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New VP to drive ABC’s goal of commercialisation of bipolar lead battery energy storage

Wed, 12/22/2021 - 09:19 -- Paul Crompton

Bipolar lead battery developer Advanced Battery Concepts (ABC) has appointed Michael Armstrong as its vice president, energy storage.

Armstrong will help commercialise the US firm’s residential storage system ‘Home Emergency Energy Storage’ (HEES), which relies on its GreenSeal bipolar batteries.

ABC has identified several markets for its proprietary storage technology, including: wind farms, solar farms and conventional power generation stations. 

Economics and chemistry graduate Armstrong brings knowledge of market development, sales, project strategy and development to his new role.

His experience includes micro-grid project development, project-related technology financing, and managing business development activities for vertically integrated European and US manufacturers. 

Doctor Edward Shaffer, CEO of Advanced Battery Concepts, said: "We are very pleased to have Michael join the team, as he brings a tremendous wealth of knowledge about global energy storage markets.”

The company changed its business model to include energy storage technology and products following an extensive assessment and analysis of the energy marketplace, with the assistance of members of the University of Michigan's Ross Business School Multidisciplinary Action Projects (MAP) program.

MAP, that provided perspectives on the US long-duration stationary energy storage market, also revealed global opportunities within the scope of ABC's portfolio.

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Gridtential’s latest deal will see its bipolar lead batteries made in India

Tue, 12/14/2021 - 13:19 -- Paul Crompton

Bipolar lead battery developer Gridtential Energy has signed a formal evaluation agreement with Luminous Power Technologies — a subsidiary of Schneider Electric.

Under the agreement, India-headquartered Luminous will evaluate a combination of Gridential’s 6V and 24V Silicon Joule reference batteries, and build prototype batteries using the latter’s development kits. 

By producing Silicon Joule batteries, Luminous aims to manufacture batteries by leveraging its existing production lines and expertise in solar materials.

Gridtential’s Silicon Joule battery technology substitutes treated silicon wafers, like those found in solar panels, for conventional lead grids to create a silicon-lead battery.

The US-based firm says the battery delivers up to 5X the power density, 2X the discharge rate at a 75% lower levelised cost of electricity than conventional lead batteries— although the firm is tight-lipped on the actual numbers to back up the claims. 

The International Energy Agency estimated that India could double its renewables capacity to 900GW by 2040 in its ‘India Energy Outlook 2021’ report.

Luminous managing director Vipul Sabharwal, said: "Advanced lead acid batteries like bipolar are an exciting breakthrough in lead battery technology, and Silicon Joule's innovation in this space provides us with an unprecedented opportunity to bring more added value to the customer in energy storage in Indian homes. 

“Energy storage is also going to be key for scaling up solar energy and this promises to be a suitable technology for our product development endeavours toward our customers in the future.”

Luminous brings decades of experience to the validation process as it evaluates impact on cycle life, energy density, battery efficiency, charging rates and manufacturability. 

Luminous sells batteries in 35 countries outside of India, spanning South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia Pacific.

Gridtential has development agreements with 14 battery makers, including US manufacturer East Penn, which is currently making Silicon Joule reference batteries on a prototype line.

Series of lead battery deals

In June, Taiwan AGM battery technology firm Pilot Battery and Gridtential signed a formal evaluation agreement to target the energy storage systems market using the bipolar technology.

Much like the Luminous deal, Pilot is evaluating a combination of 6V and 24V Silicon Joule reference batteries, and will produce prototype batteries using Gridtential’s development kits in preparation for potential future production. 

In July, 2020, Gridtential Energy entered into a formal agreement to collaborate with flooded lead-acid battery firm US Battery on its bipolar battery technology.

Under the terms of the agreement, the firms will industrialise bipolar plate pasting and curing processes.

The previous month Gridtential had announced two other deals.

The first was a technology evaluation agreement with LOLC Advanced Technologies to develop bipolar lead batteries using technology from both firms.

Under the agreement, the companies are collaborating on prototyping lead batteries using Gridtential’s bipolar silicon plates and LOLC’s graphene additive AltaLABGX, which is applied to active material.

The second deal was with Indian battery maker Amara Raja Batteries.

The two companies entered into a formal technology evaluation agreement, with Amara and Gridtential assembling and testing Silicon Joule bipolar reference batteries

 
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ABC promotes COO to president to drive growth in its bipolar lead battery

Mon, 11/15/2021 - 13:48 -- Paul Crompton

Bipolar lead battery developer Advanced Battery Concepts has promoted its chief operating officer (COO) Michael Everett to president of the US firm.

Everett will lead industrialisation of the company’s processes and develop equipment required for OEMs to manufacture batteries using its patented GreenSeal technology at scale volumes.

The equipment will be for the continuous production of electrode assemblies including execution of novel and efficient transfer pasting methods.

Further development efforts include the architectural definition and the development of formation processes and equipment necessary to produce bipolar batteries. 

Everett said: "By industrialising and commercialising GreenSeal manufacturing equipment, the company has reached yet another significant milestone on its mission to make better batteries available to global energy storage markets.

"GreenSeal batteries unlock much higher value for the lead battery industry than historically achievable, as measured by the higher performance, longer lifetime and more efficient use of raw materials and resources in manufacturing, and there is more to come.”

Dr. Edward Shaffer, CEO and founder of ABC, said: "Michael has been a great addition and contributor to our team and its growth over the past two years. His ability to lead our industrialisation program and focus on process improvements has been a key to his promotion to president.” 

Everett, who joined ABC in 2019 as COO, has previously worked as CTO at ultracapacitor firm Maxwell Technologies and more recently senior vice president engineering at deep cycle lead battery firm Trojan Battery.

Residential storage system

ABC launched a residential storage system using lead batteries to address the growing need for emergency power in the US during September.

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. 

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.

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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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US Battery partners with Gridtential Energy to mass market bipolar lead-acid batteries

Fri, 07/31/2020 - 15:57 -- Paul Crompton

Lead battery maker Gridtential Energy has entered into a formal agreement to collaborate on its Silicon Joule™ bipolar battery technology with flooded lead-acid battery firm US Battery.

Under the terms of the agreement, the firms will industrialise bipolar plate pasting and curing processes.

The partnership will also include assembling and testing Silicon Joule™ bipolar AGM batteries using US Battery’s active material.

The goal is to improve the batteries cycle life, energy density, battery efficiency, charging rates and manufacturability. 

Last month, Indian battery maker Amara Raja Batteries announced a partnership with Gridtential Energy to collaborate on bipolar lead-acid batteries— with the former assembling and testing the US-based firm’s Silicon Joule bipolar reference batteries. 

Read more about the reduced-cost and performance impvrovements that bipolar batteries offer in the latest edition of BESTmag by clicking HERE

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Gridtential and LOLC partner to develop bipolar lead battery technology

Thu, 06/25/2020 - 12:53 -- Paul Crompton

US firm Gridtential Energy has entered into a technology evaluation agreement with LOLC Advanced Technologies to develop bipolar lead batteries using technology from both firms.

Under the agreement, the companies will collaborate on prototyping lead batteries using Gridential’s Silicon Joule™ bipolar silicon plates and LOLC’s graphene additive AltaLABGX, which is applied to active material.

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Indian firm latest to license silicon lead battery technology

Wed, 06/03/2020 - 10:54 -- Paul Crompton

Indian battery maker Amara Raja Batteries has announced a partnership with Gridtential Energy to collaborate on bipolar lead-acid batteries.

The two companies have entered into a formal technology evaluation agreement, with Amara and Gridtential assembling and testing the US-based firm’s Silicon Joule bipolar reference batteries. 

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Monbat launches plans to build a bipolar lead battery making facility in Bulgaria

Fri, 04/17/2020 - 12:15 -- Paul Crompton

Battery maker Monbat NBP EOOD— a 100% subsidiary of Monbat AD— has submitted an intent to invest in the construction of a new lead-acid bipolar battery plant in Vratsa, Bulgeria.                             

The Bulgarian firm announced the plans, which are subject to approval, on 8 April.

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Encouraging tests as EEStor plans to usurp lead-acid with bipolar supercapacitors

Thu, 12/05/2019 - 15:24 -- Paul Crompton

Bipolar technology firm EEStor Corp. and FWG have revealed independent test results demonstrating the energy density of its doped-carbon supercapacitors is on average of 53.31Wh/kg.

A report by inspection, verification, testing and certification company SGS-CSTC was prepared after tests on five single cell devices weighing around 36 grams each at its electrical safety laboratory in Shenzhen, China. 

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ABC secures seventh licensee of its bipolar lead-acid battery technology

Thu, 11/28/2019 - 14:53 -- Paul Crompton

Bipolar battery firm Advanced Battery Concepts has secured its seventh licensee of its lead-acid GreenSeal® technology.

The unnamed company has acquired licensing rights to the US firm’s full suite of technologies to ‘provide a strategic advantage in the industrial markets it serves’. 

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