Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium

Lead-acid batteries are the dominant market for lead (around 85-90% of all lead use) and ILA is active in supporting the research and development of lead-acid battery technologies through its management role in the Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC).

While the development of specific products is normally undertaken by individual battery manufacturers, the ALABC pre-competitive research programs play an important role in bringing new technology concepts from the lab to the demonstration marketplace cost effectively, at a faster pace and in a co-ordinated way that would not otherwise be possible by any single entity.

Membership and achievements

The Consortium’s international membership, comprised of lead producers, battery manufacturers, equipment and component suppliers, and research institutions, are encouraged to not only take part in the research and development efforts, but to engage in discussions regarding the future directions of the program and the lead-acid battery industry in general.

In the 20+ years of its existence, the ALABC’s research programs have helped to resolve major issues that have plagued lead-acid batteries in deep cycling and high-rate partial state of charge applications. Today, the Consortium is focused on overcoming issues related to performance in hybrid electric vehicles, grid-supporting and renewable energy storage systems, thereby enhancing lead-acid’s marketability in the face of increasing competition from emerging battery chemistries, ultra-capacitors and fuel cells. Read more about the achievements of the 2013-15 research programme.

The major functions of ALABC include:

  •  Commissioning fundamental science and applied engineering research to improve the performance of lead-based batteries.
  • Showcasing the capabilities of advanced lead-acid batteries in new applications.
  • Raising awareness with engineers and end-users of the new opportunities presented by advanced, carbon-enhanced lead-acid batteries.
  •  Identifying new market opportunities for advanced lead-acid batteries.
  • Identifying and assessing threats to existing markets from rapidly growing and improving competing technologies

Read more in the about the 2016-18 ALABC program

Find out more at the ALABC website

Also see:
Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium - Fact Sheet

Developing a low-cost hybrid electric car of the future - Case Study 

AABC Detroit 2016 - ALABC Exhibition Stand

The Economist - At last the 48V show - Upping the volts will make hybrid cars much cheaper

 

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