Lead batteries powering the 5G revolution


Dr. Alistair Davidson


Consortium for Battery Innovation

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Lead batteries powering the 5G revolution

 Lead batteries will achieve the priorities of the European Commission’s industrial strategy.

The European Commission’s industrial strategy aims to deliver three key priorities, maintaining the European industry’s global competitiveness, making Europe climate-neutral by 2050 and shaping Europe’s digital future.

Lead batteries made in Europe can aid Europe’s global competitiveness. Lead batteries’ role in clean mobility and clean energy will help Europe to be climate-neutral by 2050. Meanwhile, lead batteries will play an integral role in shaping Europe’s digital future.

Executive Vice-President Vestager at a press conference on Europe’s Digital Decade last month stated that the European digital principles will include universal access to high-quality connectivity, with the aim to have every European household covered with gigabit. A new study from Juniper Research has found that total annual spend on Mobile Edge Computing (the collection and analysis of data at the source of generation, at the Edge of the network, instead of a centralised location such as the cloud), will reach $11.2 billion by 2024.

The opportunities for innovation in Europe regarding the digital transition are infinite. The new 5G services proposed by the European Commission will increase performance and innovation across the continent. 5G networks are expected to be at least 10 times faster than current 4G LTE networks. With increased network speeds, information will be exchanged more quickly across the world. Real-time applications such as remote surgery and autonomous vehicles will be able to operate due to lower internet lag time. Edge computing, supported by 5G will place higher demands on data centre battery back-up. To ensure uninterrupted access to these services, telecoms and data centre back-up demand will increase exponentially. Lead batteries will be needed now more than ever.

Lead batteries are the central choice for the uninterruptible power supply (UPS) energy storage needed for data centres and network rooms. With the increase in back-up storage needed for this digital innovation, demand for energy storage will increase exponentially. Lead and lithium batteries are the only technologies with the scale and capacity to meet this increased need. For the digital transition, there will be a huge demand for these two technologies.

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