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BCI launches webinar series exploring the role of lead batteries in the global market

Tue, 11/09/2021 - 10:22 -- Paul Crompton

Not-for-profit association Battery Council International (BCI) has launched a series of webinars that will address the role of lead batteries in supporting the transition to electric vehicles.

The first briefing, ‘Critical Minerals & Supply Chains for U.S. Energy Storage’, will discuss the role of metals and minerals for a low carbon future in the US and internationally. 

Part of the talk will include an examination of the closed-loop manufacturing system that keeps 130 million lead batteries out of landfills each year and supplies recycled lead to manufacture new batteries.

Roger Miksad, executive vice president at BCI and Dr. John Uhrie, vice president, exploration, research and technical development for The Doe Run Company, will host the fist webinar.

The webinar content is designed to highlight ways to meet US energy storage needs through domestic resources, and why supply chains, manufacturing infrastructure, minerals and battery innovation are essential to meet these goals. 

The information is being offered on demand to make it accessible to viewers at a time and place of their choosing.

Dr. Uhrie said the low carbon future was coming, and a variety of minerals are central to this low carbon and renewable energy future, especially the global battery market which is worth about $90 billion, but by 2030 could be $150 billion

You can view the first webinar HERE

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BCI and CBI release report to guide the US’ lead battery development

Thu, 07/15/2021 - 15:12 -- Paul Crompton

Two lead battery organisations have prepared a joint roadmap that identifies 13 key areas for the advancement of the next generation lead batteries.

Trade association Battery Council International (BCI) and research organisation Consortium for Battery Innovation’s (CBI) report positions lead batteries at the heart of the US’ decarbonisation goals.

The ‘Lead Battery Grand Challenge’ roadmap was authored in response to the calls from the US Department of Energy (DOE) for greater levels of advanced energy storage, including batteries.

The roadmap highlights the opportunities for the US lead battery industry, in particular how to secure future opportunities for research and funding as well as targets for increasing the performance of lead batteries. Read the full report here 

Those targets include: increasing cycle life by 1,000 (at 80% and 100% depth of discharge), round trip efficiency (82% to 88%), acquisition costs (from $135/kWh to $35) and operating costs ($0.09/kWh/cycle down to $0.025).

The industry’s goal is to innovate and improve lead battery performance for key markets, such as residential and commercial demand reduction and load response for solar generation.

Lead battery energy storage solutions have intrinsic safety measures, are highly sustainable, manufactured domestically and meet the technoeconomic needs of the US utility sector for decarbonisation and distribution of the US grid. 

Roger Miksad, executive vice president of BCI, said: “This roadmap identifies key research areas which offer opportunities for the next generation of advanced lead batteries to deliver significant performance gains and to play an even greater role in the diverse energy mix that will power the nation’s grid. 

“It’s a call to arms for lead battery manufacturers, DOE, and the national laboratories to partner on collaborative research that takes science from the laboratory to the marketplace.”

Dr. Matt Raiford, senior technical manager, CBI, an author of the roadmap said: “DOE’s renewed focus on energy storage R&D represents a unique opportunity for demonstrable gains in the U.S. battery industry. 

“A high-performing and sustainable energy storage solution is key, and this is possible through a collaboration between the US lead battery industry and the scientific excellence of the DOE.” 

The roadmap’s thirteen research work areas identified to aid DOE in meeting the challenge include: 

  1. Lead industry support 
  2. Lead Battery Science Research Program 
  3. Additive modelling 
  4. Bipolar innovation 
  5. Manufacturing 
  6. Technoeconomic analysis 
  7. Pilot manufacturing 
  8. Supply Chain issues 
  9. Logistics 
  10. Balance of plant optimisation 
  11. Energy storage system demonstration 
  12. Operational Issues 
  13. Recycling 

Energy grand challenge

The report follows the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) issue of its Energy Storage Grand Challenge (ESGC) program last December to accelerate the development, commercialisation, and use of next-generation energy storage technologies in the US.

Last September, BCI lobbied the U.S. DOE to recognise the benefits of lead batteries and invest in the technology to the same degree it does lithium-ion.

BCI sent comments reiterating that lead-based batteries could meet the three objectives of its ESGC roadmap: innovate here; make here; and deploy everywhere.

In February, president Biden issued an executive order to ensure resilient and diverse supply chains that put the spotlight on the need for the US to assert global leadership with home-grown technology to assist in the transition to an electric and low carbon future. 

The ESGC roadmap includes the goal of developing and domestically manufacturing energy storage technologies that can meet all US market demands by 2030.

Its six use cases identify energy storage applications, benefits, and functional requirements for 2030 and beyond.

The ESGC has identified cost and performance targets, which include:

  • $0.05/kWh levelised cost of storage for long-duration stationary applications, a 90% reduction from 2020 baseline costs by 2030. Achieving this levelised cost target would facilitate commercial viability for storage across a wide range of uses including: meeting load during periods of peak demand, grid preparation for fast charging of electric vehicles and applications to ensure reliability of critical services.
  • Other emerging applications for stationary storage include serving remote communities, increasing facility flexibility, increasing the resilience of interdependent networks, and facilitating the transformation of the power system.
  • $80/kWh manufactured cost for a battery pack by 2030 for a 300-mile range electric vehicle, a 44% reduction from the current cost of $143 per rated kWh. Achieving this cost target would lead to cost competitive electric vehicles and could benefit the production, performance, and safety of batteries for stationary applications. 

You can read the full ESGC report here

The U.S. lead battery industry has an annual economic impact of $26.3 billion across 38 states.

Lead batteries provide 60% of the global rechargeable energy storage market, and have significant potential for even better performance to serve increasingly demanding requirements for vehicle electrification and the integration of renewable power to the electric grid. 

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Opportunities for EFB, bi-polar and AGM batteries despite forecast lead to lose market share

Thu, 04/30/2020 - 15:34 -- Paul Crompton

Advanced lead battery technologies will see a rise in demand during the next five years despite the chemistry losing some of its market share to lithium-ion, according to a forecast made during Battery Council International (BCI) virtual conference.

Ray Kubis, chairman of Gridtential Energy, made the prediction during his five-year forecast for batteries in transportation applications during the BCI event on 27 April.

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Battery associations launch initiative to ensure lead-battery industry’s positive global impact

Wed, 01/22/2020 - 11:34 -- Paul Crompton

Lead and lead-battery industry groups have adopted seven guiding principles designed to serve as a best practice in the protection of workers and the industry’s wider environmental impact. 

The groups will develop performance indicators and policies to ensure continuous improvement in the management of lead exposure and emissions and minimise the environmental impact of used lead batteries. 

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BCI’s first in-house lawyer highlights issues affecting lead battery industry

Wed, 01/15/2020 - 12:07 -- Paul Crompton

Lead battery organisation Battery Council International (BCI) has hired its first in-house lawyer to lead regulatory and legislative efforts, it was announced on 7 January.

Roger Miksad was hired as senior vice president and general counsel after a decade of working for the Chicago, US, based organisation as a member of David Weinberg’s team at Wiley Rein. 

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Report backs up lead battery industry’s recyclability boast in the US

Fri, 11/22/2019 - 09:54 -- Paul Crompton

In recent weeks the US lead battery industry has taken some blows to its environment claims, but a new Battery Council International (BCI) report has ratified the widely held understanding that lead batteries– at 99% recyclability– are the most recycled consumer product in the country.

BCI’s biennial report on the recycling rate of lead batteries in the US to mark America Recycles Day on 15 November. 

Lead batteries are used in more than 275 million vehicles in the US and account for more than 70% of the world’s rechargeable power, according to the report produced by SmithBucklin of Chicago and commissioned by BCI.

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Lead battery industry a boon to the US economy and jobs market

Thu, 10/03/2019 - 15:32 -- Paul Crompton
Kevin Moran, executive vice president of BCI

Employee numbers in the US lead battery industry have risen 20% in two years as the market contributed $26 billion in total economic output to the national economy, a new study has found.

By the close of last year, the industry employed 25,000 direct jobs across 38 states according to figures from a study prepared by the EDR Group at the request of Essential Energy Everyday and Battery Council International (BCI). The study was last conducted in 2016. 

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Lead battery association BCI announces new president

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 10:24 -- Paul Crompton
David ‘Dave’ Shaffer

Not-for-profit trade lead battery association Battery Council International (BCI) has confirmed the appointment of David ‘Dave’ Shaffer as its president of the BCI board of directors.

Shaffer started the role on 1 September and succeeds Joseph Walicki who has stepped down as president and resigned from the BCI board of directors on 31 August, which coincides with his retirement.

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BCI honours Digatron founder Beckers

Fri, 06/01/2018 - 10:23 -- Xuan Zhong
BCI honours Digatron founder Beckers

Digatron Power Electronics founder and owner Rolf Beckers has been honoured for his work in the battery industry by Battery Council International (BCI).

Beckers, who founded Digatron 50 years ago— at the age of 20 in a workshop at his parents’ home— was presented with the 50th Year Award at BCI’s annual convention in Arizona. He is pictured (right) with Hal Hawk— president of BCI and the Crown Battery Company.


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Lead’s multi-billion-dollar boost for US economy

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 12:01 -- John Shepherd
Lead’s multi-billion-dollar boost for US economy

The US lead battery industry contributed more than $28 billion of total economic output to the national economy in 2016, a new study has revealed.

In addition, the jobs of more than 95,000 US workers depended on lead batteries, according to the study— Economic Contribution of the US Lead Battery Industry— prepared by the Economic Development Research Group for Battery Council International (BCI) and Essential Energy Everyday.


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