Apr 2015
Gas Distribution
Lead Crystal Battery Assessment
NIA_WWU_023
Complete
Apr 2015
Oct 2015
Wales and West Utilities, Northern Gas Networks, UK Power Networks and SGN
WWU- Paul Rackley (Project Manager) – (lead GDN) SGN- Mark Skerritt (Project Manager) UKPN- Bob Ferris (Project Manager) NGN – Alec Breen (Project Manager)
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Network Innovation Allowance
None
£20,511.00

The intention of this project is to evaluate the potential of using Lead Crystal Battery technology over and above existing, traditional network applications; as well as investigating whether there are any other alternative battery technologies available that may be of equal or greater benefit.

Depending on the findings from this project, then consider creating a ‘follow on’ project to implement the use of an alternative battery technology, or technologies, in traditional applications.

The objective of this project is to:

  • Carry out a desktop review of lead crystal battery technology (compared with traditional lead acid and NiCAD batteries).
  • Identify any other competing battery technologies that may be relevant for network applications.
  • Evaluate the potential benefits (technical and financial) of using new lead crystal battery technology over traditional lead acid and NiCAD batteries.
  • Determine network applications where like-for-like replacement of traditional lead acid or NiCAD batteries is feasible and beneficial.
  • Confirm whether there is merit in pursuing a follow on project to implement the use of an alternative battery technology to traditional applications.
The project will be deemed to be successful if the following outcomes are achieved:

  • Providing a desk top review of lead crystal battery technology, applications and perceived benefits; including identification of any other competing battery technologies that may be relevant now and in the near future.

  • Completing a review of DNO and GDN network applications, where new lead crystal battery technology could be deployed, and associated technical requirements; including technical feasibility for like-for-like replacement of traditional lead acid or NiCAD batteries.

  • Evaluation of the benefits (technical and financial) of deploying new lead crystal battery technology to traditional lead acid or NiCAD battery network applications.

This research project will ultimately deliver a comprehensive report that clearly demonstrates the potential benefits for using new lead crystal technology, and any other potentially suitable battery alternatives, for those specific network applications highlighted as being technically feasible and beneficial.