ArcActive is developing a carbon fibre negative electrode for lead acid batteries to improve fuel economy in Start-Stop/Micro-Hybrid vehicles (MHV). The MHV is expected to be the mass-market car for at least 20 years with demand estimated to grow from 3m batteries in 2010 to 100m in 2020 – a US$12b market.
ArcActive has one of only a handful of technologies that have real prospects of addressing the market’s cost and recharge rate performance requirements. The electrodes are based on research pioneered at the University of Canterbury into continuous production of carbon nanotubes. The carbon fibre material may be used in a number of potential products, but ArcActive’s initial focus is on the battery electrode.