The Consortium holds technical meetings and workshops, attends conferences and exhibitions relevant to the lead battery industry, produces scientific papers and visits energy storage installations utilizing lead battery technology.
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Demand for energy storage is taking off in the Asia Pacific region, which is fast becoming a hub for advanced lead battery manufacturing. The hike in demand for battery energy storage is driven by the accompanying pressure for more renewable energy capacity, with the region now accounting for more than 45% of the world’s installed battery storage capacity. CBI visited Japan to meet with the leading players in the country’s lead battery industry, where the technology remains key to facilitating ever more sophisticated and complex energy storage requirements. Longstanding CBI member and co-developer of the UltraBattery, The Furukawa Battery, was the setting for a tour of the manufacturing plant in Harigai, north of Tokyo, which is also the location of an energy storage system using the successful UltraBattery. The Furukawa Battery site manufactures storage batteries and power system products for the automotive and energy storage sectors. The UltraBattery is a hybrid energy storage device that combines ultracapacitor technology with lead battery technology. This technology has demonstrated excellent performance levels at partial state-of-charge (PSoC) and is very well suited for energy storage systems such the facility at the Harigai plant. You can view our short video here about the 300 kW system, which provides peak shaving, and thereby cost-effective and reliable energy, for The Furukawa Battery’s manufacturing plant.
As the growing demand for renewable energy results in an increased need for battery energy storage, a hybrid project in Aachen, Germany has been testing different battery technologies since 2016. With optimized high current capability and long cycle-life expectancy, Exide Technologies’ advanced lead batteries are one of the key storage technologies featured at the 5MW M5BAT project, which is operated by RWTH Aachen University. With the objective of testing the technical and economic viability of different battery technologies, advanced lead batteries at M5BAT are playing a central role in the strive to optimize battery performance for grid stability and integrating renewables into the energy market.
As Europe looks to maximise energy from renewable sources and secure long-term supply, the ability to manage frequency regulation at grid level is becoming more important. A lead battery-powered energy storage facility in Saxony, Germany is providing 16 megawatts of battery energy storage to help smooth out peaks and troughs in energy supplied to the grid. The facility is run by Narada Power Source using more than 1,000 advanced lead carbon batteries, supplying 25 MWh of power. This is the kind of project that is delivering on Europe’s Green Deal ambitions now. And it demonstrates the value of investing in different battery technologies in support of wider electrification. The innovative lead-carbon technology used by Narada, and developed in partnership with CBI, offers extended cycle life in shallow cycle life, a key requirement of large-scale energy storage systems. With a calendar life of 15 years, the project’s batteries are set to reliably support Germany’s electricity grid for more than a decade. This project, operating since May 2019, is the second of Narada’s large-scale projects based in Saxony. The other project comprises more than 10,000 batteries to support a 15 MW project supplying frequency regulation services for Germany’s network operator Mitnetz who supply electricity to over 2 million customers.
The first battery innovation project in Europe using hi-tech neutron diffraction techniques has been launched in Spain under the Consortium for Battery Innovation’s (CBI) new technical program. European consortium member Exide Technologies has partnered with the Institute of Materials Science of Aragon (ICMA) to explore fundamental processes occurring inside lead batteries during operation, using neutron diffraction, with the overall objective of improving life cycle and performance. ICMA is a joint institute between one of Spain’s oldest universities, the University of Zaragoza, and the largest public research institution in Spain and third largest in Europe, the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC).
In the hills of North Wales lies an eco-centre dedicated to exploring alternative technologies which can propel us towards a more renewable and sustainable future. The Centre for Alternative Technology teaches sustainability professionals and students from across the globe about the latest techniques and ideas, aiming to usher in a low carbon, more environmentally friendly and resource-efficient society. CBI Director Alistair Davidson visited the Centre in Machynlleth to discover more about the lead battery mini-grid system used by the eco-centre for their energy needs, generated through a combination of solar, hydro and wind. The lead battery energy storage system uses lead batteries provided by CBI member Hoppecke Batteries.
Car companies met with battery manufacturers in Bruges, Belgium to explore breakthrough technology using advanced lead batteries. Organised by the Consortium, the EFB & heat workshop was part of a CBI technical workshop. The innovative event drew battery experts from across the globe to discuss the latest developments in lead battery technology to propel the next generation of advanced lead batteries for automotive applications. Watch our short video which features global lead battery experts and researchers explore how CBI, in collaboration with the world’s leading research institutes and battery manufacturers, are pushing the boundaries of lead battery technology to ensure their continued dominance in the automotive market.
The Consortium for Battery Innovation has published a series of studies in scientific journals setting out research into addition of carbon in lead batteries, the use of lead batteries in utility energy storage, and life cycle assessment studies for the lead industry. The journals are published here.
Understanding the functions of carbon in the negative active-mass of the lead-acid battery: A review of progress
Patrick T. Moseley, David A.J. Rand, Alistair Davidson and Boris MonahovRead more
Lead batteries for utility energy storage: A review
Geoffrey J. May, Alistair Davidson and Boris MonahovRead more
Lead industry life cycle studies: environmental impact and life cycle assessment of lead batteries
Alistair Davidson, Stephen Binks and Johannes GedigaRead more
CBI organizes global technical workshops to advance innovation in lead battery technology, and attends industry events to communicate the benefits of lead batteries
Bruges EFB & Heat Workshop
22-23 May 2019 - Bruges, BelgiumView the photos here
CBI China Technical Workshop
5-6 March 2019 - Shanghai, ChinaView the photos here
Advanced Automotive Battery Conference Europe
29-31 January 2019 - Strasbourg, FranceView the photos here
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