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Clare Goldsberry

June 17, 2016

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Advanced Battery Concepts and Integral Technologies announce joint technology assessment program

Integral Technologies Inc., an emerging lightweighting leader based in Bellingham, WA, and its wholly owned subsidiary ElectriPlast Corp. (Canton, MI) recently announced that Advanced Battery Concepts (ABC; Clare, MI), an industry-recognized technology developer of large format bi-polar batteries, has entered into a Joint Technology Assessment Program (JTAP) agreement.

An alternative to metal parts, Electriplast technology is as conductive as metal while enabling lightweighting and design freedom.

The JTAP will involve the use of the ElectriPlast bi-polar plate in the existing architecture of the ABC GreenSeal 12-V battery for the purpose of assessing the performance, efficacy and cost efficiency of Integral’s ElectriPlast bi-polar plate. The JTAP will evaluate the production readiness of bi-polar batteries manufactured with ElectriPlast bi-plate materials and processes, as well as measure key performance metrics including capacity, capacity at rate, high-temperature stand loss and cycle life.

ABC’s GreenSeal bi-polar advanced lead acid batteries have been developed over the last five years and are protected with global patent coverage. ABC’s GreenSeal technology reduces the lead content of a traditional lead acid battery by over 46% and batteries are fully recyclable in today’s existing recycling system. ABC’s GreenSeal battery performance significantly exceeds the performance of existing VRLA batteries demonstrating longer cycle life, lighter weight, higher power and lower cost of manufacture. ABC’s GreenSeal batteries are ideal for a range of applications.”

“I always love to see new technologies coming into the lead-acid battery space,” said Dr. Edward O. Shaffer II, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Advanced Battery Concepts. “I am a firm believer that the bi-polar battery is the lead-acid battery of the future. We prototyped a battery a few months ago with ElectriPlast bi-polar plates and we are very keen to explore its full potential. The JTAP will allow us to fully explore ElectriPlast’s bi-plate technology to assess its suitability for inclusion within our bi-polar battery for specific applications. It is an exciting time to be working on novel bi-polar solutions for the lead acid battery industry.”

Doug Bathauer, President and CEO, Integral Technologies, commented, “We’re thrilled to be working with Ed Shaffer and the Advanced Battery Concepts team. We learned very early on in our bi-polar plate development, that they are regarded as the technology leaders in the lead-acid, bi-polar battery industry. As the quest for improved energy storage continues on many fronts, lead acid remains dominant. We believe that lead acid bi-polar technology represents a significant improvement over existing lead acid technologies with the potential to replace the majority of existing battery designs in the near future.”

Slobodan “Bob” Pavlovic, Vice President, Engineering of ElectriPlast, directs material research, product development and design initiatives for the company. He remarked that ElectriPlast offers an alternative bi-polar plate design based on a plate core made of highly conductive loaded resins and with metal/lead covered surfaces. “The molding process for our bi-polar plate allows the flexibility to produce a nearly unlimited number of 3D shapes and sizes, which allow the bi-polar and integral structures to be executed in any desired embodiment,” he said. “This flexibility allows us to fit our ElectriPlast bi-polar plate into the existing ABC 12-V bi-polar battery, which is the perfect platform for the evaluation of our technology via direct comparison with their state-of-the-art product.”

About the Author(s)

Clare Goldsberry

Until she retired in September 2021, Clare Goldsberry reported on the plastics industry for more than 30 years. In addition to the 10,000+ articles she has written, by her own estimation, she is the author of several books, including The Business of Injection Molding: How to succeed as a custom molder and Purchasing Injection Molds: A buyers guide. Goldsberry is a member of the Plastics Pioneers Association. She reflected on her long career in "Time to Say Good-Bye."

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