New technical roadmap on horizon as CBI celebrates fifth anniversary

New technical roadmap on horizon as CBI celebrates fifth anniversary

New technical roadmap on horizon as CBI celebrates fifth anniversary 768 1024 Batteries International

March 7, 2024: The Consortium for Battery Innovation has celebrated its fifth anniversary, revealing plans to publish its third technical roadmap for advanced lead batteries later this year.

The CBI was formally established on February 25, 2019 as the successor organization to the Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium.

As well as continuing ALABC’s work in pre-competitive research, CBI has expanded the program to promote innovation in lead batteries — not just through cutting edge research, but also highlighting the innovative new applications that utilize lead batteries.

Executive director Alistair Davidson told Batteries International on March 5 the growth in CBI’s membership over the past five years — from 72 to more than 120 today — mirrored the increase in technical programs and initiatives the organization is involved in to highlight the range of opportunities for lead battery energy storage.

“Since launching we’ve produced a key technical roadmap which has helped drive forward enhancements in performance, all of which is critical to demonstrating the advantages and capabilities of lead batteries.”

Davidson said CBI plans to publish its third technical roadmap (the first was released in 2019)  this year, in addition to working on a range of programs with members.

“Our members are the driving force behind our work and their enthusiasm and support has been pivotal to our success.”

Other achievements include successful bids for research and project funds from the EU — LoCelH2 and Aftrak — and a military microgrid project in the US.

CBI will be holding energy storage meetings in China and India this year as the organization expands its membership in Asia.

“Our technical workshops with car companies and OEMs are helping ensure we maintain support for micro-hybrid applications and the key application of auxiliary batteries,” Davidson said.

Meanwhile, CBI is preparing for the opening of Battcon in Miami in May, which will be the first outing of the US annual stationary battery conference since CBI took over the running of the event.

Davidson said: “In the next five years we expect to see a lot more interest in lead battery projects as decision-makers and stakeholders try to work out how to meet the huge demand for battery energy storage in 2030 and beyond.

 “We see advanced lead batteries offering solutions to some of the most pressing challenges legislators face, from decarbonisation to electrification and sustainability.”

Photo: The sweetspot of cutting-edge innovation. Executive director Alistair Davidson and technical director Matt Raiford said the results of the tear down analysis of CBI’s ‘battery’ were… delicious!