycle life and increasing power density. To date, there are no other improvements for deep cycle lead acid batteries that can achieve this. Furthermore this sector is seeing challenges from fuel cells and from large format lithium ion.

 

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Hawk boosts ABC’s bipolar lead coffers

Tue, 04/18/2017 - 10:45 -- Xuan Zhong
Hawk boosts ABC’s bipolar lead coffers

US firm Advanced Battery Concepts (ABC) has received a funding injection from Hal Hawk, President and Owner of Crown Battery.

While the amount of cash was unspecified, Hawk commented, "Advanced Battery Concepts has demonstrated that it has achieved industry validation for its bipolar lead battery designs and manufacturing processes by succeeding in licensing its technology to two global battery licensees, one of which is JCI (Johnson Controls), the World's largest lead battery producer.

 

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Joint technical deal to explore market readiness of bi-polar lead-acid technology

Wed, 06/01/2016 - 11:48 -- paul Crompton
Joint technical deal to explore market readiness of bi-polar lead-acid technology

Lead-acid firm Advanced Battery Concepts (ABC) has entered into a Joint Technology Assessment Program (JTAP) agreement with Integral Technologies.

The agreement will evaluate the market readiness of bi-plate technology from Intergral Technologies wholly owned subsidiary ElectriPlast.

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