18 February 2020 - Dr Matt Raiford

Powering the future: National Battery Day

Powering the future: National Battery Day

The United States is a world-leader in battery technology, and as demand for energy storage continues to grow, batteries will play an increasingly central role the move to a low carbon future.

National Battery Day marks the fundamental and essential role battery technologies play in the everyday lives of people living and working in the nation and across the globe.

Battery Council International and Essential Energy Everyday have published a new logo to celebrate National Battery Day

Advanced lead batteries are one of several battery technologies underpinning many of the products and services we rely on in society. One of the most well-renowned batteries, they are present in virtually every vehicle, can be found in data centers across the US backing up vital communications, and support renewable energy storage applications delivering clean, affordable energy.

The Consortium for Battery Innovation is a global battery research hub with a dedicated mission to support cutting-edge research and develop next generation advanced lead batteries. This year we will launch our new technical program, which includes a suite of technical projects conducting the latest research into lead battery innovation for a range of applications.

Covering the latest developments in automotive lead batteries to ensure our technology remains a front-runner in this sector, CBI’s research program will continue the exploration of batteries for the utility and renewable energy sectors where the demand for batteries is growing exponentially.

A recent report from Bloomberg NEF predicts 2020 will be a record year for wind installations and forecasts the global solar market to grow by 14% in the same period. As the US and other nations continue investing in clean, renewable energy, the need for innovative, higher-performing batteries becomes ever-more essential. And this is what CBI’s technical program is delivering, in conjunction with our global membership of manufacturers, suppliers and research institutes.

By the end of this year, a 10-fold increase in electric vehicles is estimated to be on the world’s roads compared to 2015. These 10 million EVs not only rely on advanced lead batteries to provide vital safety features inside the vehicle, but they also need fast-charging points. This year we are looking to develop two new EV charging station projects in Missouri to demonstrate the role lead batteries can play in supporting applications such as EV charging points based on their reliability, sustainability and strong technical performance.

Our aim is to share with all those who have a stake in electrification and our energy future the latest research and practical applications of advanced lead batteries.

As an industry pioneering research in battery technology, the decade ahead will open up new possibilities and a new chapter for high-performance rechargeable energy storage.

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