CBI chairman urges battery research expansion ahead of COP26 climate summit

by John Shepherd
New CBI chairman Dr Christian Rosenkranz.
The new chairman of the Consortium for Battery Innovation (CBI) is urging governments to support expanded research into advanced battery technologies, ahead of the COP26 UN climate summit in Scotland later this year.

Dr Christian Rosenkranz said: "We need to see a huge uplift in rechargeable battery energy storage if countries are to get anywhere near the global targets for reducing carbon emissions.”

Rosenkranz, who has succeeded RSR Technologies’ Dr Tim Ellis as chairman of the global advanced lead battery research group, said: "As we approach the COP26 talks later this year we should be pressing for more commitments to support battery research into new and existing technologies in partnership with industry.”

'Concerted research effort'

In his inaugural message* to CBI members Rosenkranz, who is the EMEA industry and government relations vice-president for CBI member and advanced lead battery manufacturer Clarios, said: "At the consortium we are conducting and supporting innovative research projects in Europe, the United States and Asia which will significantly improve the performance of advanced lead batteries. 

"But we need to see a concerted effort to support further research efforts to support high-performance, reliable and cost-effective batteries for the future.”

CBI director Alistair Davidson said the consortium’s current technical programme is demonstrating "exciting routes for improving dynamic charge acceptance (DCA) by up to 40% and showing how tools such as battery management systems can significantly improve cycle life, a key technical parameter for energy storage applications”.

A new technical programme, set to be unveiled this year, "will have a strong focus on this emerging market where lead batteries are utilised around the world to support utility and renewable energy storage”, Davidson said. 

The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow in November.

*Click on the link below to see the inaugural message video: