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A new electrolyte that could be considered the most significant upgrade in the lead battery’s history is expected to soon hit the battery market.

Comprising a $36 billion market, lead batteries are inexpensive, safe, 100% recyclable, and have 100 years of proven history. However, the battery performance needs of modern applications such as stop/start, hybrid electric vehicles are requiring the lead battery to evolve to meet these growing demands.

Texas-based Tydrolyte LLC is introducing its patent-pending, novel electrolyte solution for automotive, motive, and stationary storage lead battery manufacturers.

The global lead battery market is expected to reach $84.46 billion by 2025 according to market research firm Grand View Research. Read more: India | Scaling up local EV battery production

“Tydrolyte is a novel innovative chemistry and a promising new approach to advancing lead batteries. It eliminates the drawbacks of handling sulfuric acid including safety, storage, disposal and insurance. Even more importantly, initial tests demonstrate that it may improve some critical performance parameters,” said Paul Bundschuh, CEO of Tydrolyte.

“Another benefit is that as a drop-in replacement the new electrolyte doesn’t require any change in existing paste recipes, production technology, or equipment, so battery manufacturers can switch to it easily.”

According to Dr Boris Monahov, PhD, programme manager at the Advanced Lead-Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC), in spite of its historic success, many aspects of lead battery chemistry are not fully understood, and this provides a significant opportunity to further enhance the performance of world’s most popular rechargeable battery technology.

“We are delighted to welcome Tydrolyte into membership of the ALABC, and strongly support companies such as Tydrolyte in pursuing innovative new solutions to the challenge of improving lead battery performance,” Monahov said.

“There is a bright future for the lead battery, but it is essential that the industry continues to drive innovation to meet future market requirements. We look forward to working with Tydrolyte in the future,” he concluded.