The Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI) has issued a new request for research proposals to support innovation and development in lead battery technologies.

For the first time, CBI is seeking research bids focused on facilitating the latest understanding in energy storage applications such as microgrids for renewable energy, load following for electrical grids, and demand response for commercial and industrial applications.

Building on the launch of CBI’s technical innovation roadmap last year, which set out research priorities for the next five years, the latest research request is focusing on identifying new pathways to continue the improvements in lead battery performance for energy storage systems.

Dr Matthew Raiford, manager of CBI’s technical program, said: “Innovation is the lifeblood of our industry and each year we push the boundaries of research in lead battery technology. We’ve made great progress in the last 12 months with our rolling research program so we’re opening up the opportunity for universities, companies and other research institutes to submit proposals for a new wave of research projects. We know that demand for battery supported energy storage is growing exponentially and innovation in our technology needs to keep pace with this growth.”

As a newer application for lead batteries, research into field and laboratory tests for energy storage systems is essential to gain deeper insights into understanding total energy throughput and increasing service life and performance, CBI says.