Renewable Energy Storage
The need to harness and utilize renewable energy has never been greater. 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.
Wind and Solar Energy Storage
Solar and wind facilities use the energy stored in lead batteries to reduce power fluctuations and increase reliability to deliver on-demand power. They store excess energy when demand is low and release it when demand is high, to ensure a steady supply of energy to millions of homes and businesses.
Lead batteries are also deployed in remote small-scale hydro-electric systems to help provide essential, clean energy for communications, refrigeration and more to many of the 1 billion people in remote areas who lack access to a power grid.
How Lead Batteries Maximize Renewables
Lead batteries are one of the most environmentally sustainable of all battery technologies, which makes them an ideal sustainability partner for solar and wind power. Lead batteries are vital to ensure continued growth of sustainable energy sources.
Lead batteries are also critical in helping to close the gap between those who have access to electricity and those who do not, especially in remote geographic areas. Lead batteries can store and optimize energy from renewable energy sources when there is no access to a power grid.
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The U.S. Lead Battery Industry: Lead Battery Grand Challenge
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued the Energy Storage Grand Challenge (ESGC), an effort focused on innovations in energy storage for utility services, with millions of dollars slotted to support the development of battery technologies in America. This challenge outlines the needed characteristics for domestic energy storage and the cost and performance metrics necessary to meet the demands of the future.
Lead batteries offer a unique blend of safety, extensive domestic manufacturing infrastructure, and unparalleled sustainability. Furthermore, lead batteries provide reliable, inexpensive energy storage in many applications. These benefits are vital to the projected development needs to support a more reliable, smart, and distributed U.S. utility grid. The aim would be to innovate and improve lead battery performance for key markets, such as residential and commercial demand reduction and load response for solar generation.
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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.