Lead battery veteran Gelbke becomes 30th Alpha-Beta member

Lead battery veteran Gelbke becomes 30th Alpha-Beta member

Lead battery veteran Gelbke becomes 30th Alpha-Beta member 433 586 Batteries International

October 18, 2023: The Alpha-Beta Society, an informal group of scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the development of the lead acid battery industry, has appointed Manfred Gelbke as its 30th member.

Gelbke (pictured), who has a doctorate in chemistry from Humboldt University, started his career in the lead battery industry in 1985.

He has worked as head of R&D and in several other positions at industrial battery producer BAE in Germany up to 1999.

In 2000, he moved to Akkumulatorenfabrik MOLL as head of R&D and technical customer support.

He then took on responsibility for development of automotive batteries (Pb-Ca-flooded, AGM, EFB) and battery monitoring systems.

At the 14th European lead Battery Conference in 2014, on behalf of several other researchers and academics, Gelbke presented a paper entitled the  Influence of the Interactions Between Carbon and Organic Expander on the Crystallization Behaviour of Lead in Lead Acid Battery Electrodes.

He ‘retired’ from the industry in 2015 — when he launched a lead battery technology consultancy for Europe and Asia.

Gelbke’s expertise includes the development and introduction to market of enhanced flooded batteries for micro-hybrid cars.

He has also worked on acid stratification, impedance-based battery diagnostics, interaction between carbon and organic expanders and authored, with Christian Mondoloni, the chapter Flooded starting-lighting-ignition and enhanced flooded batteries for the textbook Lead-Acid Batteries for Future Automobiles.

The Alpha-Beta Society was co-founded by Ernst Voss (Varta) and David Rand (CSIRO) in 1989. The objective was for lead battery scientists to collaborate — and socialize — while grappling with the ever-emerging demands that new applications place upon the science of lead batteries.

The society appoints one new member every year — last year’s appointee was Mark Stevenson.

Alpha-Beta grand master Juergen Garche told Batteries International the society will formally commemorate Gelbke’s election early next month.