Data Centers and Telecom

Lead batteries provide the backup power to keep us connected in an increasingly mobile society. They safeguard the vital telecommunications and data systems that keep us in the know and our economy stable. The fact that they are sustainable, with their circular economy and 99% recycling rate, is an added benefit.

There for You When Every Moment Counts

Lead is the dominant battery chemistry used to support a U.S. communications infrastructure worth more than $1 trillion and provide 90% of the backup power for 24/7 communications.

Proven and reliable lead batteries are the battery of choice for telecommunications centers to meet the mandate set by the Federal Communications Commission to provide backup power at all times for 911 call centers.

Across the U.S., anonymous, windowless and virtually indestructible buildings house the labyrinth of wires, fiber optics, switching equipment, transmission equipment and batteries that support the millions of phone lines that crisscross the country. The safety profile of lead batteries, including a non-flammable electrolyte and fire resistant plastic case, provide an advantage over other chemistries when choosing energy storage for these facilities.

Lead technology for a data center battery

Managing a Data Tsunami

Internet users generate about 2.5 quintillion bytes of data each day, which is equal to the number of all the ants on the planet multiplied by 100. And whether these bits and bytes contain your child’s baby pictures or your stock portfolio, you want assurance that your data is safe and available.

The data centers that manage and protect that data ensure continuous availability for everyone from 911 callers to Wall Street brokers. The New York Stock Exchange, Google and other major entities rely on lead battery backup power to protect massive online data repositories.

2.5 million emails are sent every second, and e-commerce is a part of our daily lives. With the growing importance of artificial intelligence, virtual reality machine-learning and 5G technology, the data explosion now represents a $160 billion market.

The criticality of that data, whether for military needs, Wall Street or healthcare, requires an Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS), that never goes down. Lead batteries are a safe and established technology that can be replicated at scale to meet the rapidly growing need.

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Venkat Srinivasan from the Argonne Collaborative Center

The lead acid battery ... is legendary. We can recycle 95+ percent of [these] batteries all across the world. It's a very safe chemistry, ... [and] we understand how to use it very, very well.

Dr. Venkat Srinivasan, Director, Argonne Collaborative Center for Energy Storage Science