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Overview

For many decades, the lead-acid battery has been the most widely used energy-storage device for medium- and large-scale applications (approximately 100Wh and above). In recent years, the traditional, flooded design of the battery has begun to be replaced by an alternative design. This version - the valve-regulated lead-acid (VRLA) battery - requires no replenishment of the water content of the electrolyte solution, does not spill liquids, and can be used in any desired orientation. Since the VRLA battery operates in a somewhat different manner from its flooded counterpart, considerable technological development has been necessary to meet the exacting performance requirements of the full range of applications in which rechargeable batteries are used.

The valve-regulated design is now well established in the industrial battery sector, and also appears set to be adopted widely for automotive duty.

This book provides a comprehensive account of VRLA technology and its uses. In the future, all industrial processes - including the manufacture of batteries - will be required to conform to the conventions of sustainability. Accordingly, the crucial areas of the environmental impact associated with the production and use of VRLA batteries and the recycling of spent units are also treated thoroughly.

Valve-Regulated Lead-Acid Batteries gives an essential insight into the science that underlies the development and operation of VRLA batteries and is a comprehensive reference source for those involved in the practical use of the technology in key energy-storage applications.

- Covers all major advances in the field.
- Provides a comprehensive account of VRLA technology and its uses.
- First book dedicated to this technology.

Audience: Battery companies, lead-acid battery users in industry (incl. automotive sector), designers and operators of remote-area power supply systems. University libraries. Researchers based in the following departments: Chemistry, Materials Science, Electrical Engineering.

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Editorial Reviews

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"an excellent overview of batteries in all their applications. A wide variety of topics are covered in the 17 chapters...we can definitely recommend this book, even though the price of $160 appears to be very high. No developer can afford to miss out on this book as a reference."

ZVEI (Central Association of the Electrical Engineering and Electronics Industry)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780444507464
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 3/9/2004
  • Pages: 602
  • Product dimensions: 1.31 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 9.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Moseley PhD DSc graduated from the University of Durham, England. He worked for 23 years at the UK Atomic Energy Research Establishment at Harwell, where he brought a background of crystal structure and materials chemistry to the study of lead-acid and other types of battery, thus supplementing the traditional electrochemical emphasis of the subject, and to the study of sensor materials. From1995, Pat was Manager of Electrochemistry at the International Lead Zinc Research Organization in North Carolina, USA, and Program Manager of the Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium. In 2005 he became President of the Consortium. He is also a director of Atmospheric Sensors Ltd. Pat has been an Editor of the Journal of Power Sources since 1989 and, together with David Rand, was a Co-editor of the Encyclopaedia of Electrochemical Power Sources published by Elsevier in 2009. In 2008, he was awarded the Gaston Planté Medal by the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

Jürgen Garche graduated in chemistry at the Dresden University of Technology (DTU) in Germany. He was awarded his PhD in theoretical electrochemistry and his habilitation in applied electrochemistry from the same university. He worked at the DTU in the Electrochemical Power Sources Group for many years in different projects, mainly in conventional batteries, before he moved to the Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research in Ulm, where he was, until 2004, the Head of the Electrochemical Energy Storage and Energy Conversion Division. He was Professor of Electrochemistry at Ulm University and Guest Professor at Shandong University (China). He has published more than 300 papers, 10 patents, and 2 books. He is a member of the Scientific Board of the European Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Joint Undertaking. Furthermore he is a member of the editorial board of 5 scientific battery and fuel cell journals. Jürgen’s research has been recognized by the award of the European FC-Award “Schoenbein Medal” (2003).

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Table of Contents

The Valve-regulated Battery ¾ A Paradigm Shift in Lead-acid Technology; Lead Alloys for Valve-regulated Lead-acid Batteries; Formation of Lead-acid Batteries and Structure of Positive and Negative Active Masses; Positive-plate Additives to Enhance Formation and Battery Performance; Negative Plates in Valve-regulated Lead-acid Batteries; The Function of the Separator in the Valve-regulated Lead-acid Battery; Separator Materials for Valve-regulated Lead-acid Batteries; Battery Management; Charging Techniques for VRLA Batteries; Battery Energy-storage Systems for Power-Supply Networks; Valve-regulated Lead-acid Batteries in Automotive Applications ¾ A Vehicle Manufacturer's Perspective; Valve-regulated Lead-acid Batteries in Automotive Applications ¾ A Battery Manufacturer's Perspective; Valve-regulated Lead-acid Batteries for Telecommunications and UPS Applications; Remote-area Power-supply (RAPS) Systems and the Valve-regulated Lead-acid Battery; Recovery and Recycling of Lead-acid Batteries; Environmental Aspects of Recycling Valve-regulated Lead-acid Batteries; The Next Great Challenge for Valve-regulated lead-acid Batteries: High-rate Partial-state-of-charge Operation in New-generation Road Vehicles

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