The Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI) has unveiled a digital map detailing more than 120 lead battery-powered energy storage projects.

The map includes diverse case studies demonstrating successful lead battery energy storage installations from the US to Asia and Europe.

Through a range of case studies, the map details how lead battery storage is supporting utility and renewable energy systems. This includes providing back-up for local power grids and supplying off-grid electricity to power remote communities.

CBI's director, Dr Alistair Davidson, said: “We are seeing growing interest in lead battery energy storage for utility and renewables systems all over the world. The aim of this initiative is to highlight some of these installations and encourage companies to share other examples we can highlight demonstrating the variety of projects currently in place.”

Davidson continued: “Our analysis suggests demand for battery energy storage will increase significantly in the next five years. This new tool will allow us to demonstrate that the latest lead battery technology is supporting a wide range of installations with reliable, safe, sustainable and cost-effective energy storage. 

“A focus of CBI is to conduct pre-competitive research to support development of the next generation of lead batteries which will significantly extend both battery life and performance, to support diverse energy systems and electrification.” 

Technical workshop

Prior to the launch of the digital map, CBI held its first technical workshop in March, since it relaunched in February.

The event saw a record-breaking number with over 120 delegates who attended from a range of companies across the lead and lead battery industries, from within China and globally.

Some of China’s largest lead battery manufacturers and members of CBI attended and presented at the technical workshop, such as Tianneng, Sacred Sun, Narada, Leoch, China Shoto and Jinkeli.

Members presented on the latest recycling techniques and collection rates. A very topical issue in China, lead batteries were recently described by China’s Department for Energy as a “backbone” national industry, amongst an announcement for improved national recycling performance.

Energy storage, a vital industry predicted to grow a huge amount, and the essential role lead batteries play for energy storage was discussed.

Energy storage was identified as a key market with significant growth potential and opportunity for lead batteries. CBI members presented on their existing energy storage projects in China and globally.


CBI's technical workshop in Shanghai, China had 120 delegates from across the lead and lead battery industry

The technical workshop featured global battery experts from the industry – including battery experts Dr David Rand, Eberhard Meissner, and Mark Stevenson from Global Lead Technologies.

The event also held key interest for the Chinese metals and renewables associations: representatives from China Nonferrous Metals Industry Association (CNIA), Beijing Antaike Information Development Co., Ltd and China Technology Innovation Strategic Alliance for Resources Recycling Industry (CIAR) were all present.