How does the average person use lead batteries?
Lead batteries may be known for powering your car, but they do so much more. Lead batteries enable smart grid technology to store renewable energy, while also providing essential backup power for vital communications and data centers. And thanks to the continued funding of lead battery research, new battery technologies are being developed every day, such as start-stop systems that help reduce fuel consumption for your car by up to 10 percent.
How are lead batteries advancing to meet our future energy storage needs?
Lead battery technology is far more advanced than what was available even 20 years ago. Through multi-million-dollar investments and partnerships with over 10 universities across the country, manufacturers, recyclers and the Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium are working to increase battery performance and lifecycle, including the increased demands from electrified vehicles, as well as develop new technologies that enable more reliable electricity generation by renewable energy wind and solar facilities.
Are lead batteries safe to use?
Lead batteries are a safe product that have provided essential energy storage for more than 100 years. The world entrusts 75 percent of its rechargeable energy storage to lead batteries, and these products help transport more than 35 million Americans via public transportation every weekday.
How do lead battery manufacturers protect their employees?
Lead battery manufacturers exceed OSHA standards by providing progressive safety training, on-site hygiene facilities and modern safety equipment. For many years, no employees in the lead battery industry have had a blood lead level exceeding the current OSHA removal limit , and at the end of 2016, average employee blood lead levels were 75 percent lower than OSHA requirements.
How are lead batteries important for our economy?
Lead battery manufacturers represent a growing sector working to meet energy demands. The industry contributes nearly $30 billion of economic benefit in the U.S. every year and employs more than 20,000 people across the country. These local manufacturers and recyclers also invest in their communities by supporting local charities, providing scholarships and serving as leaders in community organizations.
How are lead batteries sustainable?
Because of their recyclability, lead batteries are one of the most sustainable forms of energy today. Every component of a lead battery is recyclable, from the lead to the plastic to even the sulfuric acid. In fact, every new battery contains at least 80 percent recycled lead, and the circular economy created by the lead battery industry helps ensure that over 99 percent of lead batteries are recycled – a figure that is recognized by the EPA as the highest rate of recycling among any consumer product.
How are lead batteries good for the environment?
Through advanced lead battery technology, new start-stop enabled vehicles reduce fuel consumption by up to 10 percent and by 2020 will help eliminate 2 million tons of GHG annually. Lead batteries also serve essential roles in both hybrid-electric and all-electric vehicles, providing power for on-board equipment and serving as a voltage regulator. Lead batteries are also used to store renewable energy produced by wind and solar facilities . And, with a 99 percent recycling rate, lead batteries have a great closed-loop recycling system. Modern, closed-loop recycling helps create new batteries from more than 1.7 million tons of recycled batteries each year.
How do lead batteries provide backup power?
Lead batteries safeguard the vital communication and data systems that keep the world connected and our economy stable. Lead batteries provide emergency backup power and an uninterrupted power supply (UPS) for hospitals and power grids. Lead batteries are also the dominant chemistry used to protect the $1 trillion U.S. communications infrastructure, and are used to protect entities such as the New York Stock Exchange and Google from power disruptions.
What is Essential Energy Everyday?
Essential Energy Everyday exists to increase awareness of the critical importance of lead batteries in our daily lives. It is supported by the two global trade associations that represent the lead battery and lead industries: Battery Council International and the International Lead Association. Our shared interest is to inform and educate stakeholders of the need to continue investment in innovative and sustainable lead battery technology to store and provide energy on demand. BCI and ILA are committed to advancing innovations that support the integral role that lead batteries play in powering our everyday lives.
Who are Battery Council International and the International Lead Association?
Battery Council International (BCI) is a not-for-profit trade association with more than 200 member companies that was formed to promote the interests of the international battery industry. The International Lead Association (ILA) is the trusted global trade association for the lead industry and its member companies are at the forefront of the mining, smelting, refining, and recycling of lead.
Together, these two associations have created the Essential Energy Everyday campaign to increase awareness of the vital importance of lead batteries to power our daily lives and encourage continued investment in economical, sustainable lead battery technology to store and provide energy on demand.