Ken Peters, 1928 – 2018

Ken Peters, 1928 – 2018 517 641 Batteries International

Ken Peters, one of the stalwarts of the lead battery industry for over half a century, died peacefully in his sleep yesterday morning. He was greatly admired for his deep knowledge of lead batteries from a technological and business perspective as well as his kindness and generosity. Historically Ken’s contribution to the industry is almost…

Digatron mourns sudden passing of most senior employee

Digatron mourns sudden passing of most senior employee Batteries International

Digatron Power Electronics has announced the sudden passing of the company’s most senior employee, Wolfram Mühlhausen, who died on June 26 just a day after his 66th birthday. The company says his death, from a pulmonary embolism, was completely unexpected. Mühlhausen, who became known as Mr Digatron to his customers, had been with the firm…

BATTERY HEROES: LAN LAM, JUN FURUKUWA

BATTERY HEROES: LAN LAM, JUN FURUKUWA Batteries International

Revolutionary. Perhaps that’s the only word for what was eventually to become the UltraBattery. The next leap forward in lead acid technology would not exist if it weren’t for the combined efforts of two particular men — Jun Furukawa and Lan Lam. The UltraBattery Two — taking concept to reality It should probably called the…

BATTERY PIONEERS: MARIA SKYLLAS-KAZACOS

BATTERY PIONEERS: MARIA SKYLLAS-KAZACOS Batteries International

The idea of flow batteries goes back to NASA research in the 1970s, but the honour of converting theory into practice using vanadium belongs to Maria Skyllas-Kazacos. Flow batteries are now an increasing part of utilities’ armoury for energy storage and grid balancing. Maria Skyllas-Kazacos aka… Lady Vanadium To Maria Skyllas-Kazacos goes the honour of turning…

BATTERY PIONEERS: JOHAN COETZER

BATTERY PIONEERS: JOHAN COETZER Batteries International

Developing a battery consisting of molten sodium was always going to be a challenge. But sodium sulfur and sodium nickel batteries are still around. Molten salt and zebras… The spike in oil prices in 1974 sent the developed world into a tizzy. The sudden reality was that the days of cheap energy were over. And…

BATTERY PIONEERS: STANLEY WHITTINGHAM

BATTERY PIONEERS: STANLEY WHITTINGHAM Batteries International

The creation of the lithium ion battery cell was the work — often collaborative but equally often on a competitive basis — of a handful of scientists around the world. Stanley Whittingham is one of that elite handful that can claim to be one of the lithium battery’s founding fathers. Reaching into the depths to…

BATTERY PIONEERS: DETCHKO PAVLOV

BATTERY PIONEERS: DETCHKO PAVLOV Batteries International

For the last 60 years Detchko Pavlov has been at the cutting edge of finding new ways to enhance the performance of lead acid batteries. A lifetime in lead “Detchko? He’s forgotten more about lead than I’ve ever known!“ The tribute coming from John Devitt, inventor of the VRLA battery and no intellectual slouch himself,…

BATTERY PIONEERS: KEN PETERS

BATTERY PIONEERS: KEN PETERS Batteries International

The development and commercialization of the valve regulated lead acid battery has been one of Ken Peters’ great contributions to the industry. VRLA: the next step For the past 30 years Ken Peters has been at the very heart of the development of the VRLA battery, effectively passing the baton on from John Devitt in…

BATTERY PIONEERS: MICHAEL THACKERAY

BATTERY PIONEERS: MICHAEL THACKERAY Batteries International

Within days of arriving at Oxford University in 1981, South African electrochemist Michael Thackeray made a remarkable discovery that was eventually to have deep implications for lithium battery development. Putting lithium in its place The recent pioneers of the lithium battery are diverse — an academic piece of research here, a minor breakthrough there —…

BATTERY PIONEERS: DAVID PRENGAMAN

BATTERY PIONEERS: DAVID PRENGAMAN Batteries International

The modern day lead acid battery would be very different — both more expensive and less efficient — were it not for the contribution of David Prengaman, one of the world’s top specialists in the metallurgy of lead alloys and related energy storage. The Lead Pope R David Prengaman of Dallas, Texas is one of…