U.S. Battery Manufacturing Suspends Exports Of Its Deep-Cycle Battery Products To Russia

Due to the current geopolitical situation, U.S. Battery Manufacturing is suspending all exports of its products to Russia. “We are concerned for the people of Ukraine and their suffering as a result of the aggressive military actions taken by the Russian government,” said U.S. Battery COO Don Wallace. “In response, we will not be exporting any further U.S. Battery products to Russia. We will continue to pray, and offer support to the Ukrainian people in the hopes that this unprovoked act of violence ends as quickly as possible.”

U.S. Battery has been exporting to Russia for more than 10-years and is a major global supplier of deep-cycle batteries that are used in numerous industries. For more information on U.S. Battery’s products, visit www.usbattery.com.

INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS TO MODERN BATTERY-POWER NEEDS

The rechargeable lead-acid battery has been in continuous development since its initial introduction separately by Siemens, Sinsteden, and Planté during the period of 1852 – 1859. Since then, battery manufacturers such as U.S. Battery, which is celebrating its 95th anniversary this year, have continually sought to improve upon the performance, life, and efficiency of deep-cycle batteries for various commercial and industrial uses.

Deep-Cycle batteries’ overall dependability, cost-effectiveness, and recyclability have enabled them to continue in widespread use since their initial development. When John Anderson took over the reins of U.S. Battery early in the company’s history, he believed it was essential to look for ways to improve upon the basic battery technology. Over the decades, U.S. Battery has continued Mr. Anderson’s legacy by modernizing and innovating deep-cycle battery designs in multiple ways. These improvements enable the company’s products to stay ahead of the changing demands of consumers and the various industries it serves.

One of the first innovations by U.S. Battery was to increase the efficiency of the grid alloys used in the current collectors called grids. Historically, during cycling, the positive grids would slowly corrode, and grid corrosion was found to be a primary failure mode. U.S. Battery improved upon the corrosion resistance of the grids by adding selenium to the antimony grid alloys. The addition of selenium acts as a grain refiner to produce a fine-grain alloy that increases its strength and electrical conductivity as well as reduces corrosion. The effect of this improvement is that positive grid corrosion is no longer a primary failure mode, and the cycle life of F.L.A. deep-cycle batteries has been significantly increased.

The active materials pasted on the grids in a battery’s positive electrodes have also been improved over the years. The active materials start out as basic lead sulfates, and tetrabasic lead sulfate (TTBLS) has been shown to provide the longest cycle life.  Historically, TTBLS crystals have been ‘grown’ in a process called hydroset.  Because growing crystals depends on many factors such as time, temperature, humidity, etc., the sizes of the finished TTBLS crystals can be unpredictable. U.S. Battery has found that through the use of crystal seeding additives, the size and distribution of these crystals can be controlled to produce consistently small crystals distributed uniformly throughout the electrode.  Using a process the company calls Xtreme Capacity, U.S. Battery was able to provide customers with increased initial capacity, faster cycle-up to the full rated capacity, higher peak capacity, and improved charging using the wide range of charger technologies used in various applications.

As improvements to the positive electrodes were made, U.S. Battery realized that improvements to the negative electrodes were needed to balance the active materials’ performance in the battery.  Improving the negative electrodes’ performance allowed U.S. Battery to increase the battery’s overall capacity and extend service life. To do this, improved expanders were used in the negative active materials to prevent the natural tendency of the negative active material to shrink or coalesce during cycling. U.S. Battery also found that in applications with limited time for charging, progressive undercharge can result in negative plate sulfation.  This is often referred to as a partial state of charge (PSOC) operation.  To improve upon this problem, it was discovered that introducing structured carbon materials such as advanced graphites, graphene, and nano-carbons can improve dynamic charge acceptance and control sulfation. This allows renewable energy applications with unpredictable charging from solar, wind, and other renewable energy sources to advance with greater reliability and energy storage capability.

When deep-cycle batteries are used in a vehicle, the motion of the vehicle continually mixes the electrolyte and prevents electrolyte stratification.  However, in renewable energy applications where the batteries are stationary, there is no mechanical mixing of the electrolyte.  In these applications, it is essential to recognize the importance of proper charging to create gassing to mix the electrolyte properly. U.S. Battery has developed special charge algorithms to provide the appropriate amount of over-charge, including equalization charging to prevent electrolyte stratification.

While these improvements on 100-year-old battery technology have kept industries worldwide running efficiently, U.S. Battery is continually searching for ways to improve efficiency further and maintain a level of cost-effectiveness. Once again, the requirements of battery-powered equipment have evolved, both for consumers and the industries that rely on them. U.S. Battery has responded with the development of new product lines that incorporate the reliability, longevity, and capacity that the company’s customers have come to expect. The latest generation of deep-cycle batteries has been shown to last longer, are lighter in weight, and feature a technologically advanced design that will meet the demands of the customer’s energy needs now and in the future. Designed in the U.S.A., the new product line will be available worldwide exclusively from U.S. Battery. More information on what’s coming from U.S. Battery will be announced in the coming months.

 

U.S. Battery Manufacturing And Delta-Q Technologies Partner In Battery Compatibility Program

Corona, Calif.- U.S. Battery Manufacturing and Delta-Q Technologies have partnered together for a new program called “Charged by Delta-Q”. The program provides tools that showcase U.S. Battery products that are integrated with Delta-Q in a curated network of tested and compatible battery and charging solutions.

“Delta-Q’s battery compatibility program strengthens collaboration in the industry. It supports battery and BMS partners like U.S. Battery Manufacturing as they pursue new markets by giving them the opportunity to show their affiliation with Delta-Q’s global brand,” says Sarah MacKinnon, Delta-Q’s Co CEO and CFO.

The ‘Charged by Delta-Q’ program is intended to empower OEMs and help partners market their solutions on a broader scale. “Our affiliation with the ‘Charged by Delta-Q’ program helps our original equipment (OE) customers select U.S. Battery products that are compatible with Delta-Q charging solutions, as well as view tested charging algorithms with Delta-Q that can provide improved performance, longer battery life, and maximum runtime,” says Don Wallace, U.S. Battery COO.

 

About Delta-Q Technologies

Delta-Q Technologies is a manufacturer of battery chargers, that improve the performance of electric drive vehicles and industrial machines, and is a supplier of choice for Tier 1 OEMs.  Part of the Zapi Group of companies, Delta-Q is headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, with a global distribution to service industries such as electric golf cars, lift trucks, aerial work platforms, e-mobility, floor care machines, utility/recreational vehicles, and new markets, like outdoor power equipment.

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U.S. Battery Manufacturing Receives G.M.’s Platinum Recognition Award For Outstanding On-Time Shipping

General Motors recognized U.S. Battery Manufacturing with its 2020 Platinum On-Time Shipping Performance award. The Consumer Care and Aftersales Division of G.M. honors its supply chain manufacturers who exceed on-time shipping performance.

From its three manufacturing facilities located in Evans, Georgia, Augusta, Georgia, and Corona, California, U.S. Battery Manufacturing works diligently to ship its batteries to O.E. partners, dealers, and distributors worldwide. “We are honored to be recognized by G.M. and we are proud of all our employees who work hard to deliver this level of performance every day,” says Don Wallace, U.S. Battery COO. “We’re proud to receive this award from G.M. once again and are committed to delivering this same level of performance to all the companies and industries U.S. Battery works with.”

U.S. Battery Manufacturing is the leading supplier of deep cycle batteries to a variety of original equipment manufacturers worldwide in a wide range of industries. The company’s line of deep-cycle batteries are manufactured in the USA and are designed to reach higher initial rated capacity, and faster cycle up time to full-rated capacity, than other batteries in its class.

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Join U.S. Battery Manufacturing In Celebrating Earth Day

Join U.S. Battery Manufacturing in celebrating the 51st Earth Day. The company recognizes this day as a continued reminder of its commitment to producing environmentally responsible energy storage products. Within the battery power industry, the focus has been to develop a cost-effective means of power while also creating a sustainable source of energy. To date, this has been done on many fronts. The most successful has been the recycling rate of lead batteries. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency continually recognizes lead batteries as the most recycled consumer product in the nation.  It is a product that delivers a sustainable energy source that powers a variety of industries such as aerial lifts and cranes, maintenance, golf car and electric vehicles, the RV and marine industries, as well as renewable energy power and backup power systems.

The recycling process means new life for old batteries. When a lead battery is recycled, virtually every part of it is broken down and reused. This process starts with the polypropylene outer case, which is broken down into small pellets to be reused for other plastic products. The lead components of the battery are melted down to make new batteries. The sulfuric acid in the battery’s electrolyte can be neutralized and purified into water or converted into sodium sulfate, a compound commonly used in laundry detergent, glass, and textiles.

With a continued push towards advancements in batteries, the future of the environment looks brighter. The investments made now into this technology will help keep the Earth safer for the future.  For more information on Earth Day or to find an Earth Day event near you, visit www.earthday.org.

Mike McCarthy

U.S. Battery Manufacturing Announces Management Changes In Its Sales And Marketing Departments

U.S. Battery Manufacturing has appointed Michael McCarthy as the company’s new Director of Administrative Sales. The position requires McCarthy to manage customer and contract pricing, RFQ negotiations, and House Account Sales. “I am thrilled to be a part of this company that continues to be very successful in niche markets that extend to the global markets,” said McCarthy. “My responsibilities are very diverse, but I’m looking forward to helping U.S. Battery customers grow within their markets.”

McCarthy has 25-years of experience in interfacing people with special needs with power and mobility devices. During this time, he became familiar with the role batteries play in diverse markets. He also has several years of sales experience working for MK Battery and most recently as VP Sales & Marketing for EnerG2, a developer of carbon additives used in battery production. “We are excited to have Mike on board and feel that he will be a great addition to the USB sales and marketing team,” says Donald Wallace, U.S. Battery COO.

U.S. Battery Manufacturing has also promoted Michael Wallace to Director of Marketing. Wallace joined the company in 2015, as the Creative Manager, and is responsible for U.S. Battery’s advertising, social media platforms, marketing, trade show exhibitions, and more. Wallace taught advanced digital imaging, editing, and printing at the Cleveland Institute of Art before joining the U.S. Battery team.

US Battery’s Vice President, Sales & Marketing Michael J. Coad Retires After 16 Years Of Service

Corona, Calif.- Michael J. Coad is set to retire at the end of December as U.S. Battery’s VP of Sales & Marketing, after serving the company for 16 years. Coad began with the company as Eastern Regional Sales Manager and in 2014 was appointed Director of Sales. He was named VP of Sales & Marketing in 2019. “My time at U.S. Battery has been the most enjoyable years of my career. I am truly going to miss working with the entire team,” said Coad.

Coad was responsible for managing, negotiating, and planning all sales activities for the company and developed numerous key relationships with OE manufacturers and regional distributors within various industries. “Mike has been a huge asset to the company as well as a great friend for over 30 years,” says Donald Wallace, U.S. Battery COO. “His attention to detail and commitment have had a lasting impact on the U.S. Battery sales department as well as in his efforts to build strong customer relationships. His steadfast presence will be greatly missed by all.”

Coad retires with 40-years in the battery industry, first working as a route-truck salesman with New Castle Battery Manufacturing Company before working his way up to a VP position there. Coad was also National Sales Manager at Yuasa Battery before coming to U.S. Battery in 2004.

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U.S. Battery’s Australian Distributor R&J Battery Continues To Expand

U.S. Battery distributor R&J Batteries, one of Australia’s largest battery distributors, is expanding its presence in Queensland with the purchase of Tableland Batteries located outside of Atherton, Australia. This gives R&J its sixth branch in Queensland and its 24th branch since the company’s inception. “I believe that there are plenty of opportunities to expand our wings and grow the R&J Batteries brand throughout the Tablelands region,” said Ray Robson, Managing Director of R&J Batteries. “We currently service this area weekly from the R&J Batteries Cairns warehouse. By taking over this business, it will allow us to further explore new opportunities into regions that we have not serviced in the past.”

In addition to the new business acquisition, R&J Batteries is also in the process of constructing a new distribution center as part of its growth strategy in Queensland. The 2,750 sqm distribution center is located in Stapylton, which is opposite the existing R&J Batteries Stapylton branch. The construction of the site is expected to be completed in March 2021. According to Stuart Hamilton, Chief Executive Officer at R&J Batteries, the new distribution center will consolidate several smaller warehouses and accommodate future growth opportunities. “This is a very exciting chapter in the history of R&J Batteries. We have outgrown our current site, so moving into a dedicated, bigger facility will allow us to grow and service the entire Queensland region for many years to come. Investing close to $7,000,000 on this new facility is a major commitment from Ray and is a sure sign of his commitment to the future of R&J Batteries in Queensland as well as throughout Australia and New Zealand,” said Hamilton.

As R&J Batteries continues to expand into the region, the company also prepares for the company’s 25th-anniversary celebrations later this year.

US Battery Evaluates Expanding Market Reach Based on Gridtential Energy Silicon Joule™ Technology

US Battery Evaluates Expanding Market Reach Based on Gridtential Energy Silicon Joule™ Technology

SANTA CLARA and CORONA, Calif., July 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Gridtential Energy, the inventor of Silicon Joule™ bipolar battery technology and US Battery, a global leader of FLA (flooded lead acid) deep cycle batteries, announce that they have entered into a formal agreement to collaborate on Silicon Joule™ bipolar battery technology.

Under the terms of the agreement, US Battery and Gridtential Energy will industrialize bipolar plate pasting and curing processes. Additionally, Silicon Joule™ bipolar AGM (absorptive glass mat) batteries will be assembled and tested, using US Battery active material to drive further improvements in cycle life, energy density, battery efficiency, charging rates, and manufacturability. As US Battery achieves new performance milestones, the company will be well-positioned to manufacture and distribute industry-leading bipolar AGM products to the market.

Silicon Joule™ bipolar technology enables an innovative class of advanced lead batteries with silicon at its core. It is a design-driven, low-cost, high-performance, patented energy storage solution that provides improved power density, cycle life, dynamic charge acceptance and wider temperature range, with up to 40% lower weight, while retaining full lead-battery recyclability. This is all accomplished while leveraging existing technologies from mature industry supply chains – allowing rapid scaling through existing lead-battery infrastructure.

US Battery provides FLA and AGM deep cycle batteries for golf cars, NEV (neighborhood EV) & LSEV (low-speed EV), industrial electric vehicles, as well as renewable energy & energy storage battery markets. US Battery products provide premium deep cycle battery life with the advantages of high initial capacity, fast cycle up to full rated capacity, high total energy throughput, ultimate charger compatibility, and high charge efficiency to meet new regulatory requirements at low cost per watt-hour.

Terry Agrelius, CEO of US Battery commented, “US Battery hopes to combine the current advantages of premium deep cycle, lead-acid battery cycle life that provides low cost per watt-hour over the life of the battery with the advantages of high power density and increased cycle life offered by the Gridtential Energy Silicon Joule™ bipolar battery technology. This combination could provide the improvements necessary for US Battery to better compete with the advanced battery technologies currently on the market and proposed for future market development while maintaining the safety and recyclability of lead-based battery technologies.

John Barton, CEO, Gridtential Energy said, “US Battery is an ideal partner for Gridtential. Leapfrog product innovation often starts with fresh thinking on how to best utilize core company strengths to make a disruptive move. Gridtential offers a better way to build a battery with modern materials from the solar industry. The leadership at US Battery is taking a smart approach, leveraging Silicon Joule™ technology with their organizational expertise in electrochemistry and battery manufacturing to create a new class of high-performance products. Gridtential is proud to work with partners taking bold steps to accelerate advancements in the industry.”

 

About Gridtential Energy

Gridtential’s cutting-edge Silicon Joule™ battery architecture combines the traditional benefits of lead batteries – low cost, near 100% recyclability, and safety – with the performance and life cycle usually associated with lithium batteries. Industries from motive power to grid energy storage are searching for lower-cost, sustainable solutions to meet diverse energy needs.

Gridtential Energy provides Silicon Joule™ reference batteries, development kits, bipolar materials, and non-exclusive licenses, enabling manufacturing partners to easily adapt their factories to provide high performing, higher voltage 24V & 48V batteries to their customers for the hybrid-automotive, Low-Speed EV (LSEV), energy storage system (ESS) & Telecom back-up markets – all without giga-scale capital investments. To learn more visit: http://www.gridtential.com/.

Santa's Posse 2019

U.S. Battery Makes Donation To Santa’s Posse

Santa’s Posse is a nonprofit organization that partners with the Clark County, Washington Sheriff’s Office, who collects and distributes toys and food for the needy. To help Santa’s Posse deliver to more than 1,000 families this year, U.S. Battery and its Distributor Battery Systems of Portland, Oregon, donated two US 27DC XC2 deep-cycle 12-Volt multi-purpose batteries. The batteries will be auctioned to raise additional money that helps to provide more than 2,900 kids with toys and holiday meals.

U.S. Battery’s Western Regional Sales Manager Dwayne Porter is also a volunteer Sheriff’s Auxiliary member and presented the donation on behalf of Battery Systems of Portland and U.S. Battery, to Sergeant Kevin Allais of the Clark County Sheriff’s Department. Donations to Santa’s Posse can be made via the organization’s Facebook page:https://www.facebook.com/SantasPosse/