January 13, 2022: The International Lead Association on December 31 flagged up a report by Research and Markets, which predicts lead batteries will experience the most growth of all battery types when it comes to the global aircraft industry.
Quoting the report, it says the North American market is expected to register the highest annual revenue with $390 million in sales by the end of 2030.
Lead batteries in general aviation are used for emergency power, auxiliary power and engine starting, and are also used widely in military and civil aircraft.
The Boeing 777, it says, has three lead batteries to provide back-up power for fly-by-wire avionics in case of emergency. Fly-by-wire systems are semi-automatic, computer-regulated flight control systems that replace mechanical operations.
“In the EU, air transport has seen progressive growth with air freight and mail transport becoming key sub-sectors,” says the ILA. “With this huge carriage of people and goods, the aircraft industry has a vital role in supporting Europe’s economic growth, while keeping Europeans moving safely.”
Lead alloys are used in all aircraft as soldering materials in their electronics systems.