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ALABC prospectus calls industry to refocus on Pb battery research

Mon, 06/08/2015 - 12:20 -- Paul Crompton
ALABC prospectus calls industry to refocus on Pb battery research

The Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC) will join forces with the International Lead Association (ILA) after its members unanimously approved the collaboration.

The ALABC membership agreed to the new relationship with ILA)], as well as the Prospectus for the 2016-18 ALABC research programme, at its semi-annual Steering Committee meeting on Tuesday, September 8th.

ALABC will remain a research body of the association, focusing strictly on fundamental research and battery science.  

It provides a mechanism by which all members of ILA will fund ALABC activities via ILA membership fees. 

It means all ALABC funding goes directly to battery research rather than splitting moneys between R&D and costly (yet successful) demonstration projects, said an ALABC spokesman.

The move allows for pre-competitive lead battery research and innovation to be conducted under a singular management structure.

The prospectus was launched in June (read more on the story here) to collate the major research areas determined by ALABC membership (through recent ILAB meetings in North America and Europe).

The ALABC is now inviting all lead producers, battery manufacturers, component suppliers, carbon producers, application providers, research institutions and any other entities with an interest in the lead battery market to join its 2016-18 program.

 

 

Freezing weather boosts SLI battery sales in US

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 17:07 -- Ruth Williams
The extended cold weather in the US is killing starter batteries

Sales of lead-acid batteries in North America rose 15.2% in December 2013 following the extended period of cold weather.

Shipments of automotive batteries in December 2013 reached 12.2m, which is 15.2% higher than the figure for November.

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Global lead demand on the up

Thu, 10/31/2013 - 16:00 -- Ruth Williams

Global consumption of lead-acid batteries is leading to an increased demand for lead. A study by the International Lead Zinc Study Group (ILZSG) suggests that lead demand will increase 5% for the year 2013 and a further 4.6% in 2014.

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Lead prospects poor following thriving summer

Fri, 09/13/2013 - 12:11 -- Ruth Williams
Lovely lead

Following a prosperous summer, the price of lead on the London Metals Exchange looks shaky.

Lower automobile production in Europe is effecting the demand of lead around the world. Over the past month the value of lead has fallen about US$100 to around US$2125 a tonne (as at 11.09.13). 

Glittering lead prize in Singapore

Wed, 09/11/2013 - 09:49 -- Ruth Williams
Brian Wilson, left, receives lifetime achievement award from David Wilson

Winning lottery cheque? Nobel Peace Prize?  Apple product launch?

No, Brian Wilson (left) receives the International Lead Medal for a lifetime achievement in improving lead battery stewardship from David Wilson at this week's 15ABC in Singapore....

More revelations in next week's BEST Battery Briefing and upcoming Autumn BEST.

The curse of the ABC

Wed, 09/11/2013 - 09:24 -- gerry@bestmag.co.uk
Skyline of Singapore, safe from the curse of ABC

The curse of ABC has failed to arrive: On the anniversary of 9/11

This year: no breaking news disasters; No terrorism (9/11 - Bali 2001)

No dead Royals (Diana - Bangkok 1997)

No Asian financial crash 

And no missiles anywhere. Instead, record numbers of delegates and the encouraging news that we knew already — the lead industry is pretty much in rude health and that 2/3's of the market is here in Asia. And Brian Wilson got the International Lead Medal — but not for eating cabbage fritters. Confused?  Read the BEST Battery Briefing next week to find out more as our new Editor Tim Probert brings a fresh take on the industry.

Porous Power separator reduces risk of thermal runaway

Wed, 02/27/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

Porous Power Technologies (PPT) has launched a line of ceramic-filled battery separators designed to improve the thermal stability and safety of the large-format lithium-ion batteries used in electric vehicles, flat-cell consumer electronics, and high-power applications.

Under heat, the ceramic-filled polymer separators fuse together, leaving a thin film of ceramic particles between the electrodes and reduce the likelihood of hard shorts that can lead to thermal runaway and cell failure.

The ceramic particles are evenly distributed throughout the PPT chemically inert PVDF polymer. The particles reside primarily in the pore walls, leaving a large and uniform open pore structure that enable ions to pass through with less resistance and less heat generation.

The separators will provide greater power in high-current applications as well as having increased thermal stability with less cell degradation. The design offers reduced separator shrinkage, extended cycle life, higher bake-out and operating temperatures, and improved puncture and abuse resistance.

BASF 2012 figures show growth in all sectors

Tue, 02/26/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

German chemical giant BASF has released its sales figures for 2012 showing growth across the company. The chemical segment overall sales figures grew 7% on 2011, the 2012 sales increased to €13.8billion. There was however a decline in EBIT (earnings before interest and tax) due to plant shut downs and lower margins.


The tables below show the full figures for 2012 compared to the previous year across the range of the company (bottom) as well as the fourth quarter sales figures (top).

Smart heating system could cut bills and increase use of renewables

Tue, 02/26/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

An energy efficient heating system offering efficiency savings of up to 20% could be key in the transition to low-carbon energy systems in Europe. This is according to a report commissioned by SSE (UK energy generators and distributors) and Dimplex (a global heating solutions firm).

The smart electric thermal storage (SETS) system works by storing up renewably produced energy when production is high but demand is low. The report indicated SETS could provide up to 54GW of additional flexible storage capacity across Europe by 2050, enabling renewable electricity to be stored when demand is low and used to heat homes when needed.

The system, first brought to the market by SEE and Dimplex in a product called Quantum, is intended to replace out-dated night storage heaters with something more efficient and with better room temperature control as well as being designed for smart grid integration.

The report found that if all 27 EU countries replaced storage heaters with SETS, savings of 7.4TWh of electricity and three mega-tons of CO2 could be made each year. If used in all electrically heated homes as much as 148GW could be provided by 2050.

Stuart Mackenzie, Managing Director of Dimplex, added: “Quantum offers consumers with electric storage heaters the opportunity to reduce their running costs by up to 27%. It’s also a Green Deal approved measure, so the capital cost outlay can be substantially reduced.”

Advances in charging for smart devices mean longer run times

Tue, 02/26/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

Chinese portable power company Powerocks has an ever growing range of mobile phone power boosting accessories. The high capacity portable batteries provide additional power for mobile and tablet devices that are compatible with USB ports.

The lithium-ion batteries can be charged form a mains power supply and then provide several re-charges for smart phones and tablet devices. The slim-line design of iPhones and the like mean the battery cannot be swapped with a spare, it must be recharged, resulting in companies coming up with novel ways to help users re-charge when travelling or away from mains charging.

The range includes the Stone series of portable batteries that offer between 5800mAh and 7800mAh capacity, which provide an additional three times power for devices; The Magicstick is the size of an AA cell and offers 2600mAH power on the go for phone devices. 

The MagicstickThe ultimate in portable battery is built into the phone cover. The interestingly named Cheese Crystal is a protective case for the iPhone4 that has an 1800mAH lithium-ion battery incorporated in it to double potential battery life.

When charged, Powerocks range can power up to two devices, dependant on model, two or three times. The designs are complimentary to Apple style and show these chargers can be sleek and elegant but still pack a lot of power.

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