Battery Heroes

Ken Peters, 1928 – 2018 517 641 Batteries International

Ken Peters, 1928 – 2018

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…

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Digatron mourns sudden passing of most senior employee Batteries International

Digatron mourns sudden passing of most senior employee

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…

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BATTERY HEROES: LAN LAM, JUN FURUKUWA Batteries International

BATTERY HEROES: LAN LAM, JUN FURUKUWA

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…

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BATTERY PIONEERS: MARIA SKYLLAS-KAZACOS Batteries International

BATTERY PIONEERS: MARIA SKYLLAS-KAZACOS

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…

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BATTERY PIONEERS: JOHAN COETZER Batteries International

BATTERY PIONEERS: JOHAN COETZER

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…

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BATTERY PIONEERS: STANLEY WHITTINGHAM Batteries International

BATTERY PIONEERS: STANLEY WHITTINGHAM

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.…

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BATTERY PIONEERS: DETCHKO PAVLOV Batteries International

BATTERY PIONEERS: DETCHKO PAVLOV

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?…

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BATTERY PIONEERS: KEN PETERS Batteries International

BATTERY PIONEERS: KEN PETERS

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…

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BATTERY PIONEERS: MICHAEL THACKERAY Batteries International

BATTERY PIONEERS: MICHAEL THACKERAY

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…

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BATTERY PIONEERS: DAVID PRENGAMAN Batteries International

BATTERY PIONEERS: DAVID PRENGAMAN

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…

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