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The Future of Lead–Acid Batteries. The Work of the Consortium for Battery Innovation

The presentation will discuss the activities of the newly-formed Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI). The work of the CBI expands and adapts on the programme of the former Advanced Lead̶̶–Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC). To enable its vision of promoting and supporting lead–acid battery research and innovation, the CBI focuses on three key areas ― research and innovation, marketing and communications, tests and standards. Given that research and innovation are essential to the industry, CBI has developed a market-driven Technical Roadmap. This action is to ensure that funded research will not only make a tangible difference to battery performance, but also will meet the ever-increasing demands from end-users. The industry recognises the value in co-ordinated communications and marketing programs. Among the recently featured CBI activities are demonstration projects in applications such as electric vehicle charging stations and microgrids, as well as an interactive map that highlights examples of global energy-storage projects that use lead–acid batteries. Ensuring that standards and testing are appropriate and proportional (i.e., not biased towards one technology over another) is vital to realising the benefits of lead–acid batteries in a wide range of applications. There is significant opportunity for CBI to drive these key discussions and several initiatives are already underway. Notably, these include a collaboration with the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) and European car companies to develop representative testing of dynamic charge-acceptance (DCA) that is pivotal to the future use of lead–acid batteries in automotive applications. CBI is already leading the charge in these areas and looking to take lead–acid batteries to the next level.

Alistair Davidson

Director, Consortium for Battery Innovation

Alistair Davidson graduated from the University of Oxford and obtained a PhD at the University of Edinburgh. He is currently the Director of the Consortium for Battery Innovation. In this role, he manages the entire portfolio the Consortium’s work programmes. Alistair has delivered lectures at universities in both China and the USA, as well as making presentations in workshops and conferences.