Lithium-ion batteries are one of many driving forces behind the transition away from fossil fuels, however the rechargeable battery that began all of it — lead-acid — has obtained little or no consideration.
Invented over 160 years in the past, lead-acid batteries have been upgraded a couple of instances, however right this moment’s cells are largely unchanged from these offered within the ’70s and ’80s. Gridtential, a Santa Clara-based startup, is betting there’s loads of room for enchancment. It’s developed a silicon plate that may change as much as 35% of the lead in a standard battery whereas enhancing its charging price fivefold and quadrupling its lifespan.
Gridtential right this moment introduced partnerships with two gamers within the lead-acid market, Hammond Group, which makes battery supplies and components, and Wirtz Manufacturing, which makes gear to deposit battery materials on a substrate.