BATTERY PIONEERS: JOHN DEVITT

BATTERY PIONEERS: JOHN DEVITT Batteries International

Sealed lead acid batteries had been the goal of the battery industry since the time of Gaston Planté. But it was only in the 1960s that real advances were made. John Devitt was a key figure and early pioneer in the development of the first VRLA battery. John Devitt and the sealed lead acid battery…

David Prengaman

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. Historian Kevin Desmond reports. The Lead Pope R David Prengaman of Dallas,…

John Devitt

John Devitt Batteries International

Sealed lead acid batteries had been the goal of the battery industry since the time of Gaston Planté. But it was only in the 1960s that real advances were made. John Devitt was a key figure and early pioneer in the development of the first VRLA battery. Historian Kevin Desmond reports. John Devitt and sealed…

Michael Thackeray

Michael Thackeray Batteries International

Within days of arriving at Oxford University in 1981, South African chemist Michael Thackeray made a remarkable discovery that was eventually to have deep implications for the development of the lithium battery. Batteries International historian Kevin Desmond reports. The long and fruitful road to Argonne The energy storage business certainly has its strange facets. One…

James Sudworth

James Sudworth Batteries International

For almost half a century, Jim Sudworth of has been on a mission — often a bumpy one — to make a scientific and commercial success of the sodium battery. Kevin Desmond recounts his story. Pioneering days and the joys of sodium cience is not a profession for the faint-hearted. In addition to the ability…

Kathryn Bullock

Kathryn Bullock Batteries International

The conception, invention and development of the VRLA battery has been an almost exclusively male preserve but one woman has made a remarkable contribution to its evolution — and also to the theoretical and practical landscape of the modern energy storage industry. Batteries historian, Kevin Desmond spoke to Kathryn Bullock. Understanding is all-important Perhaps it’s…