And the innovation winner is ENTEK …

And the innovation winner is ENTEK …

And the innovation winner is ENTEK … 768 1024 Batteries International

May 3, 2024: The most eagerly awaited accolade of this year’s special centenary BCI conference in Fort Lauderdale, was the annual Innovation Award. Set up in 2016 as a tribute to East Penn’s CEO Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz following her untimely death in 2014, this year’s award sparked the most entries ever — 12 in all — including two from the lithium side of the industry.

The quality of the entrants was hailed as excellent by a judging panel comprising: George Brilmyer, Tim Ellis, Bob Flicker, Don Karner, Geoffrey May and Boris Monahov.

And the outstanding winner was ENTEK for its solvent-free separator technology, providing an elegant technical and environmental solution that doesn’t sacrifice strength or performance.

“ENTEK’s new battery separator technology represents the kind of sustainable and practical innovations that are building the future of the energy storage industry,” said Roger Miksad, chair of BCI.

“We are proud to recognize ENTEK, and the spirit of progress that its innovative solution represents for this industry.”

ENTEK explained that the term “polyethylene separator” is a misnomer — these separators require large amounts of precipitated silica to be sufficiently acid wettable.

“Innovation is a core value and centered in ENTEK’s culture and passion for using materials science expertise and technical capabilities to solve the industry’s most complex challenges. ENTEK is developing technologies for the next generation of separator products to help our customers manage increasingly stringent regulatory and societal challenges for producing high performance energy storage products,” said Rick Pekala, CTO for ENTEK.

Battery manufacturers can their use this separator product within their existing capital equipment and manufacturing processes.