Lead battery science research program overview at Argonne National Laboratory

Agenda for
5-9 September

Don Karner
President, Electric Applications Incorporated
Grid energy storage is rapidly emerging as a significant market for electrochemical energy storage. Unfortunately, the current generation of lead battery technology is not generally viewed as competitive in this market. With further research and development to optimize performance for grid energy storage, lead batteries can be a safe and economical alternative to the current use of lithium batteries for grid energy storage. The North American lead battery industry has organized to address this need by establishing the Lead Battery Science Research Program (LBSRP). Over 90% of the North American lead battery industry participates in the multi-year LBSRP. Managed by Electric Applications Incorporated, the LBSRP is conducted in cooperation with CBI at the Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement. The resources of ANL, including its synchrotron for conducting in operando investigations, provide the capability to perform basic and applied research that is beyond the capability and the resources of any single lead industry company. This increased capability provides the opportunity to assist the lead battery industry in developing a new generation of lead batteries optimized for grid energy storage applications.
This presentation provides an overview of the investigations conducted by the LBSRP during its first three-year program of work. Additionally, an overview of research work planned during the current three-year program is presented.


Donald Karner is President of Electric Applications Incorporated (EAI), located in Phoenix, Arizona and supporting energy storage applications and development. Prior to this, Mr. Karner founded and served as President of Electric Transportation Engineering Corporation (ETEC), specializing in fast charge infrastructure solutions for on road and off road electric vehicle applications and development and testing of alternative fuel vehicles.

In addition to his experience at ETEC and EAI, Mr. Karner has fifteen years of experience in the electric utility industry where he served as Executive Vice President and Chief Nuclear Officer for construction and operation of the 4,100 megawatt Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station.

Mr. Karner holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University and a Master of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Arizona. He is also a graduate of the Public Utility Executive Program of the University of Michigan.