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).
The Michigan firm will use specific global automotive testing regimes to verify the dynamic charge acceptance (DCA) performance benefits of the technology.
The project will also include tests for partial-state-of-charge (PSoC) performance, a key requirement not only relevant for start-stop, micro and mild-hybrid vehicles.
It is hoped the project will also provide insight into the capabilities of bipolar lead batteries for storing energy from renewable sources such as wind and solar.
ABC’s battery technology has thinner enhanced positive and negative paste, specially developed for start-stop, micro and mild-hybrids.
Ed Shaffer, CEO of ABC, said he thought bipolar was an exceptional technology for use in the micro and mild-hybrid market due to its improved DCA performance, a key technical parameter for this application.
By benchmarking performance against known standards, this could be a starting point for this technology to be rolled out across the lead battery industry as a proven technology and facilitate new avenues of research in bipolar lead batteries.
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