Monbat and ABC target commercialization of bipolar lead batteries

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Monbat and ABC target commercialization of bipolar lead batteries

Advanced Battery Concepts (ABC) and Bulgaria’s Monbat agreed on a product development program for the design of a commercial bipolar battery, based on ABC’s patented GreenSeal technology, for mass scale production at a future Monbat manufacturing 1 GWh facility to be built in Bulgaria. Forecast for the investment is about EUR 16 million.

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In the first stage of the program, ABC will produce, in its expanded Clare, MI plant, the so-called Alpha Samples of Block B batteries. Block B is a 48-volt, 32 amp-hour industrial battery, aimed at telecom and battery energy storage systems (BESS) applications. The batteries will be delivered to existing Monbat clients and special projects requiring BESS, for on-site deployment, thus supplying the necessary data for the future mass-scale production. Monbat has intensively tested prototype Block B batteries since 2019, in the company’s certified testing laboratories.

Bipolar batteries will offer significant advantages in the industrial battery sector, improving performance, durability, and cost of production/acquisition and at the same time reducing lead and weight, while remaining fully recyclable.

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