Innovation: a roadmap for advanced lead batteries

The future of lead batteries – The work of the Consortium for Battery Innovation

Alistair Davidson (Consortium for Battery Innovation, United States)

This presentation will discuss the work of the newly formed Consortium for battery innovation (CBI).

The work of the Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI) expands and adapts on the program of the former Advanced Lead Acid Battery Consortium (ALABC). To enable its vision of leading and supporting lead battery research and innovation, the CBI focuses on three key areas – research and innovation, marketing and communications, and tests and standards.

Research and innovation are essential to the lead battery industry. In this respect, CBI has developed a new market driven technical roadmap to ensure that funded research will make a tangible difference to lead battery performance as well as meeting meet the ever-increasing demand of end users.

The lead battery industry recognises the value in co-ordinated communications and marketing programs. Recently highlighted CBI initiatives include lead battery demonstration projects in applications such as electric vehicle charging stations and microgrids, as well as a newly launched interactive map which highlights examples of global energy storage projects which use lead batteries.

Ensuring standards and testing are appropriate and proportional is vital to realising the benefits of lead batteries in a wide range of applications. There is significant opportunity for CBI to drive these key discussions with a number of initiatives already underway, including a collaboration with CENELEC and European car companies assessing the testing of Dynamic Charge Acceptance (DCA). This initiative is key to the future use of lead batteries in automotive applications.

CBI is already leading the charge in these areas and looking to take lead batteries to the next level.


Dr Alistair Davidson is Director of CBI, managing all the consortium’s work programs. Alistair attended the University of Oxford and obtained a PhD at the University of Edinburgh. He has lectured at both Washington State University, USA and the University of Chongqing, China.

Alistair Davidson

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