September 12, 2019: Battery Council International is accepting submissions for the 2020 Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Innovation Award, the organization announced on September 11.
The awards, which are now in their fifth year, celebrate innovations in six categories — sustainability, safety, cost, performance, uniqueness and value.
Entries for next year’s award must be submitted by February 7, 2020.
“Prepare to be amazed!” said Kevin Moran, executive vice president of BCI. “We expect there will be any number of astounding submissions for 2020, all highlighting the tremendous focus our industry has demonstrated in improving our processes, products, and our stewardship.”
This year’s winner was RSR Technologies for its work with the Argonne National Laboratory, which resulted in the production of a new lead alloy, SUPERSOFT-HYCYCLE.
The alloy enables lead batteries to function at twice current standards, and performance was verified by studying real-time crystallization of lead plates using the ANL’s Advanced Photo Source.
Microporous and Narada received honourable mentions for their submissions, the former for its dynamic charge acceptance booster, the latter for its large-scale application of lead-carbon batteries in grid-level frequency regulation energy storage systems.
Next year’s BCI Convention and Power Mart Expo will be held in Las Vegas on April 26-28.