Battery research group heralds 100th global member

Source: press release, 7 January 2020

Fair Isle, one of the UK’s most isolated communities, now has 24-hour power for the first time using Surrette’s lead batteries
Fair Isle, one of the UK’s most isolated communities, now has 24-hour power for the first time using Surrette’s lead batteries (photo: Surrette Battery Company)

Global battery research group, the Consortium for Battery Innovation, is celebrating its 100th member company, Surrette Battery Company, a north American battery manufacturer providing batteries for a range of applications, including renewable energy storage for remote wind and solar farms.

Surrette, based in Springhill, Nova Scotia in Canada produces deep cycle lead batteries under the Rolls brand delivering dependable energy storage to installations from remote Scottish islands to the Amazon rainforest.

James Surrette, President of Surrette Battery Company says, “Support for advanced lead battery innovation is critical to supporting decarbonisation across the globe. We are committed to continuously improving a robust, reliable and cost-effective battery technology which has significant untapped potential.”

In 2019 the Consortium welcomed a diverse number of companies from across the lead battery industry, including most recently Wirtz Manufacturing, a battery manufacturing equipment supplier, H. Folke Sandelin which specialises in lead extrusion technology, and W. L. Gore & Associates, a global materials science company.

Dr Alistair Davidson, Director of the Consortium says, “Our members share a common passion for research and innovation, and they are supporting ground-breaking initiatives all of which will continue to improve the performance of advanced lead batteries. We are delighted to welcome Surrette as the 100th member of the Consortium.”

The surge in demand for battery energy storage is matched by the growth in electricity from renewables, with wind and solar accounting for 60% of this increase. With this share expected to grow by more than five times by 2040, the role of energy storage is core to meeting low carbon targets and delivering clean, renewable energy.

The International Energy Agency predicts that batteries will play an increasingly important role in providing a means for energy storage. Currently, only 1% of renewable energy is complemented by storage, but as countries across the globe continue moving towards greater decarbonisation and electrification, advanced lead batteries are one of the technologies poised to meet this demand.