About Batteries

Lead Battery Applications

Data Centers and Telecom

Lead batteries provide a modern uninterruptable power supply (UPS) to enable our vast, digital society. They safeguard the data centers and telecommunication systems that keep us informed and our economy stable, with remarkable sustainability. 

For decades, lead batteries have been relied on for data center and telecom backup power. The proven and sustainable technology of lead batteries with a relatively low up-front cost, recyclability, safety and well-understood maintenance requirements makes them a trusted solution. Renewable energy sources require storage of the energy when its abundant and discharging it when it's needed to meet demand. Lead batteries can also help balance other kinds of variability on power grids, allowing for more cost-effective and efficient operations and stable power for data centers and telecom systems.

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In times of crisis, lead batteries provide the critical backup power that helps us stay safe and connected. Lead batteries are the dominant technology used to deliver UPS to telecommunications systems, such as emergency call centers and cellphone towers, and they are the battery of choice for telecommunications centers to meet the mandate set by the Federal Communications Commission to provide continuous backup power for 911 call centers.

Electric and Autonomous Vehicles

The automotive industry is making tremendous investments to electrify transportation. Sustainable lead batteries are essential to support the mix of synergistic battery chemistries needed to transform the global car parc.

To address increasing government mandates, vehicle manufacturers have created five vehicle electrification platforms, including autonomous vehicles. Each serves as a steppingstone to greater electrification; all require one or more 12V low-voltage batteries, typically a 12V lead battery. Plug-in hybrids – or (P)HEVS –and fully electric vehicles (EVs), including autonomous vehicles, will require a mix of battery chemistries working in tandem: Lithium-ion for motive power and lead batteries for auxiliary power functions.

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Emergency and Remote Power

Lead batteries safeguard vital communications, reliably power our transportation and logistics networks, and support backup power systems that protect lives, investments and data in an emergency.

When the power goes out, lead batteries ensure that the Internet stays on. Large technology companies such as Google rely on lead battery backup power to protect massive online data repositories. Lead battery energy storage systems help maintain the variability of electric grids and keep communication and data networks working 24/7.

In times of crisis, lead batteries provide critical power for emergency response teams. Which includes energy for emergency lighting, mobile communications systems and the batteries that power the vehicles first responders depend on to save lives.

The U.S. Military also relies on lead batteries to provide onboard power to helicopters and keep our troops safe by providing backup power during outages. And in hospitals around the globe, they save lives by providing emergency backup power for life-saving equipment during temporary power outages. 

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Logistics and Material Handling

Today's global marketplace requires complex logistical networks to keep our economy on track. Lead batteries play a critical role in making it happen like clockwork. Approximately 90% of all material handling equipment, from freight trains to electric forklifts, use advanced lead batteries to, literally, move the economy.

Lead battery technology helps keep our supply chains open and materials moving to meet our everyday needs:

  • Ensures consumers, grocery stores, hospitals and schools have food, fuel, medicine and supplies.
  • Ensures manufacturers have the raw materials needed to build and repair infrastructure, and to make new products that improve our lives.
  • Ensures that building and construction industries can easily move onsite materials. 

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Renewable Energy

Lead batteries can provide energy storage capabilities for commercial wind and solar farms, as well as residential and community-based installations, to capture energy generated by the wind and sun.

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Lead batteries enable the movement of global commerce and power transportation innovation. Whether traveling by land, sea or air, people and goods rely on lead batteries to deliver them safely to their destination. The industry itself also provides thousands of green-economy jobs. Without this cost-effective, safe and reliable technology, modern life would come to a grinding halt.

Lead batteries safely transport Americans 34 million times each weekday via public transportation. They are also responsible for the uninterrupted, vast movement of global commerce from origination to final destination, including multimodal combinations of truck, rail, airline and waterways, not to mention forklifts. Start-stop engine technology, made possible by advanced lead batteries, reduces fuel consumption and emissions by stopping the engine when the care comes to a full stop, and seamlessly restarting when the brake is released. 

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Essential Energy Everyday (EEE) exists to increase awareness of the critical importance of lead batteries in powering our daily lives. It encourages continued investment in sustainable lead battery technology to store and provide energy on demand. The initiative is supported by the global trade association that represents the lead battery and recycling industries, Battery Council International (BCI). To learn more visit the EEE website.