A high-tech manufacturing and development infrastructure allows us to take our innovations global.
We have established an experienced business & technology organization with the research & development capabilities to deliver valued innovations.
We currently have the manufacturing capability to meet customer demand across the globe and plans are underway to further enhance our supply capability.
Our first manufacturing facility started-up during the 1st quarter of 2014. This new grass roots facility confirmed that our proprietary process could be scaled-up to produce commercial quantities and with upgrades being implemented later this year, the capacity will be increased from 1M liters/year to 3.3M liters/year.
We have initiated the pre-engineering and site selection work to construct our first full scale manufacturing plant.
We have invested heavily in advanced analytical and battery testing capabilities to progress our product development efforts and to support our customers’ major developments focused on enhancing the performance of their Lead-Acid batteries.Take a closer look at the tools we have to efficiently advance developments and deliver valued innovations to our customers.
We are continuing to invest in new capabilities to support our development efforts. As an example, a recent investment in a JEOL Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope (STEM) allows us to capture images at up to 1,000,000x. This enables a true nano look at the interactions between our MOLECULAR REBAR® technology, surfactants, the lead particles, expanders, and any other additives or materials where we need to understand how they interact at the nanoscale.
We recently opened a brand new advanced battery testing lab in effort to support our ongoing work in providing the most comprehensive performance data on the effects of MOLECULAR REBAR® on battery performance. The lab was built to advance our internal testing capabilities on full scale batteries and provide our customers circuits for their product development and optimization. The lab includes 300A circuits so that we can support Start-Stop testing like the SBA-S0101 and other high current testing.
The 8 Channel Solartron potentiostat allows us to study the mechanistic component of the interaction between our MOLECULAR REBAR® technology and the base lead-acid environment that makes up the battery. Using cyclic voltammetry or ECC techniques, we are able to eliminate many of the variables seen in full 12V battery or even 2V cells and focus on the material science and interactions. This enables us to more quickly evaluate and approximate the performance impact of a given material on the lead acid system without having to go to a full battery/cell level each time. The Energy-dispersive X-ray spectroscopy (XRD) allows us to review the material composition of the lead, similar to a Lead-Acid battery producers quality control program to ensure that any changes our product brings are not detrimental. The Porosimeter allows us to analyze the surface area and pore structure impact that MOLECULAR REBAR® technology has on the lead surface, again fundamental to understanding our nanomaterials impact on the end product.