June 17, 2022
CLARE, MI, USA and SOFIA, BULGARIA – Joint Release – June 9, 2022 – Advanced Battery Concepts, LLC. (ABC) and Monbat AD 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 Gigawatt (GWh) facility to be built in Bulgaria. Forecast for the investment is about 16M EUR. (approximately U.S. $17M).
In the first stage of the program, Advanced Battery Concepts 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.
“Monbat’s aggressive adoption of the GreenSeal® technology for next generation products is important for more than just economic reasons” said Dr. Edward Shaffer II, Founder and CEO of Advanced Battery Concepts. “While the bottom-line results are important to Monbat’s business, there are three additional benefits that are important to our companies. Providing energy storage products and solutions that are environmentally, socially, and economically responsible are vital benefits of ABC’s GreenSeal® bipolar battery technology”, he continued. As Dr. Shaffer stated, “GreenSeal® technology through efficient manufacturing processes and material utilization has a reduced carbon footprint compared to other energy storage products and is a chemistry, based on the lead industry ecosystem, making it part of the most recycled products in the world.”
“Monbat is determined to become the first mass scale producer of bipolar lead-acid batteries in the world. GreenSeal® technology will offer vital benefits for industrial battery clients. The demand for more efficient BESS and more stringent environmental requirements in terms of circularity and less greenhouse gas emissions are about to find optimal solutions in the joint product, developed by ABC and Monbat”, Viktor Spiriev, Monbat CEO stated. “ABC GreenSeal® batteries use less lead, as Dr. Shaffer pointed out, which provides a triple advantage. It is aligned with these vital benefits by reducing cost and transport and reducing raw materials content for the same energy thereby reducing the need for additional mining, metallurgy, and refining processes”.