LABAT HISTORY

In the late 1980's members of the battery community comprising scientists from universities and research centers, technologists and manufacturers of lead-acid batteries and related equipment from various countries worldwide, united by their common interest to improve the lead-acid battery, started to meet periodically and exchange ideas and information in the field of battery science and technology. The initiative for organizing regular international conferences on lead-acid batteries belongs to Prof. Detchko Pavlov, Head of the Lead-Acid Battery Department (LABD) of the Institute of Electrochemistry and Energy Systems - IEES (former CLEPS), an Institute of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BAS).

The first Lead-Acid Battery Conference, LABAT'89, was held in Varna, Bulgaria in June 1989. It was very successful, attended by 250 scientists, leading battery technologists and manufacturers from 34 countries worldwide. Eight more LABAT issues followed the success of LABAT'89.

LABAT conferences held so far

1. LABAT’89 held in Varna, Bulgaria, in 1989
2. LABAT’93 held in Varna, Bulgaria, in 1993
3. LABAT’96 held in Varna, Bulgaria, in 1996
4. LABAT’99 held in Sofia,  Bulgaria, in 1999
5. LABAT’02 held in Varna, Bulgaria, in 2002
6. LABAT’05 held in Varna, Bulgaria, in 2005
7. LABAT’08 held in Varna, Bulgaria, in 2008
8. LABAT’11 held in Albena, Bulgaria, in 2011
9. LABAT’14 held in Albena, Bulgaria, in 2014

The basic topics discussed at the LABAT conferences include the latest achievements in:

lead-acid battery theory, technology, design and operation
new applications of lead-acid batteries
novelties in battery materials, machines and equipment for battery manufacture and testing, etc.
environmental aspects of battery production, usage and recycling
batteries for electric vehicles as a more environment-friendly alternative.

The titles and the authors of the presented lectures are listed as follows:

LABAT – 1989
LABAT – 1993
LABAT – 1996
LABAT – 1999
LABAT – 2002
LABAT – 2005

LABAT – 2008
LABAT – 2011
LABAT – 2014

The most interesting papers presented at the LABAT conferences held so far have been published in devoted issues of the international Journal of Power Sources, volumes 30 and 31 (1990); 46 (1993); 64 (1997); 85 (2000), 113(2003), 158 (2006), 191 (2009) and 207/209 (2012).

Gaston Planté Medal

The Bulgarian Academy of Sciences on each LABAT conference awards the Gaston Planté Medal, to a scientist, selected by an International Planté Medal Committee, for significant contribution to the development of lead-acid battery science and technology.

Acknowledgements

The Organizing Committee of LABAT Conferences is thankful for the financial help of the following organizations and enterprises that have become sponsors of LABAT:

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ABERTAX Quality Ltd., Malta
ACCUMA S.p.A., Italy
ACCUMALUX S.A., Luxembourg
ACCURATE Products, Denmark
AKUMPLAST JSC, Bulgaria
AKUMSAN Plastic Urunler A.S., Turkey
Alfakutu Ve Plastik, Turkey
AMER-SIL S.A., Luxembourg
APPLIED ELECTRONICS LABS, Latvia
AS India Inc., India
Associated Battery Products Ltd. , India
BATEK Makina Ltd., Turkey
BERTOLA S.N.C., Italy
BITRODE Corporation, USA
BITRODE Ltd., UK
BM ROSENDAHL (former BM-BATTERY MACHINES), Austria
BULVIA EXPORT-IMPORT Ltd., Bulgaria
Cabot Corporation, USA
CEMT (Nanjing) Electrical Machines Co., Ltd, China
CHLORIDE TECHNICAL AND TRADING Ltd., UK
CMW Automation AG, Germany
CMWTEC Technologie GmbH, Germany
Cosmec Machine, Italy
DARAMIC LLC, Germany
DIGATRON INDUSTRIE – ELEKTRONIK GmbH, Germany
DROSS ENGINEERING SA, France
EBC Korea Co., Ltd., South Korea
ELHIM-ISKRA Ltd., Bulgaria
EnerSys AD (former ENERGIA Ltd.), Bulgaria
ENTEK INTERNATIONAL, UK
FARMER MOLD & MACHINE WORKS Inc., USA
FLOW-RITE CONTROLS, USA
FRÖTEK-Kunststofftechnik, Germany
Hagemann-Systems GmbH, Germany
IEHIT Ltd., Bulgaria
IMERYS Graphite and Carbon Switzerland Ltd., Switzerland
INBATEC GmbH, Germany
Jiangsu CEMT Energy Equipment Co., Ltd., China
Jiangsu Jinfan Power Technology Co., ltd., China
JIANGSU SANHUAN Ind.& Comm.Co. Ltd., China
JONSON CONTROLS Ins., USA and Johnson Controls EMEA, Germany
Källström Engineering AB, Sweden
LUXBAT S.A., Luxembourg
MASCHINENFABRIC GUSTAV EIRICH GmbH&Co, Germany
MECONDOR S.p.A. Italy
MONBAT Plc., Bulgaria
NESTE OY., Finland
OMI-NBE, Italy
P.C. di POMPEO CATELLI, Italy
PENOX GmbH, Germany
PLASTAM S.p.A., Italy
POLYSEP Ltd., Bulgaria
ROVA 7 Ltd., Bulgaria
ROYAL DUTCH/SHELL GROUP of Co., UK
SE.RI. Group, Italy
Serma Technologies, France
SERWIS AKPiA, Poland
Shenyang JUGU Equipment Manufacturing Co., Ltd., China
SHINGANIA SERVICES, India
SOVEMA S.p.A., Italy
START Ltd., Bulgaria
STC s.r.l., Italy
UK Powertech Ltd., United Kingdom
UNESCO
Water Gremlin Aquila Company S.p.A., Italy
WIRTZ Manufacturing Co. Inc., UK
WTORPLAST, Poland
ZESAR Machinery & Molding Co., Turkey

About LABAT’2014
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