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Reference Number NIA_WWU_023
Title Lead Crystal Battery Assessment
Status Completed
Energy Categories Other Power and Storage Technologies(Energy storage) 100%;
Research Types Applied Research and Development 100%
Science and Technology Fields PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND MATHEMATICS (Chemistry) 50%;
ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY (Electrical and Electronic Engineering) 25%;
UKERC Cross Cutting Characterisation Not Cross-cutting 100%
Principal Investigator Project Contact
No email address given
Northern Gas Networks
Award Type Network Innovation Allowance
Funding Source Ofgem
Start Date 01 April 2015
End Date 01 October 2015
Duration 6 months
Total Grant Value £20,511
Industrial Sectors Technical Consultancy
Region Yorkshire & Humberside
Programme Network Innovation Allowance
Investigators Principal Investigator Project Contact , Northern Gas Networks (99.997%)
  Other Investigator Project Contact , UK Power Networks (0.001%)
Project Contact , Wales and West Utilities (0.001%)
Project Contact , SGN (0.001%)
Web Site http://www.smarternetworks.org/project/NIA_WWU_023
Objectives The objective of this project is to: Carry out a desktop review of lead crystal battery technology (compared with traditional lead acid and NiCAD batteries). Identify any other competing battery technologies that may be relevant for network applications. Evaluate the potential benefits (technical and financial) of using new lead crystal battery technology over traditional lead acid and NiCAD batteries. Determine network applications where like-for-like replacement of traditional lead acid or NiCAD batteries is feasible and beneficial. Confirm whether there is merit in pursuing a follow on project to implement the use of an alternative battery technology to traditional applications. The project will be deemed to be successful if the following outcomes are achieved: Providing a desk top review of lead crystal battery technology, applications and perceived benefits; including identification of any other competing battery technologies that may be relevant now and in the near future. Completing a review of DNO and GDN network applications, where new lead crystal battery technology could be deployed, and associated technical requirements; including technical feasibility for like-for-like replacement of traditional lead acid or NiCAD batteries. Evaluation of the benefits (technical and financial) of deploying new lead crystal battery technology to traditional lead acid or NiCAD battery network applications. This research project will ultimately deliver a comprehensive report that clearly demonstrates the potential benefits for using new lead crystal technology, and any other potentially suitable battery alternatives, for those specific network applications highlighted as being technically feasible and beneficial.
Abstract Lead acid batteries used in traditional network applications are known to have a number of disadvantages and limitations; particularly with respect to service life, operating at higher temperatures, the need for controlled environments, along with the need for diligent safety and environmental management. New battery technologies are being developed at an increasing rate, to meet the growing demands of other industries for batteries that have larger capacities at higher temperatures, in smaller sizes with longer lives. Lead crystal battery technology has the potential to be used with traditional network applications to deliver enhanced service life, among other financial and technical benefits over traditional lead acid batteries. This research project will investigate the potential benefits of lead crystal batteries and other alternative battery technologies; those potential benefits being, longer service life, extreme temperature resistance, high current discharge performance, improved environmental and safety aspects, and credentials over traditional lead acid batteries. This new technology could be used for network applications, where traditional lead acid batteries are currently used, including substation tripping batteries, SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) outstation batteries and distribution switchgear/automation batteries.Note : Project Documents may be available via the ENA Smarter Networks Portal using the Website link above
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