Energy storage

The next generation of
lead batteries

Advanced lead batteries

An unprecedented growth in demand

The next 10 years will see unprecedented growth in demand for energy storage in support of the huge transformation of energy resources to renewables and the rapid electrification of our economy and society.

To help meet that growth in demand the next generation of lead batteries will demonstrate greater performance, a longer lifetime and full recyclability in order to meet new market expectations.

The following case studies show how lead batteries are providing energy storage solutions in a range of different applications.

CBI Battery Match

Find your lead battery match

CBI has developed an online tool allowing customers in the energy storage sector, from utility and renewable energy companies to systems integrators, to easily find advanced batteries that provide high performance, are affordable and reliable, whilst also being safe and sustainable.

CBI Battery Match is helping energy storage companies find the best lead battery option for their system.

Find your battery match

Lead battery benefits


Lead is an abundant natural resource found across the world, with more lead being produced via recycling than mining today. As the most recycled metal, lead has a thriving and mature global industry focused on collection and recycling of used lead batteries.

Encased in plastic, lead battery casings are supplied from recycling streams resulting in a lead battery product that is sourced from a highly sustainable secondary supply. Requiring relatively small amounts of energy to produce and to charge, lead batteries provide a cost-effective energy storage solution with a low environmental impact.

Lead battery benefits


Lead batteries are an inherently safe form of energy storage. The technology offers cost-effective performance while providing stable storage at the lowest risk for thermal events.

The water-based electrolyte is non-flammable and flame-proof plastics are already used in current battery construction. In many applications there have been no reported fires caused specifically by the battery, including the batteries already used in stationary storage for the telecommunications industry.

Lead battery benefits


Lead batteries are the most recycled consumer product in the world. Over 99% of lead batteries are collected and recycled at end-of-life in North America and Europe.

This results in unparalleled stewardship of the technology, with 90% of a lead battery's material being recovered and recycled. The average lead battery is comprised of more than 80% recycled material.

Lead battery benefits


The electrification of our society's is driven by energy storage. Vital, everyday functions are supported by lead batteries in hospitals and data centres. Lead batteries are providing quality energy storage for industrial and commercial sectors and essential load following functions. Lead batteries provide consistent performance with decades of field service backing up the time-tested quality of lead battery energy storage.

Governed by multiple standards and heavily adopted industry practices, lead batteries are reliable throughout the whole supply chain.

Energy storage systems

Supporting global energy storage

Lead battery energy storage systems are a cost-effective solution for electrification and decarbonization goals across the world. Implementing energy storage systems into the utility grid provides both stability for the generation of power and new ways to cut operational costs.

Lead batteries are a vital technology fostering the increased use of renewable energy across the globe by providing reliable, safe and recyclable energy storage solutions.

CBI has developed an energy storage online tool designed to match the energy storage sector with the best lead battery for their energy storage needs.

Interactive Map

Global energy storage map

The Consortium has developed an interactive map showcasing the global use of lead batteries for energy storage in utility and renewable energy storage projects. Featuring examples from national grid stabilising to microgrids, advanced lead batteries are delivering reliable, sustainable, safe and affordable energy storage.

Explore the map