The European Association for the Storage of Energy, a membership organization that aims to promote energy storage across all applications, welcomed lead group the Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium on July 16.
The association is chemistry agnostic, but the addition of ALABC will give a voice to the lead battery technology industry at meetings and working groups with the consortium writing reports and making their voices heard at EU level.
EASE comprises suppliers, utilities and battery companies such as lead acid battery makers Exide Technologies and Johnson Controls, supercapacitor firm Maxwell Technologies and lithium ion multinational LG Chem.
“We aim to ensure that the legislative framework at EU level is positive enough to ensure that technology can be deployed in Europe, and is not prevented for no good reason,” EASE policy officer Marine Delhommeau told ESJ’s sister publication Batteries International.
Delhommeau provides advice and information on the rules surrounding energy storage, helping potential investors in the technology.
She said: “We facilitate and identify research and development priorities to work with the EU to make sure there’s enough finding for research.”
ALABC director of communications Hywel Jarman said: “This will enable the ALABC to share with EASE members and European decision-makers the role of lead batteries in energy storage now, and the opportunities for lead battery technology in the future.”