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Interest grows in lead-acid battery progress at European show
The latest advances in lead-acid battery technology were a highlight of the recent 2012 Advanced Automotive Battery Conference Europe in Mainz, Germany.
One of the draws for conference delegates was the LC Super Hybrid demonstration vehicle that was on display outside the conference hall. The vehicle is based on a 1.4L TDI Volkswagen Passat and represents the latest partnership of the Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC) and other major automotive industry suppliers like Controlled Power Technologies (CPT), AVL Schrick, Provector and Valeo.
ALABC representatives were on hand to discuss the technical progress that has been made, including Program Manager Dr. Boris Monahov and European Projects Coordinator Allan Cooper, along with Mike Kellaway of Provector and Paul Bloore of CPT.
The conference itself drew representatives from all over the industry to examine the rapidly expanding advanced automotive battery market with a particular focus on the activities and needs of European automakers.
And while attendees heard more about lithium-ion, nickel metal hydride, and nickel-zinc batteries as well as ultra-capacitors, one session that was well-received was on “Energy Storage for Micro-Hybrids” chaired by Ford Research Aachen technical expert Dr. Eckhard Karden.
Dr. Karden’s presentation covered the requirements for the next generation of micro-hybrid batteries, discussing the various generator and storage systems and illustrating examples of increasing demands regarding dynamic charge acceptance (DCA), as well as test results for various lead-acid battery technologies.
For further information on the conference, visit www.advancedautobat.com
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