Lead batteries are a safe, proven and cost-effective technology that offer one of the most scalable energy storage options available.
Lead batteries have been used worldwide for more than 100 years and help power innovative and safe energy storage solutions, including large renewable energy storage facilities and an uninterruptable power supply (UPS) for vital telecommunications and data centers.
These cost-effective, sustainable batteries can help us achieve a cleaner and greener future. Lead batteries are the lowest cost option compared with other battery technologies, in terms of both upfront cost and over the lifetime of the system. An initial investment in batteries at a renewable energy facility is $150-$200/kWh compared to other systems that could cost up to three times as much.
Combined with their circular economy and responsible end-of-life protocol, lead batteries are also the most sustainable energy storage.
Lead batteries benefit from a circular economy that includes the design, manufacture, collection and recycling of batteries that contributes to their cost-effectiveness and sustainability. The lead battery industry’s solid manufacturing base and coast-to-coast recycling network are models of efficiency which helps make lead batteries more affordable than other storage options.
Advanced lead battery technology is also helping make micro- and medium hybrid-electric vehicles more affordable and effective. Thanks to new 48V lead-carbon battery technologies, car manufacturers have a more affordable option that can reduce CO2 emissions by 15-20 percent.