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ElectriPlast Demonstrates Bipolar Battery with Conductive Plastic Plates
CANTON, Mich.— Integral Technologies, Inc., and its wholly owned subsidiary, ElectriPlast Corp., recently reported that they have successfully demonstrated a prototype 12v lead acid bipolar battery with its patent pending ElectriPlast plates. Both companies are engaged in the discovery, development, and commercialization of electrically conductive hybrid plastics used primarily as raw materials in the production of industrial, commercial, and consumer products and services worldwide.
“The follow-up inquiries from our unveiling/demonstration at The Battery Show 2015 and Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Conference and Expo have been overwhelming,” said Doug Bathauer, president and chief executive officer of Integral Technologies, in a press release. “Based on feedback received at the show, we believe our plate technology could be a game changer. We are now working with multiple battery companies in several sectors.”
The demand for advanced lead acid technology continues to be strong, as evidenced by Johnson Controls’ recent announcement to invest over $500 million to increase worldwide manufacturing capacity and more than double production in China, the world’s largest car market. China’s aggressive fuel economy initiatives are accelerating consumption of lead acid batteries, a ‘tried-and-true’ technology, while lithium ion struggles to meet cost hurdles. Integral is leveraging its relationships with Hanwha and Chang Rim to drive growth in the fast growing Asia markets.
“ElectriPlast redefines bipolar plate design based on a plate core made of highly conductive loaded resins and with metal/lead covered surfaces,” said Electriplast Vice President of Engineering Slobodan “Bob” Pavlovic, in a statement. “The molding process for our bipolar battery allows us to produce a nearly unlimited number of 3D shapes and sizes which allow the bipolar plate and integral structures to be executed in any desired embodiment, and the inherent conductivity of ElectriPlast eliminates the need for conductive vias or other means to connect electrically two sides of the plate.” For more on conductive polymers, see Can Technology Be Too Disruptive?
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