PowerFill™ –AGM separator for VRLA batteries

Agenda for
5-9 September

Nicolas Clement
Chief Scientist, Holllingsworth & Vose Company
AGM separators are being relied upon increasingly more in automotive and industrial applications. H&V is recognized as a market leader designing and globally producing AGM separators. One challenge many customers encounter during AGM battery assembly is the slow and uneven filling of acid electrolyte. Slow filling reduces the battery assembly speed while uneven acid distribution in the AGM separator and plates potentially cause dry spots and black spots on the plates during battery formation. Uneven acid distribution can degrade battery performance.

A key factor affecting the acid filling speed is the gas pocket trapped toward the centre of the plates and AGM separator. The gaseous species in the pocket is air and possibly CO2 generated by the reaction of the acid with carbonate species in the plates. The gaseous species have the tendency to hinder the flow of the acid into the centre area, unless removed from the battery.

H&V has recently developed PowerFillTM AGM to solve these challenges by enhancing the surface of the separator to create open channels. With the open channels on the PowerFillTM AGM separator, the gaseous species in the pocket can escape more easily from the battery during the acid filling process, thereby allowing acid to flow quickly and evenly into the centre of the plates/AGM. The PowerFillTM patented technology can be applied to various types of AGM, and the resultant separators still retain the same strength and compression retention behaviour of the base AGM. PowerFillTM has demonstrated it can increase production throughput and battery performance for a wide range of applications.


• 7 years of experience in specialty papers in both USA and France within paper making company ArjoWiggins
• 8 years of experience in microglass fibre R&D for filtration and lead-acid battery separator for Bernard DUMAS France as R&D manager
• Moved to USA in 2009 for R&D responsibilities in filtration and AGM separator at Hollingsworth and Vose.
• Between 2012 and 2013: developed all AGM business in Responsible for all Asia pacific R&D at Hollingsworth and Vose.
• Currently Chief Scientist in charge of glass micro-fiber and new battery products development, leading battery application development group at H&V