How does the average person use lead batteries?
Lead batteries may be known for powering your car, but they do so much more. Lead batteries enable smart grid technology to store renewable energy, while also providing essential backup power for vital communications and data centres. And thanks to the continued funding of lead battery research, new battery technologies are being developed every day, such as start-stop systems that help reduce fuel consumption for your car by up to 10 percent.
How are lead batteries advancing to meet our future energy storage needs?
Through multi-million-euro investments and partnerships with universities worldwide, manufacturers, recyclers and the Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium are working to increase lead battery performance and lifecycle. This includes the increased demands from electrified vehicles, as well as developing new technologies that enable more reliable electricity generation by renewable energy wind and solar facilities.
Are lead batteries safe to use?
Lead batteries are a safe product that have provided essential energy storage for more than 100 years. The world entrusts 75 percent of its rechargeable energy storage to lead batteries, and these products help transport millions of Europeans every day.
How do lead battery manufacturers protect their employees?
Lead battery manufacturers exceed occupational safety and health standards by providing progressive safety training, on-site hygiene facilities and modern safety equipment.
How are lead batteries important for our economy?
Lead battery manufacturers represent a growing sector working to meet energy demands. The industry contributes billions of euros of economic benefit every year and employs more than 20,000 people across the EU.
How are lead batteries sustainable?
Because of their recyclability, lead batteries are one of the most sustainable forms of energy today. Every component of a lead battery is recyclable, from the lead to the plastic to even the sulfuric acid. In fact, every new battery contains at least 80 percent recycled lead, and the circular economy created by the lead battery industry helps ensure that over 99 percent of lead batteries are recycled in the EU.
How are lead batteries good for the environment?
Through advanced lead battery technology, new start-stop enabled vehicles reduce fuel consumption by up to 10 percent and by 2020 will help eliminate 2 million tonnes of greenhouse gases annually. Lead batteries also serve essential roles in both hybrid-electric and all-electric vehicles, providing power for on-board equipment and serving as a voltage regulator. Lead batteries are also used to store renewable energy produced by wind and solar facilities. And, with a 99 percent recycling rate, lead batteries are part of an efficient closed-loop recycling system. Modern, closed-loop recycling helps create new batteries from more than 1.7 million tonnes of recycled batteries each year.
How do lead batteries provide backup power?
Lead batteries safeguard the vital communication and data systems that keep the world connected and our economy stable. Lead batteries provide emergency backup power and an uninterrupted power supply (UPS) for hospitals and power grids.
What is Essential Energy Everyday
Essential Energy Everyday exists to increase awareness of the critical importance of lead batteries in our daily lives. Our aim is to inform and educate stakeholders of the need to continue investment in innovative and sustainable lead battery technology to store and provide energy on demand. ILA is committed to advancing innovations that support the integral role that lead batteries play in powering our everyday lives.