October 10, 2019: The Consortium for Battery Innovation has set goals in an October 8 technology roadmap that aims to increase advanced lead battery cycle life by five times within three years.
In independent market assessments commissioned by the CBI, demand for battery storage in the European Union will leap to 400,000 MWh by 2025, up from 100,000 MWh, in 2015. The European Commission also predicts that demand will increase 10 times by 2050 for battery storage.
In the roadmap, the CBI has outlined growth opportunities and objectives to ensure lead batteries continue to be positioned as an innovative and adaptable technology.
CBI director Alistair Davidson said: “We’re in the midst of a revolution in battery technologies as governments look to accelerate their move to low-carbon energy sources. We need a range of high-performance batteries for different products and applications to meet this growing trend.
“Our technology innovation plan aims at a short-term boost in battery performance. But we’re also focusing on the next big leap in advanced batteries over the next decade as new forms of lead battery technology come to market.”
CBI’s highest priority target research goal in the automotive market is to increase the dynamic charge acceptance in micro and mild-hybrid vehicles, reducing fuel consumption by between 5%-10%. CBI says this research is essential for maximizing the role of lead batteries in the booming hybrid vehicles industry.
Another area of growth identified for advanced lead batteries is in energy storage systems, particularly in renewable energy integration and commercial or industrial applications, the CBI says, and is particularly suitable for residential applications in India, China and Africa.