Lead-acid batteries are the dominant market for lead (around 85-90% of all lead use) and ILA is active in supporting the research and development of lead-acid battery technologies through its management role in the Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC).
While the development of specific products is normally undertaken by individual battery manufacturers, the ALABC pre-competitive research programs play an important role in bringing new technology concepts from the lab to the demonstration marketplace cost effectively, at a faster pace and in a co-ordinated way that would not otherwise be possible by any single entity.
The Consortium’s international membership, comprised of lead producers, battery manufacturers, equipment and component suppliers, and research institutions, are encouraged to not only take part in the research and development efforts, but to engage in discussions regarding the future directions of the program and the lead-acid battery industry in general.
In the 20+ years of its existence, the ALABC’s research programs have helped to resolve major issues that have plagued lead-acid batteries in deep cycling and high-rate partial state of charge applications. Today, the Consortium is focused on overcoming issues related to performance in hybrid electric vehicles, grid-supporting and renewable energy storage systems, thereby enhancing lead-acid’s marketability in the face of increasing competition from emerging battery chemistries, ultra-capacitors and fuel cells. Read more about the achievements of the 2013-15 research programme.
The major functions of ALABC include:
Read more in the about the 2016-18 ALABC program
Find out more at the ALABC website