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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.

Submissions for the 2020 Innovation Award have closed. For questions regarding the Innovation Award, contact BCI at +1.312.245.1074 or

Submission Guidelines

The following guidelines should be considered when submitting an innovation. Providing multiple supporting documents that align with these guidelines will give judges additional insight and clarity on your submission. All of the guidelines do not need to be met to qualify for consideration.

  • Sustainability - How does your submission show environmental stewardship? Provide tangible aspirations, goals and objectives in helping to create a greener tomorrow.
  • Safety - Does your submission show product and/or process stability? Can it be safely commercialized? Demonstrate a clear commitment to the safety of the general public and industry.
  • Cost - Can the submission be easily commercialized and/or provide cost-optimized advantages? Is it an affordable alternative to existing technologies and processes?
  • Performance - Show how your innovation meets its intended key objectives, goals and benefits.
  • Uniqueness - How does it differ from existing products? Information should clearly define what makes this product, process and/or discovery unique.
  • Value - How does the submission directly benefit the lead battery industry? Can the product be utilized outside of the company that created it?


Dick Amistadi | President, Amistadi Associates LLC

Don Karner | President, Electric Applications Incorporated

Dr. Boris Monahov Consultant, Monks Battery Consultants

Dr. Geoffrey May | Battery Consultant, FOCUS Battery Consulting

Congratulations to the 2019 Innovation Award Winner!

RSR Technologies' active R&D initiative in the secondary lead industry has produced a new alloy, SUPERSOFT-HYCYCLE, enabling lead batteries to function at 2x current standards. Use of the Advanced Photon Source at the Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory has helped verify this improvement. The alloy improves cycle life, dynamic charge acceptance and capacity. Read more.

Thank you to all companies that submitted their innovations. View all 2019 entries here. You may also view our playlist of all 2019 submissions.