Investment in battery energy storage research is key to reducing carbon emissions and boosting electrification says the newly appointed head of global battery research hub Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI), Dr Christian Rosenkrantz.
Dr Christian Rosenkrantz, also Clarios vice president: industry and governmental relations EMEA, said: “We need to see a huge uplift in rechargeable battery energy storage if countries are to get anywhere near the global targets for reducing carbon emissions. As we approach the COP26 talks later this year we should be pressing for more commitment to support battery research into new and existing technologies in partnership with industry.”
Rosenkranz replaces Dr Tim Elles of RSR Technologies, CBI’s inaugural chairman: “I’m grateful to Dr Ellis for his pivotal leadership in helping to ensure CBI plays a vital role in demonstrating the innovation potential of lead batteries around the world.”
Clarios, a global leader in automotive battery technology, is actively supporting the electrification of the automotive power train by designing and manufacturing advance lead batteries. The universal introduction of Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) batteries provides optimal performance in the automotive environment and Clarion is working through four global research and development centres to optimise the capture of recuperative energy in vehicles.
CBI’s research is underpinned by a technical roadmap for lead batteries that sets out research objectives for short term goals and targets meant to improve the performance and lifetime for automotive and energy storage batteries. Dynamic Charge Acceptance is a performance enhancement crucial for growing the micro-hybrid market, predicted to represent 75% of US car sales by2030 and 60% globally.
Improving energy storage technology doesn’t just help electric vehicles
Dr Alistair Davidson, CBI director: “DCA is the ability of batteries to store instantaneous energy in a vehicle and is avital part of what makes start-stop and hybrid vehicles more fuel-efficient and emit less CO2. Improving DCA is a central research pathway for CBI and one which is critical for both Clarios and the whole industry.”
CBI’s current technical programme is demonstrating exciting routes for improving DCA by up to 40% and showing how tools such as battery management systems can significantly improve cycle life, a key technical parameter for energy storage applications.
The suite of technical projects being conducted in collaboration with CBI does not only drive automotive improvements but also lead the way in energy storage battery research. CBI will introduce a new technical programme later this year which will have a strong focus on this emerging market where lead batteries are used around the world to support utility and renewable energy storage. CBI’s role beyond research is to connect the storage sector with high-performing lead batters for systems such as through the online CBI Battery Match tool.