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Lead technology set to retain markets as innovation reassures carmakers

Mon, 06/26/2017 - 14:37 -- Paul Crompton
Lead technology set to retain markets as innovation reassures carmakers

Lead technology’s position in the automotive battery market got further enhanced last week according to specialists attending a car industry meeting in San Francisco.

Findings presented by the Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC) – the leading research group supporting automotive battery technology – showed lead well-placed to remain the dominant technology for years to come.

 

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Lead-acid powers solar microgrid project in US University’s campus

Fri, 03/24/2017 - 09:44 -- Xuan Zhong

The Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC) is aiming to prove that lead-acid can compete with lithium-ion in a renewable energy microgrid application at a US university.

Missouri University of Science and Technology’s (Missouri S&T) and ALABC have teamed up for the solar microgrid project that replaces the existing lithium-ion battery with lead-acid.

 

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Futile rear guard action?

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 11:37 -- Paul Crompton

The defending army is on the run. In a desperate attempt to help the troops escape, a rear guard is assembled, hoping beyond hope to delay the rapidly advancing attacking troops. They will run out of ammunition of course, or be overwhelmed.

This was the image that came to mind when I heard Alistair Davis at the Metals Bulletin 8th World congress last week, describing the latest ALABC programme to improve dynamic charge acceptance in lead-acid systems. It’s the weakest link, the achilles heel, the runt of the litter in arguments after you’ve bleated on about lead’s recyclability, low cost and “nice grey colour” of the ingots.

And when you’ve got a handful of researchers working on the problem and just a few millions to spend, the odds of success, when the enemy are throwing thousands of the best electrochemical minds at the problem are wafer thin (and that’s being over optimistic). Is this lead-acid’s Alamo, Rorke’s drift and Custer’s last stand? It looks like it.

Norbert Maleschitz can see the writing on the wall for lead-acid in automotive and we’ve been saying it for a lot longer. And as you can read in this week’s BEST Battery Briefing, the Chinese are already acting. Given their country’s propensity for wanting to smash the industries that  have brought both prosperity and pollution, the great Chinese lead-acid dynasties are moving into lithium-ion manufacture like it’s going out of fashion. If China is going to get electric vehicles off the ground big time, it needs to go this way.

Having said all that, there are one or two voices out there that still give lead a fighting chance. Dr Steve Clarke, of Aquametals pointed out the obvious. Lead-acid’s utilisation of active material has remained stagnant for decades while lithium’s has improved by leaps and bounds in 20 years. There’s a starting point. But it will need money and leadership, a little lacking in the current climate.

ILA to manage ALABC as lead industry aims to unite under single ‘programme of action’

Mon, 02/15/2016 - 15:39 -- Paul Crompton
ILA to manage ALABC as lead industry aims to unite under single ‘programme of action’

The International Lead Association has taken responsibility for the management of the Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium as part of a reorganisation of associations supporting the global lead industry.

The new partnership forms part of ILA’s wider strategic goals to unite the entire lead industry under a single, clear and focused global programme of action on lead and lead batteries.

The every day work of the ALABC will carry on as it has done previously through the office in North Carolina, with the ILAproviding management support for ALABC’s three year programme, which is currently in the early stages of development.

 

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Lead still the battery solution for EU emission regs

Mon, 11/24/2014 - 11:02 -- Gerry Woolf
Allan Cooper

Some so-called battery events don’t even give them a platform but this wasn’t the case this week when tireless lead-acid old stager Allan Cooper delivered a cracking account of how advanced lead-acid batteries will bring serious environmental and cost benefits to the car industry.

Speaking at IQPC Automotive’s Second International Conference on Automotive 48V Power Supply Systems, Cooper said the low additional cost of introducing 48V mild hybrid powertrains is proving a major attraction to carmakers, because it will help them comply with stringent CO2 regulations being introduced in 2020 with even tougher rules following in 2025.a

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ALABC seeks participants for DOE lead carbon stop-start research programme

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 11:05 -- Editor
ALABC

The Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC) is seeking participants for a $300,000 US Department of Energy (DOE) funded lead carbon battery research programme.

The programme, which was unveiled at an ALABC meeting during the 14th European Lead Acid Battery Conference in Edinburgh, will include six lead carbon batteries to be tested in 12V stop-start automotive applications. The DOE is expected to put up $150,000 for the one-year research programme, slated to commence in early 2015, with the six participants stumping up $25,000 match funding apiece.

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ALABC and partners demonstrate NGHV

Wed, 06/04/2014 - 13:09 -- Laura Varriale
RAM 1500 HFE

The Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC) and its partners in the Natural Gas Hybrid Vehicle (HGHV) Working Group demonstrated a NHGV start-stop vehicle powered by lead-carbon batteries at the Alternative Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo in California.

The model, a RAM 1500 HFE, works with a start-stop system that operates with compressed natural gas fuel and a 12V lead-carbon battery. The NGHV Working Group plans to build a second vehicle with the same concept later this year operating with “other” technology to reduce more costs than the first model.

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Low Carbon Award for ALABC and CPT

Thu, 01/31/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

The ALABC, jointly with Controlled Power Technologies, has received an award for its LC Super Hybrid technology. The UK’s Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership presented the award at a ceremony in London for the category ‘Low Carbon Innovation by a small medium sized enterprise.’

Allan Cooper of the ALABC and Nick Pascoe of CPT

The awards, supported by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, recognise innovative projects that promote the rise in lower carbon vehicles and reducing transport emissions.

The LC Super Hybrid programme is a joint initiative between ALABC and CPT to demonstrate the capabilities of available technologies to promote affordable low carbon vehicles. The collaboration promotes how CO2 can be reduced through electric hybridisation at low voltages using lead-carbon batteries.

Allan Cooper with Nick Pascoe

“This award is very timely as it will help raise awareness of the advanced work we’re doing with micro-mild hybrid vehicles,” commented Nick Pascoe Chief Executive of CPT. Allan Cooper of the ALABC said they and CPT are delighted to have received the award.

Electric supercharger by CPT

The LC Super Hybrid 12V vehicle has been demonstrated to great success, a 48V version is due to be ready this year to provide torque assist to the engine for launch and acceleration, optimise fuelling during cruise conditions, and harvest kinetic energy during braking.

LC Super Hybrid features an electric supercharger and start-stop technology
developed by CPT along with an advanced lead-carbon battery.

 

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