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2011


B-LAB: Changing the game for lead acid

Steve Clark



Lead acid batteries are often viewed as at the end of the development cycle and are being overlooked for important emerging markets, such as grid-scale storage and urban EV’s. Yet, an alternative "bipolar" architecture could offer significant performance and cost advantages over conventional monopolar designs. This paper presents an advanced bipolar lead-acid battery (B-LAB), which has been extensively validated. This technology leverages the existing lead acid production and recycling infrastructure. The performance and manufacturing economics of BLAB are examined and compared to Li-ion for stationary and light-duty urban EV’s.


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