December 19, 2019: Lead battery veteran Bob Galyen, who recently left Chinese lithium battery giant CATL after eight years as its chief technology officer, is to join electrolyte start-up Tydrolyte’s advisory board, the company said on December 4.
Galyen, who is also chairman of the Battery Standards Steering Committee at the Society of Automotive Engineers and a former chairman of NAATBatt International, joins former ALABC technical program manager Boris Monahov and former EPA administrator Stephen Johnson on the Tydrolyte board.
Among the companies he has worked for are Magna, Delphi and General Motors, where he worked on the very first EV1 program powered by lead batteries.
During his time at CATL (China Amperex Technology Ltd), Galyen helped to expand the company to more than 25,000 staff and cement the company’s position as the world’s largest manufacturer of lithium batteries.
“The global automotive battery industry is experiencing tremendous growth, and I believe Tydrolyte has a unique opportunity to play a critical role in the global race to develop and commercialize new technologies that deliver less expensive and longer lasting batteries,” Galyen said.
Tydrolyte unveiled its electrolyte, of the same name, at the European Lead Battery Conference in Vienna in 2018.
CEO Paul Bundschuh said at the time that the firm already had several patents pending for its new electrolyte, which he said could potentially replace the sulfuric acid in lead acid batteries without the need for any other equipment or process changes.
“Our chemistry has the same negative sulfate so the core reactions are the same as with sulfuric acid, but our positive ion structure is completely different than what’s in sulfuric acid,” he said.
“Bob Galyen has unmatched expertise and brings a wealth of industry experience to the advisory board, including insights to the Chinese market, that will be instrumental as we move closer to commercializing our novel lead acid battery electrolyte technology.”
Tydrolyte says it has signed testing agreements with several of the largest US and international lead battery manufacturers, which were evaluating Tydrolyte in their batteries.
It also says independent test results from the firm Electric Applications Inc show that the electrolyte increases battery life, efficiency and charge acceptance.