Axion Power releases first residential PbC battery ESS


Lead carbon battery manufacturer Axion Power announced the release in September of its first residential energy storage system for the public using solar energy stored with the firm’s newest generation of PbC batteries.
Earlier this year the Pennsylvania, US-based firm released a DIY Solar Light Kit that has a DC powered system, whereas the new one can be coupled with the AC grid.
“The residential battery system is ideal for homes in areas where net metering of solar is no longer an option, like Hawaii,” said Doug Speece, a marketing official at Axion.
“The solar array and the battery become the primary energy source, and the grid is used as back-up. The system is attractive to homeowners who are at risk of frequent power outages, providing a place to store excess energy produced in the middle of the day, and shift it to later in the evening.”
Although Axion has engineered the PbC battery using existing VRLA battery technology, the company says the activated carbon electrode offers distinct advantages over conventional lead-acid batteries: a high charge acceptance, for instance; long cycle life in deep discharge and partial state-of-charge cycling; superior lifetime energy work throughput; and minimal maintenance in high voltage string applications.
The PbC batteries are ~30% lighter than lead-acid batteries of equal size because the lead negatives are replaced with light-weight carbon electrodes. They are also nearly 100% recyclable.
The base 15 PbC battery cabinet provides 7kWh (20-hour rate) of usable energy storage and can be customized for larger sizes. It costs $7,995.
“I am excited about the future of the lead acid battery industry,” said CEO Richard Bogan. “PbC battery technology does not directly compete with current lead acid battery applications, but it does provide the industry with new applications and market opportunities that traditional lead acid batteries cannot serve.
“We are evaluating opportunities domestically and abroad. Most recently, Axion has reported on discussions to take its PbC technology to China and also testing that is now under way in Belgium for automotive applications.”