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A new lead acid battery developed by a consortium with the CSIRO is being trialled on off-grid conditions, including as storage for intermittent renewable energy.

Called the UltraBattery, it takes the 150-year-old lead battery technology, like those used to start cars, and adds a super-capacitor.

The consortium was an international one, with CSIRO in Australia, the battery was built by Furukawa Battery Company in Japan and tested in the United Kingdom through American based Advanced Lead Battery Consortium.

Now an Australian company, Ecoult in Sydney, has been commercialising it in a system it calls UltraFlex.

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