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We are moving to more electrification at a rapid clip. Demand continues to soar for battery energy storage across the United Sates, as the push is made to vehicles with greater levels of electrification and energy grids enhance their resilience and flexibility.
Wood Mackenzie forecasts battery storage deployments worth $5 billion will come online in 2021 in the United States. Sectors such as telecoms, the shift to 5G networks, and the need for reliable power for data centers also feature batteries as central to maintaining communications.
To help, CBI (Consortium for Battery Innovation)has unveiled new research plans for advanced lead battery research. The roadmap highlights the potential to increase lead battery performance and to set targets in each application area. This includes everything from mobility to renewable energy storage, with the objective to increase the lifetime and efficiency of batteries in each sector.
Targets in the roadmap include:
Automotive: Ensure recent improvements in DCA are maintained for 12 V and low-voltage EV batteries while improving high-temperature durability performance.
Energy storage systems: Improving cycle life, calendar life, and round-trip efficiency while reducing acquisition and operating costs.
This roadmap builds on the progress made in the first edition, which was published in 2019. It also expands its coverage of key application areas including motive power, industrial, UPS, and e-bikes.
This comes at the right time. Circularity, safety, and reliability of lead batteries is critical in order to further credibility and to make a bigger push to sustainable battery technology. This is one step toward greater sustainability on our roads and in our cities.
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The world needs to move from grey to green, fueled by design techniques that are sustainable in a circular economy.