Lead-Acid Battery Industry Releases Innovation Roadmap to Strengthen U.S. Energy Sector Infrastructure
WASHINGTON, July 14, 2021 / PRNewswire / – As lawmakers strive to strengthen infrastructure in the energy sector, batteries have become a critical area that requires additional investment to ensure a reliable source of energy storage to protect a secure supply chain to power the power grid, as well as critical industries such as transportation, telecommunications, data security, aerospace and defense.
The pandemic has exposed the country’s dependence on imports of products and materials used in critical manufacturing sectors to produce energy storage. In response, the US Department of Energy (DOE) has publicly committed to investing more to create and maintain US leadership in energy storage.
The lead-acid battery industry, with its reliable and proven home infrastructure, has developed a innovation roadmap to demonstrate its role in helping the DOE meet this challenge. Battery Council International (BCI) and the Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI) jointly produced the report.
“This roadmap identifies key research areas that provide opportunities for the next generation of advanced lead-acid batteries to deliver significant performance gains and play an even greater role in the diverse energy mix that will power the nation’s grid. It’s a call to arms for lead acid battery manufacturers, DOE and national labs to partner in collaborative research that brings science from the lab to the market, ”said Roger miksad, executive vice-president of BCI.
The lead-acid battery industry believes that by using the experience of the lead-acid battery industry in combination with the scientific skills and expertise of the DOE’s national laboratory system, it can generate significant performance gains that could double or even improve cycle life and energy density. This would further consolidate lead acid batteries as the only energy storage solution with intrinsically safe measures, highly durable, locally manufactured and meeting the techno-economic needs of the US utility sector for decarbonization and grid distribution. American.
“DOE’s renewed focus on energy storage R&D represents a unique opportunity for demonstrable gains in the US battery industry. A high performance and sustainable energy storage solution is essential, and this is possible thanks to a collaboration between the US lead-acid battery industry and the scientific excellence of the DOE ”, explains Dr. Matt Raiford, senior technical manager, CBI, author of the roadmap.
In February, President Biden issued an executive order to ensure resilient and diverse supply chains, highlighting the need for the United States to assert global leadership with local technology to help transition to an electric future. and low carbon. High capacity batteries will help activate this process. Advanced lead-acid batteries hold the promise of a truly sustainable American battery energy storage industry.
The thirteen roadmap research areas identified to help DOE meet the challenge include:
- Industry-leading support
- Lead-acid battery scientific research program
- Additive modeling
- Bipolar innovation
- Technical-economic analysis
- Pilot manufacturing
- Supply chain issues
- Factory optimization report
- Demonstration of the energy storage system
- Operational issues
The US lead-acid battery industry has an annual economic impact of $ 26.3 billion with over 92,000 direct and indirect jobs in 38 states. Lead-acid batteries are a basic energy storage technology used in automotive, telecommunications, electric power, mining, agriculture, marine, and data centers. It is the most recycled product in the world, with a recycling rate of 99%. Lead-acid batteries provide 60% of the global rechargeable energy storage market and have significant potential for even better performance to meet the increasingly demanding requirements for vehicle electrification and renewable energy integration. to the electrical network.
International Battery Council (BCI) is the North American trade association representing companies in the manufacture, supply, recycling and distribution of lead-acid batteries. For more information on the association, visit www.batterycouncil.org.
Consortium for battery innovation. The Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI) is a pre-competitive research organization that funds research into lead-acid batteries for energy storage, motor and automotive applications.
For more than 25 years, with its members among battery manufacturers, industry suppliers, research institutes and universities, CBI has conducted cutting-edge research pushing the boundaries of innovation in battery technology at the lead. Our members include the majority of US-based companies across the lead-acid battery value chain.
Thanks to research partnerships with scientific institutions, in particular the Argonne National Laboratory and UCLA, CBI sets the standard for advanced lead-acid batteries and the next generation of energy storage.
SOURCE International Battery Council