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2020 Innovation Award

Every year, hundreds of innovations occur within the lead battery industry – from packaging and technology to equipment, chemistry and beyond. The goal of the Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz Innovation Award is to collect all of these innovations and showcase them to both the industry and the public. 

The award was established to honor industry thought leader, Sally Breidegam Miksiewicz, former CEO of East Penn Manufacturing Co.

Congratulations to the 2020 Innovation Award Winner!

New Zealand-based ArcActive has re-engineered the negative electrode of the lead battery to remove the lead grid and replace it with a non-woven carbon fibre fabric (AACarbon™). The benefit of this innovation is that it solves a major technical challenge facing the industry: Achieving high and sustained dynamic charge acceptance while delivering very low water consumption. The company expects the technology has the potential to double the fuel efficiency (and result in CO2 reduction) of the hybrid system in micro hybrid vehicles – which are forecast to be the mass-market car for decades to come. Read more.

Daramic and TBS Engineering received honorable mentions for their submissions.

Thank you to all companies that submitted their innovations. View all 2020 entries here. You may also view our playlist of all 2020 video submissions.