BCI Committees

Strong and United Voices Advocate for the Industry

BCI is here to be a strong voice for the industry. To ensure the stability of the industry, we need the contributions of our members. Please consider whether your company would like to be active on any of our committees. We are always open to fresh ideas for improving BCI’s value to our members.

 

Advancing Lead Batteries Communications Initiative

The Advancing Lead Batteries Communications Initiative (ALBCI) was created in 2017 to increase awareness of the critical importance of lead batteries to power our daily lives. It serves as the communications management team for BCI and the lead battery industry. The committee is comprised of senior communications executives from BCI member companies and is focused on marketing and communicating lead battery industry objectives to policymakers and stakeholders. ALBCI meets biweekly via teleconference and at the annual convention and in October during Committee Week.

The group’s mission is to inform and educate stakeholders of the need for investment in innovative and sustainable lead battery technology to store and provide energy on demand.

ALBCI’s work is focused on six benefits of lead batteries: Sustainable, essential, innovative, safe, cost-effective and reliable.

To achieve its mission, ALBCI seeks to:

  • Communicate accurate information about the benefits of lead batteries via website, social media and conferences.
  • Engage with policymakers on the essentiality of lead batteries and innovative research to improve their performance for automotive and energy storage applications.
  • Create original content such as information briefs on the role of lead batteries in renewable energy and the circular economy to demonstrate that lead batteries are a part of the future.
  • Publish economic impact studies with data collected from BCI member companies to share with policymakers and the business community the strong economic contributions to the communities where they operate.

ALBCI’s work has received external recognition for the success of its program:

Staff Liaison: Lisa Dry

 

Convention Planning Committee

The committee provides support to the Headquarters staff as part of the site selection process for convention locations, assists in identifying speakers for the convention program and helps coordinate selected onsite logistics (i.e. golf tournament, Quarter Century Club Breakfast, etc.). Meets as needed. Click here for more information on the BCI Convention.

Data Book Committee

The Data Book Committee supervises the compilation of the yearly Data Book, working in conjunction with the organization hired by the Council. They shall also recommend any necessary new Group numbers. Meets three times per year – in January prior to the publication of the printed book, at the annual convention and in October during Committee Week.

Staff Liaison: Andrew Hamill

Deep Cycle & EV Committee

The Deep Cycle and Electric Vehicle Battery Committee is responsible for a broad scope of activities related to EV technology including among others, testing, safety, and statistics. It acts as a focal point for the application of lead-acid technologies in the emerging electric vehicle market. Meets two times per year – at the annual convention and in October during Committee Week.

Staff Liaison: Susan Bernard

Energy Storage Systems Initiative

The BCI Energy Storage Systems Initiative (ESSI) advocates for and supports the growing market for grid-connected energy storage systems by engaging federal and state regulators and utility companies to promote investment in lead battery research, development and deployment. The initiative follows the guiding policy statements:

  • In considering energy storage options, federal and state policymakers should evaluate all of the following: cost, reliability, safety, performance, full life-cycle impacts, recycle rates, and scalability.
  • Federally funded research into battery storage technologies should prioritize domestic battery industries, particularly those that have an established and comprehensive circular infrastructure in place.
  • Utilities should be encouraged to consider battery storage options in their integrated resource planning.
  • BCI supports market-driven policies that provide a framework for storage resources to participate in organized wholesale electricity markets and compete on a level playing field.

The ESSI meets monthly.

Staff Liaison: Roger Miksad

Environmental Health and Safety Committee

The Environmental Health and Safety Committee maintains an awareness of, and reports to the Board of Directors, developments related to:

  • Acceptable methods of waste disposal from battery factories and related operations such as lead smelter operations; and control of the establishment of allowable limits of pollutants in both air and water;
  • Lead absorption in the bodies of workers and others exposed to lead and like materials including the means of controlling lead in working areas;
  • Materials pertaining to the safety of batteries and related products which affect the industry, including packaging and labeling as required by Federal regulations or deemed helpful by the committee.
  • Product safety education programs, working in conjunction with the technical and other BCI committees, to disseminate product safety information.

Staff Liaison: Roger Miksad

Environmental Health and Safety Steering Committee

The Environmental Health and Safety Steering Committee reviews all matters under the jurisdiction of the Environmental Health and Safety Committee and, under the Board’s direction, coordinates advocacy efforts relating to those matters, including representing the industry at meetings and hearings called by government agencies and working with the agencies in preparing and implementing regulations. Meets monthly.

Staff Liaison: Roger Miksad

 

Flow Battery Working Group

The BCI Flow Battery Industry Group is responsible for a broad scope of activities related to flow battery technology including among others, testing, safety, and statistics.  It acts as a focal point for the application of flow batteries. The Flow Battery Industry Group:

  • Maintains an awareness of, and reports to the Board of Directors, developments related to demands and opportunities for North American flow battery manufacturing.
  • Develops and executes actions to promote the growth of the supply chain and market demand and to educate stakeholders.
  • Develops and executes actions to promote safety protocols and best practices for flow batteries and related products which affect the industry.
  • Updates and establishes standard test specifications, application and component definitions, and consensus operating terminology for flow battery systems and related equipment.

Staff Liaison: Susan Bernard

Industrial Battery Charger Committee

The Industrial Battery and Charger Technical Committee considers all matters of a technical nature affecting the industrial battery industry;  and updates and establishes standard test specifications and procedures for industrial battery chargers, motive power and valve regulated standby batteries. The committee works in conjunction with the Industrial Battery Committee and  other committees in developing and distributing, through publications and other channels, information on the design, manufacturing, marketing, distribution usage and disposal/recycling of industrial batteries. Meets two times per year – at the annual convention and in October during Committee Week.

Staff Liaison: Susan Bernard

Marketing Committee

The Marketing Committee analyzes industry trends and practices; they identify gaps in communication within the lead battery industry as well as between the lead battery industry and external parties such as consumers and regulators. They also work to establish and disseminate lead battery labeling standards to their companies. The committee is responsible for the production of BCI’s monthly newsletter, The Energy Beacon and has a subcommittee dedicated to educating lead battery retailers and scrapyards about the dangers that occur when lithium-ion batteries enter the lead battery-recycling stream. Meets two times per year – at the annual convention and in October during Committee Week.

Staff Liaison: Jessica Delgado

Product Information Committee

This committee contains the former Marketing and Statistical and Traffic Committees in an expanded role. The committee provides all factions of the industry the opportunity to comment on product releases. It also considers all matters pertaining to traffic problems within the industry, and represents the industry at all hearings and meetings called by the proper authorities for consideration of rates, rulings, etc. Meets two times per year at the annual convention and in October during Committee Week.

Staff Liaison: Andrew Hamill

Technical Committee

The Technical Committee considers all matters of a technical nature affecting the industry; continues to establish and update standard test specifications and procedures for all classes of batteries manufactured for which our membership has a need; and works in conjunction with the Product Information and other committees to develop and distribute, through publications and other channels, information on the design, manufacturing, marketing, distribution usage and disposal/recycling of lead-acid batteries. Meetings four times per year – Late-January/early-February, at the annual convention, late-July/early-August, and in October during Committee Week.

Staff Liaison: Susan Bernard

 

For more information about joining a BCI Committee, contact info@batterycouncil.org

There's a lot of room for growth in ... lead battery chemistry ... it's something that would really make it even more competitive for things like stationary storage.

Dr. Tim Fister, Materials Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory