US university research project switches to lead batteries for solar-powered EcoVillage
The Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC) will add its expertise to a project that aims to create a solar-powered microgrid on the campus of the Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T).
The project involves the creation of an EcoVillage microgrid on the university campus in Rolla, Missouri, utilising solar panels in combination with lead battery energy storage units. In past projects, Missouri S&T has used lithium batteries, but is keen to use lead batteries in this project due to their excellent performance, reliability, cost and end of life recycling.
Initial planning for the project was conducted at a recent meeting on the Missouri S&T campus with a number of key players, including ALABC member Doe Run, Ameren, Missouri Department of Economic Development Division of Energy and Missouri Public Utilities Alliance - ALABC members NorthStar, Exide and Enersys also attended the meeting.
ALABC is an international research co-operative, supported by the International Lead Association, comprised of lead producers, battery manufacturers, equipment suppliers, application developers, and research facilities organised to enhance the performance of lead batteries for a variety of markets.
ALABC’s Alistair Davidson said: “From an ALABC point of view, this project is expected to highlight how lead batteries are the right choice in this type of application as we believe that they provide an excellent energy storage option for the project.”
Angie Rolufs, of the S&T Microgrid Industrial Consortium, said: “Our consortium was created to advance the knowledge and use of microgrids through industry/academic partnerships. The planned partnership with ALABC aligns perfectly with our consortium vision. The project also provides the opportunity to tell a good news story from a Missouri economic development point of view, since lead is a Missouri natural resource.”
The project fits in well with ALABC’s current three-year energy storage technical communications program, which aims to highlight the benefits of using lead batteries. The lessons learnt about the performance of lead batteries in the project will be available to all the consortium’s 70+ member companies globally, with the potential to help determine the future direction of ALABC R&D.
If further battery companies are interested in participating and providing batteries for this project, please contact Alistair Davidson. It is anticipated that this project will start in October 2017.
The Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium is an international research co-operative comprised of lead producers, battery manufacturers, equipment suppliers, application developers, and research facilities organized to enhance the performance of lead batteries for a variety of markets, including hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) applications. A program of the International Lead Association, ALABC pools the resources of its global membership in order to perform specific research on advanced lead batteries that otherwise would not be possible by any single entity. For more information about the ALABC, visit www.alabc.org
International Lead Association (ILA)
ILA is the trusted and authoritative global trade association for the lead industry and supports ALABC. Its member companies are at the forefront of lead mining, smelting and recycling and through ILA are working towards a vision of a sustainable global lead industry that is recognised for the positive contribution it makes to society. www.ila-lead.org
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