Renewable Energy Storage

The U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts global energy consumption will increase nearly 50% over the next 30 years, with renewable energy rivaling fossil fuels. Maximizing renewables will require a mix of energy storage solutions, including lead batteries, that have key environmental and economic benefits.

Mix of Energy Storage Technologies Needed to Meet Rapidly Growing Energy Demand

It’s essential policy makers understand the vital role batteries play in the transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. One such role is in battery energy storage systems (BESSs), which bank green energy and release it when needed. As energy demands increase, so will the need for advanced battery technologies.

Meeting demand means the world must increasingly rely on renewable energy sources (solar, wind and water) and a mix of energy storage options. Domestically made lead batteries are ideally suited, due to their desirable profile:

In fact, lead batteries already help the U.S. toward achieving its environmental and economic goals. Lead batteries have a closed-loop circular economy that supports a 99% recycling rate. And, domestic lead battery manufacturers source about 86% of needed lead from North American recycling facilities.

Renewable Energy Storage: New Fact Sheet

Learn how lead batteries are maximizing renewables, while serving as a sustainability role model for other battery technologies and industries. The fact sheet also includes details on cost, performance and safety.

Renewable Energy Storage Fact Sheet
Solar panels and lead batteries provide renewable energy storage

Renewable Energy Highlights

  • In 2021, more than 20% of U.S. electricity was generated from renewables.
  • California’s 2020 Solar Mandate requires all newly built homes to install solar photovoltaic systems. As of 2022, solar advocates were lobbying for a similar mandate in 11 other states.
  • By 2040, the growth in global energy demand will likely equate to adding the power needs of another China and India.
  • Texas produces nearly one-quarter of the nation’s wind energy.

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Tim Fister from the Argonne National Laboratory

There's a lot of room for growth in ... lead battery chemistry ... it's something that would really make it even more competitive for things like stationary storage.

Dr. Tim Fister, Materials Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory