Capturing solar power to make sustainable lead batteries
An ILA member has built one of the largest self-generation solar installations in its production plants in Portugal. Power generated by the sun’s rays is captured in lead battery energy storage systems, supplying the company’s advanced battery manufacturing and recycling facilities.
In two solar installations at the EU-based Exide Group’s plants in Castanheira do Ribatejo and Azambuja, Portugal, the company has a combined capacity of 4.5 MWp. This has reduced carbon emissions by an average of 20% across both sites. This system is one of the largest self-generated installations backed by energy storage in Europe.
“More companies will rely on storage-backed self-generated power in the years ahead, and we are excited to be at the forefront of this trend.” said Stefan Stübing, CEO and President of Exide Technologies.
Fully recyclable at end-of-life, the batteries provide added sustainability for renewable energy storage applications. As part of a ‘Green Social Building’, the battery system is operating as an island for the factory workers, where the solar panels provide energy during the day and the batteries provide power at night.
By pairing the solar installations with advanced lead battery storage, this project is providing an exciting option for energy intensive manufacturing facilities to reduce both carbon emissions and energy costs.
Find out more about the role of lead batteries in clean energy here.
This item was first published by the Consortium for Battery Innovation.
Cover image: 290 Sonnenschein A600 Gel lead batteries are used for the energy storage system at Exide’s Castanheira facility. Photo credit: Exide