Lead battery consortium refocuses to break lithium domination of ESS market

Lead battery consortium refocuses to break lithium domination of ESS market

Lead battery consortium refocuses to break lithium domination of ESS market 758 702 Energy Storage Journal

 

February 7, 2019: The Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium, the organization charged with coordinating research into lead battery development, is to re-launch this year with plans to promote the chemistry’s use in energy storage systems.

Along with a name change to the Consortium for Battery Innovation, the organization is preparing to unveil new research plans and a programme of work promoting lead batteries for energy storage applications.

Alistair Davidson (pictured), CBI director, said: “Electrification, energy storage and a raft of other policies linked to decarbonization are important factors driving decision-making in Europe, the US and Asia.

“There is a real potential for innovation to develop advanced lead batteries to meet what is set to be a huge spike in demand for this mainstay of battery energy storage technology.”

Over the year the CBI will launch a roadmap setting out for the first time specific targets for research designed to stimulate the next generation of high performing lead batteries.

A feature of the consortium will be greater collaboration with governments, leading research universities and industry, together with the introduction of more demonstration projects, demonstrating the capability of lead batteries in new applications.

For now lithium ion remains the chemistry of choice in grid-scale projects, with only flow battery deployment in China close to beating the record-breaking 100MW/129MWh lithium ion system in Australia.

In early 2017, GTM Research published a report on the state of the US energy storage market through 2016. The study found lithium ion accounted for 95% of deployed systems in the grid-scale battery market.