Axion Power International has appointed Robert Nelson as the new vice president of manufacturing engineering.

Mr Nelson is a specialized manufacturing design and development professional with over 40 years of experience in academia and the industry.

Thomas Granville, CEO of Axion, said that the expansion of the manufacturing development team is in response to rapidly evolving business conditions both in the company and in the energy storage industry as a whole. Mr Nelson is relocating to New Castle, and has already taken up his duties.

Mr Nelson said: Emerging battery applications in wind and solar power, utility applications and hybrid electric vehicles, all have unique performance demands that current lead-acid technology cannot satisfy.

Axion’s work on the PbC battery has overcome many of the technical performance limitations of lead-acid technology and created a product with the capability of satisfying the extraordinary demands of these new applications. I am looking forward to helping Axion introduce a truly unique product to the market.