Advanced lead batteries: the future of energy storage
The Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI) is the only global pre-competitive research organization funding cutting-edge research into lead batteries for energy storage, motive and automotive applications, bringing together global manufacturers, research institutes and universities.
Hi-tech batteries support boost in demand for household solar energy
Engineers at Gridtential Energy and EAI, supported by the Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI), are working to further develop quick and safe ‘plug and play’ solar powered energy storage systems to meet the boom in demand for renewable, and secure, energy in U.S. homes. MORE...
Boom in utility energy storage demand drives advanced battery research
As part of the new suite of energy storage research projects launched by the Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI), Hammond Group Inc. and East Penn Manufacturing have teamed up to meet the needs of the utility storage market. MORE...
Beamline meets battery: scientists to study advanced batteries
As the EU prepares to become a world-leader in sustainable battery technology and manufacturing, the Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI) has launched a new European research project using neutron diffraction in a bid to improve the lifetime of energy storage batteries. MORE...
Community Now Has Power When They Need It
A community-owned electricity supplier in Missouri, serving more than 100,000 people, is being supported by an energy storage solution powered by lead batteries. The facility in Springfield is managed in a partnership between City Utilities and NorthStar Battery. MORE...
MW-Scale Services to Balance Largest US Grid
There is an increasing need for regulation services due to the large-scale integration of intermittent wind and solar generation which affects the physical operation of the modern grid. The grid scale energy storage system, operational since 2012, provides 3 MW regulation service MORE...
Trailblazing Energy Storage Facility in US
Located in a small coastal town in Maine with a population of 2,000 people is the first non wires alternative (NWA) application of battery based storage for utility infrastructure in the US , using advanced lead batteries. MORE...
Delivering Clean, Reliable Energy to New York
Historic power outages caused by Hurricane Sandy exposed vulnerabilities in the US power grid. The New York State Energy Research & Development Authority formed local and federal partnerships to launch an initiative that incented building owners to add grid resilience BTM. MORE...
Large-scale Grid Frequency Regulation System
Located in Bennewitz, Saxony, is a large-scale, 25 MWh / 16 MW lead-carbon battery energy storage system, connected to the local German utility grid since May 2019. MORE...
Large Scale Microgrid in Tanzania, Africa
A case study that demonstrates the power of advanced lead battery technology in supporting solar microgrid installations in African communities with no access to the grid. MORE...
Off-grid Residential Solar Systems
For more than 10 years, a First Nation community in British Columbia have achieved their energy needs through a renewable system supported by advanced lead batteries for energy storage. MORE...
CBI Launches Study of Battery Solar Microgrid
CBI has joined other members of the Missouri S&T Microgrid Industrial Consortium to provide resources for the construction of advanced lead battery microgrids at the Missouri S&T EcoVillage. Two on-campus high-tech homes will act as ”living laboratories” for studying renewables. MORE...
The Consortium is led by scientists with extensive expertise in the lead and lead battery industry with an expert advisory group made up of senior battery scientists from across the globe. Our core team brings together CBI's work in technical research, standards and testing, communications and marketing.
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.
Matthew Raiford earned his B. Sc. in Chemistry from Texas A&M University in 2009 and his Ph. D. in Chemistry from University of Texas at Austin in 2014. Afterward he started as process engineer at RSR Technologies. Matt has spent the last five years working on materials development in active materials for lead batteries. He is focused on improving dynamic charge acceptance and cycle life in lead batteries and has pursued this goal by working with national labs, universities, and the lead battery industry.
Communications and Digital Manager
Niamh Owen-McLaughlin has a BA Geography degree from University College London (UCL). She has worked for the industry for six years and is currently Communications & Digital Manager for the Consortium for Battery Innovation.
Joana Coimbra has a BA in Media Studies from the University of Lisbon and a MA in International Journalism from the University of Central Lancashire. She has worked in Portugal, Spain and Italy and has experience from both the private and public sectors. She is a Communications Officer for CBI based in Brussels.