Lead technology is 150-year-old technology, but an Australian company has put a new spin on it to give batteries a longer life and higher efficiency.
UltraBattery is a hybrid, long-life lead energy storage device that was developed by CSIRO in Australia, and manufactured by East Penn Manufacturing in the United States and the Furukawa Battery Company in Japan.
The technology works by combining ordinary lead battery chemistry and ultracapacitor chemistry in a single cell.
One of the product’s main features is its partial state of charge – it’s neither completely full or completely empty of charge.
This means the battery can continually service power variability needs and run longer between refreshes, so it has less downtime.