June 19, 2019: Bi-polar battery firm Advanced Battery Concepts appointed Michael Everett as chief operating officer, the firm announced on June 18. Everett is an industry veteran, most recently working as senior vice president of Trojan Battery and formerly CTO at Maxwell Technologies.
The appointment came as EnerSys announced it was moving further towards commercializing the GreenSeal technology that it licensed from ABC two years ago. The firm also said it planned to expand its thin plate pure lead capacity over the next three years by more than $500 million a year.
“GreenSeal technology and next generation TPPL offers great promise for the continued relevance and viability for lead acid batteries,” said Joern Tinnemeyer, chief technology officer at EnerSys.
“No other technology combines superior lead acid battery performance along with manufacturability as we have seen in GreenSeal batteries. The technology will leverage many parts of our existing TPPL expertise, supply chain, plant and equipment.”
Speaking to BESBon the sidelines of the ILA lead conference in Madrid, ABC CEO Ed Shaffer said the focus of the company was to industrialize its technology so that it could be used in the mass manufacture of batteries.
“We’re not interested in extending the cycle life any further – it’s good enough, and wouldn’t make business sense,” he said. “With our technology we are taking 40% of the lead out, and that’s why our batteries are cheaper and lighter. I can see them one day competing for life cycle with lithium, although that’s going to take a while.
“The faster we can get our licensees up to scale production, the faster our investors will get their money back.”
Shaffer said his team had set up a Green Seal Alliance in March, which enabled suppliers to work directly with ABC and better understand the technological transition to bi-polar batteries.
“Some 95% of innovation comes from suppliers, so if they understand bi-polar batteries and how to make them better, that’s good for us and our customers,” he said.