Emergency and Remote Power

Lead batteries safeguard vital communications, reliably power our transportation and logistics networks, and support backup power systems that protect lives, investments and data in an emergency.

Safeguarding and Keeping Us Connected

When the power goes out, lead batteries ensure that the Internet stays on. Large technology companies such as Google rely on lead battery backup power to protect massive online data repositories. Lead battery energy storage systems help manage the variability of electric grids and keep communication and data networks working 24/7. The ability of lead batteries to deliver an Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) is helping drive global growth in lead battery production.

A rack of emergency lead batteries for a telecommunication center
A rack of emergency batteries for a telecommunication and data transfer center.

Protecting Our Lives, Investments and Data

Lead batteries are there at life’s most critical moments. In times of crisis, lead batteries provide critical backup power for emergency response teams. This includes energy for emergency lighting, mobile communications systems and the batteries that power the vehicles first responders depend on to save lives.

The U.S. military also relies on lead batteries to provide onboard power to helicopters and keep our troops safe by providing backup power during outages. And in hospitals around the globe, they save lives by providing emergency backup power for life-saving equipment during temporary power outages.

The New York Stock Exchange relies on lead battery backup power to protect its critical online data. Worldwide, lead battery energy storage systems manage the variability of electric grids to keep communication and data networks consistently accessible. Furthermore, lead is the dominant battery chemistry used to support a U.S. communication infrastructure worth more than $1 trillion.

In hospitals worldwide, lead batteries save lives by providing emergency power for lifesaving equipment during temporary power outages.

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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