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Energy Storage with Lead Battery Technology Workshop

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Friday, October 13, 2017

The Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC) is organizing a half-day seminar on November 24 to discuss the technical and economic aspects of lead battery technology for utility and renewable energy storage applications.

The workshop will highlight the performance, economic and sustainability advantages of using lead batteries in these applications and contracts this with other types of batteries. Recent successful demonstration projects will be described, and delegates will have an opportunity to discuss the options for battery energy storage with industry experts.

This seminar is free to attend, but delegates must register with Maura McDermott at by Friday, November 3. The full agenda can be found here.

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International Lead Association (ILA) Releases Statement on EU Battery Summit

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Updated: Friday, October 13, 2017

Today, the EU Commission hosted a summit in Brussels involving European industry, Member States and financial institutions to identify and explore opportunities to complete the gaps in the battery value chain in Europe and discuss actions needed for the EU to remain competitive in this area.

The meeting focused on the race to decarbonise transportation and the role of advanced lithium battery manufacturing and new technologies to meet the demand for clean energy.

The ILA agrees there is an urgent need for a clear European framework that supports innovation in battery technology. But this must recognise and support the future potential for all battery types, including lead batteries:

Ensure Technology Neutrality. Whilst the Commission is addressing the transition to zero-emissions vehicles, the reality is that internal combustion and electric engines are expected to co-exist for the foreseeable future. Therefore, we must remain technology neutral and encourage the continued development of all battery chemistries through appropriate financial and legislative stimulus.

Meet Existing Demand. Sixty percent of all vehicles sold in Europe in 2016 incorporated stop-start, lead battery technology. Lead batteries are also present in micro-hybrid vehicles and electric vehicles. In fact, virtually every vehicle on the road in Europe today relies on a lead battery, and this demand will continue into the foreseeable future for transportation and critical industrial applications.

Further Reduce Emissions. Lead batteries also play a vital, cost-effective and proven role in further reducing CO2 emissions in all types of vehicles, including start-stop and micro-hybrids.

Highest Recycling Rate. Lead batteries are the most recycled consumer product on the planet, with a 99 percent collection and recycling rate in Europe. In contrast, there is presently no commercially available process to economically recycle the majority of lithium batteries.

Support Environmental Sustainability. By design, lead batteries are easily dismantled and can be (and are) infinitely – and safely – recycled, reducing reliance on the use of primary materials. Currently, 80 percent of a new lead battery is comprised of recycled materials. This is a stark contrast to many of the newer battery technologies that rely heavily on substances that are considered critical raw materials.

Continue Global Success. The EU is already a world leader in lead battery innovation, manufacturing and recycling, employing over 25,000 people.

For these reasons, the ILA urges the European Commission to support the innovative future of lead batteries, a trusted, essential and irreplaceable link in meeting Europe’s changing energy needs.


Dr. Andy Bush
Managing Director, International Lead Association, London
+44 (0)20 7833 8090

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An Update on BCI’s Advancing Lead Batteries Communications Initiative: Communicating the Essentiality of Lead Batteries

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Monday, September 25, 2017

BCI’s Advancing Lead Batteries Communications Initiative (ALBCI) has been in the development stage for more than a year, and recently, there have been several important developments:

  • On August 31, Lisa Dry was hired as BCI’s director of strategic communications; she will lead ALBCI and work closely with an advisory group, comprised of individuals from East Penn Manufacturing, EnerSys, Exide Technologies, Gopher Resource, Johnson Controls, RSR Corporation, Teck Metals, The Doe Run Company and the International Lead Association (ILA).
  • The communications campaign is titled “Essential Energy Everyday” and the primary communications vehicle, was launched this summer. It highlights four key attributes associated with lead batteries: sustainable, essential, innovative and safe.
  • More recently, a Twitter and Facebook presence were created to support and reinforce the targeted messaging of the initiative.

Follow us on our social channels to stay current on innovation that is “Powered By Lead Batteries.” To learn more about ALBCI and Lisa Dry, view the full article here.

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BCI Welcomes Lisa Dry, Director of Strategic Communications

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Thursday, September 14, 2017

BCI is pleased to announce Lisa Dry has joined the BCI Headquarters team as Director of Strategic Communications. Lisa will be responsible for the strategic planning, execution and reporting of the Advancing Lead Batteries Communications Initiative.

The initiative seeks to raise awareness of the importance of lead batteries, as well as inform and educate stakeholders on the need for continued investment in sustainable battery technologies. Lisa will manage the work of a public affairs agency and develop the initiative to enhance the perceptions of the industry.

Prior to joining BCI, Lisa served as Senior Director of Communications for the American Chemistry Council. In that role, she provided strategic communications guidance and served as the media spokesperson for the Chemical Product and Technology Division, which included more than 70 different product and technology groups involved in the business of chemistry. She also spent two years as the principal of Dry Strategies where she delivered strategic planning, editorial services, media training and issue management services to a variety of biotechnology clients.

Visit to learn more about the Advancing Lead Batteries Communications initiative and follow the social media channels to stay abreast of campaign news and information.

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Innovation Is Happening at Your Company. Share It with BCI.

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Thursday, September 7, 2017

"The best way to predict the future is to create it."
- Alan Kay, Computer Scientist and Adjunct Professor, MIT

BCI wants to showcase the hundreds of innovations in the lead battery industry. From packaging to chemistry and beyond, every innovation has an impact on our industry and contributes to a positive perception that we are growing and advancing to accommodate a changing market.

In order to celebrate these innovations, BCI needs your assistance. If you, or your company, have implemented a new innovation over the past year, we strongly encourage you to submit it for consideration for the 2018 Innovation Award. Even the smallest changes help push the industry forward.

What does submitting an innovation mean for you?

  • A stake in helping change a common stereotype of the lead battery industry
  • A video showcase to over 600 industry stakeholders and logo recognition at the 2018 BCI Convention + Power Mart Expo
  • Recognition in the BCI conference program, mobile app, website and industry publications

Join the conversation about the future of lead batteries and share your innovation with BCI today.

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Industry Mourns Passing of Academician Professor Dr. Detchko Pavlov

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Academician Professor Dr. Detchko Pavlov of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, one of Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium’s (ALABC) most prominent and active scientific partners and supporters, has passed at the age of 87 on Friday, August 25, 2017.

His life and passion were devoted to understanding and improving lead batteries, as well as helping those who study, design and produce them to be more successful. He belonged to the most well-known supporters of the ALABC work and mission. His unique contributions to the ALABC projects, which included six full projects plus two project-like extensions, with the lead-acid battery department of IEES (former CLEPS) of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, headed by Pavlov, provided outstanding value to these initiatives and inspired several researchers and engineers working on other projects, as well as future projects.

The ongoing ALABC project Pavlov managed will be continued by his colleagues in Sofia.

Many of Pavlov’s colleagues and friends express his loss: “Detchko was a great man who led his strong team in the scientific study of lead-acid batteries without the financial advantages of his contemporaries in other parts of the world,” said Dr. Boris Monahov, PhD, habil., Program Manager, Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium.

“He loved many things in life: his beloved wife, his cottage in the mountains, his colleagues at CLEPS, teaching people how to build better batteries, and lead acid batteries. I will miss him very much, the battery industry will miss him, his friends throughout the world will miss him, but most of all lead acid batteries will miss him. Throughout his life Detchko was an example of someone connecting people and sharing ideas, learning and building together, and seems his spirit still is and will be connecting us.”

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New BCI Study Identifies Difference in Blood Lead Absorption Rate Based on Particle Size

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Monday, August 28, 2017


August 28, 2017

CHICAGO ---     The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to research on workplace conditions and safety, recently published an independent study sponsored by the Battery Council International (BCI) that found that the airborne lead particle size observed in lead battery manufacturing and secondary smelter facilities significantly changes previously held assumptions about lead absorption rates.

While other studies have been conducted to investigate occupational lead exposure, the new study is the first modern study to analyse actual workplace lead-in-air data collected in the U.S. It finds that the lead in air at lead battery manufacturing facilities (BMFs) and secondary smelter facilities (SSFs) has a larger particle size than was previously assumed, which could dramatically reduce the rate at which workers absorb lead into the body. As prior studies have shown, the size of the airborne lead particle plays a significant role in absorption rates because particle size determines where and how much airborne lead is deposited into the respiratory tract and stomach and then subsequently is absorbed into the body. The study posits that this means that prior modelling efforts likely over-estimate the rate at which airborne lead would be absorbed by workers’ bodies.

The study is based on monitoring at nine BMFs and five SSFs across the country. The data showed the presence of predominantly larger-sized particles in the work environments evaluated, with average mass median aerodynamic diameters (MMADs) ranging from 21 to 32 µm at BMFs and from 15 to 25 µm at SSF. Data concluded that the presence of submicron range lead mass measured at these facilities was generally small, from 0.8-3.3 percent at BMFs and 0.44-6.1 percent at SSFs.

“Data collection of this kind is crucial to properly setting occupational exposure limits for lead,” said Mark O. Thorsby, BCI’s Executive Vice President. “This report introduces a new variable to consider when determining safety standards at battery manufacturing facilities and other facilities dealing with lead.”

Access the full report in Volume 14, Issue 8 of the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, or read it here.


Claire Sereiko
Associate Director of Marketing

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KPS Capital Partners Acquires C&D Technologies

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Thursday, August 24, 2017

On August 22, KPS Capital Partners, LP (KPS) announced its acquisition of BCI member company C&D Technologies, Inc. (C&D or the Company), a global leader in solutions and services for the utility, telecommunications, uninterruptible power supply, cable, broadband and renewable energy markets.

C&D manufactures, engineers, supplies and services fully integrated reserve power systems for regulating and monitoring power flow and providing backup. The acquisition will pair KPS’ capital resource and commitment to research and development with C&D’s growth initiatives.

Read the full release. 

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New 2017 Impact Report Puts Lead Batteries Among Top Five Performers

Posted By BCI Headquarters, Monday, August 14, 2017


August 14, 2017

CHICAGO ---     What do computers, lead batteries, household paper products, leafy vegetables and diapers have in common? Their sustainability, according to a new report released by The Sustainability Consortium (TSC), a global organization with a mission to help make consumer products worldwide more sustainable.

In July, TSC released its 2017 Impact Report, titled "The Call for Collective Action Across Supply Chains." In that report, lead batteries were one of only five consumer product categories that scored 64 and over (top score was 100). The elite club was singled out for high scores in sustainability key performance indicators (KPI's) developed by TSC and self-reported via survey.

The TSC report concluded that lead batteries scored high in the category involving worker health and safety, where the industry has invested in systems and technology. It also scored high KPI's in product stewardship and recycled content, demonstrating an industry-wide commitment to closing the loop.

Steve Binks, regulatory affairs director with the International Lead Association (ILA), said it's re-assuring that an organization such as TSC has recognised lead batteries for their sustainability credentials.

"No other energy storage system can achieve the 99 percent collection and recycling rate or the high recycled content of a lead battery." He added that lead batteries continue to advance, meeting the world's changing energy needs.

"Lead batteries are critical for many green technologies, such as hybrid and electric vehicles, and to store and optimize renewable energy. They are truly an essential, innovative and sustainable product that powers and protects our way of life."

ILA members provide a critical role in this sustainability success story by ensuring that every used lead battery is collected and recycled to produce materials that can be used to make a new battery. Download TSC's 2017 Impact Report at Watch this video to learn more about how lead batteries have become the most recycled consumer product in the United States.


Claire Sereiko
Associate Director of Marketing

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Download the Battery Service Manual 14th Edition

Posted By BCI Headquarters , Monday, July 31, 2017

The 14th edition of the Battery Service Manual is now available as a downloadable PDF in the BCI Store. The new edition has been simplified to provide the high-level basics you need when determining required batteries. Other updates on the 14th edition include:

  • New vehicle applications, such as start-stop
  • Contemporary battery designs, for example the enhanced flooded battery
  • Growing label rating methods, namely 20-hour

Member Price: $6.00
Non-Member Price: $10.00

For a limited time only! Receive 50% off the printed 13th edition Battery Service Manual*. This means BCI members can purchase the manual for only $5.00.  

To purchase other manuals, such as the Battery Technical Manual or the Battery Labeling Manual, visit the BCI Store.

*While supplies last

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