The lead acid battery was discovered in 1859 by a man named Plante’. He rolled tow sheets of lead separated by flannel and immersed it into diluted Sulphuric acid. He then connected dry cell batteries to this and the first lead acid reversible cell was named.
This was remarkable since electricity had not been discovered yet! For a long time there was no progress made until the discovery of electricity.
By 1880, power stations came into being into some of the larger cities. Batteries were used to power engines and generators which were being used to supply light at night. By the 1900’s the battery industry took off, it was needed for lighting, boats, telephone exchanges and tramcars.
Since the invention of the electric starter for motor vehicles over 80% of all lead used in the battery industry goes into the production of lead acid batteries.
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