Lead is integral to our modern lifestyle.
The main benefits of lead are derived from harnessing lead’s chemical properties. Its incredible density provides unrivalled protection from radiation and is essential to staff working in hospitals, dental surgeries, laboratories and nuclear installations. Lead oxides are used in the manufacturing of some specialist glasses used in optical systems, scientific equipment and for radiation shielding. The metal protects thousands of kilometres of underwater power and communications cables. Keeping the world on the move in so many ways wouldn’t be possible without the lead used in battery technology. Lead batteries are the mainstay of storage technologies for renewable energy sources, such as solar cell and wind turbines and are used to power cars, trucks, buses, motorbikes, electric vehicles and hybrid vehicles.
Furthermore, lead batteries are vital as a back-up emergency power supply in case of mains power failure in hospitals, telephone exchanges, mobile phone networks, public buildings and for the emergency services. Today, lead is truly a modern metal, supporting a modern world.
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Cover image: Boliden lead bars 3. Photo credit: Stefan Berg, Boliden