Although important, neither consumer electronics nor electric vehicles are the main forces behind the growth in new battery technologies—instead it’s coming from “everything else.”
Lead-Acid Battery Applications
So, this is an article about the difference between the actual overall costs. Importantly, between lead acid batteries and Lithium-Ion batteries. Hence, over a five year time span. Of course, there are other consideration. Therefore to take into account. To be sure, one of the main advantages of lead acid is that they have been a proven product for over a hundred years.
The lifespan in the graph. Shows that a lead acid battery will only last for one year. Consequently, this cannot be true. As a result, many of our customers have fitted AGM batteries on their mobility scooters that have lasted three or four years. In any case these batteries have a one year warranty to fall back on.
Hence, I will concede on the battery weights. Lithium batteries are much lighter. The running rate is not that much different. Accordingly, I do not think the lifespan figures for the Lithium batteries, has been properly assessed. The one other crucial point is that of the lithium fire hazard.
So we all keep reading and hearing stories about appliances setting on fire. The culprit is usually Lithium-Ion batteries? The jury is out, but I am certain that lead acid batteries will still be around for many years to come.
To add to this post I think the re-cycling of Li-Ion batteries will be a problem. Lead acid battery manufacturers are reluctant to start creating new Li-Ion batteries because of the recycling problem.
Large companies such as Tesla are trying to use the old Electric car batteries for solar battery storage. However, in my opinion these have not stood the test of time. So, I am still recommending AGM battery brands such as Trojan batteries and US batteries. Hence, for use in the solar battery storage scheme of things.