• Joint Center for Energy Storage Research

  • Storage at the Threshold
    In the inaugural issue of Nature Energy, George Crabtree discusses how a next-gen grid needs next-gen storage.

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  • A Better Grid - Why?
    George Crabtree and JCESR scientists discuss how a better grid would confuse the ghost of Thomas Edison.

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  • Lithium-ion and Beyond
    The path to next-generation batteries is likely to be as unpredictable as the path to today’s Li-ion batteries.

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  • The Next Energy Storage Revolution
    JCESR Director Crabtree on how next-gen batteries will revolutionize the grid, transportation.

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Our Mission

The Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) is a public/private partnership that brings together world-leading scientists, engineers, and manufacturers with an important mission: develop clean energy storage technologies for transportation and the electricity grid. The Center was established by the Department of Energy as an Energy Innovation Hub in 2012 and is led by Argonne National Laboratory. Our partners include five national laboratories, ten universities, and five industrial firms. Explore our website and discover how we are leading the way to transformational change in energy storage.

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JCESR Scientific Sprints - Speed through Collaboration

JCESR supplements its traditional project management approach with scientific “Sprints.” Sprints take a single question from JCESR’s catalog of prioritized scientific challenges and dedicate a small, multidisciplinary team of 5-15 members to answer it, enabling us to move forward more rapidly in our research. Sprints empower early-career scientists to show their leadership qualities in the Sprints they lead.

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Multivalent Intercalation

One of the energy storage concepts being pursued by JCESR is multivalent intercalation. This concept involves replacement of singly charged lithium ions in the lithium-ion battery by new doubly or triple charged ions.

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Chemical Transformation

A second energy storage concept being pursued by JCESR is chemical transformation. This concept involves replacement of intercalation of the working ion at the anode and cathode with higher energy chemical bonds.

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Redox Flow

A third energy storage concept being pursued by JCESR is redox flow. This concept involves the replacement of solid electrodes with energy-dense liquids.

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Scientific Tools

JCESR’s new paradigm replaces Edisonian science with innovative new tools that map the broad outlines of the beyond-lithium-ion research space instead of laboriously exploring its details one battery system or component at a time.

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JCESR brings together high-powered scientists and engineers from ten universities, five national laboratories, and five industrial firms, and provides them with the tools and institutional backing needed to discover new materials, understand their basic science, accelerate technology development, and commercialize revolutionary energy storage technologies.

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Available Technologies

JCESR researchers have developed a wide and diverse range of technologies that may have a worldwide impact in the area of energy storage. JCESR grants licenses for JCESR-developed intellectual property to existing and start-up companies that are technically and financially capable of turning early-stage technology into commercial products.

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Research Highlights

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  • The Electrochemical Discovery Laboratory

    The Electrochemical Discovery Laboratory (EDL) — a key JCESR discovery tool located at Argonne — synthesizes high-quality materials for testing in beyond-lithium-ion batteries and characterizes their properties with state-of-the-art analytical techniques. Read More

  • The Electrolyte Genome Project

    Traditional chemistry relies on intuition and experience to select a few materials that might work well for new electrolytes. The Electrolyte Genome streamlines this process by evaluating thousands of materials by simulation on the computer and choosing the most promising few for synthesis in the … Read More

  • Water as a Catalyst – Improving how Batteries Function

    Anyone who has ever dropped a cell phone in the sink will tell you that electrical devices and water do not go together. However, a new study has shown that conventional wisdom may not hold on the molecular scale in some beyond-lithium-ion batteries. Read More

  • Building New Battery Systems on the Computer

    JCESR is applying techno-economic models to project the performance and cost of a wide array of promising new battery systems before they are prototyped. The results from techno-economic modeling establish performance “floors” for discovery science teams looking for new anodes, cathodes, and electrolytes for a … Read More

  • Fitting the Lithium-Sulfur Battery with a New Membrane

    The lithium-sulfur battery has higher energy storage capacity and lower cost than lithium ion. But there is a serious stumbling block. Polysulfides form in the cathode during battery cycling and pass through the membrane to contaminate the lithium metal anode. This results in a rapid … Read More