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The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory

JCESR is a major research partnership that integrates government, academic, and industrial researchers from many disciplines to overcome critical scientific and technical barriers and create new breakthrough energy storage technology.

Sited at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory, JCESR seeks to establish next-generation electricity storage through a new research paradigm that unites discovery science, battery design, research prototyping and manufacturing collaboration. JCESR focuses exclusively on beyond-lithium-ion energy storage. Its vision is to transform transportation and the electricity grid with high performance, inexpensive electricity storage that enables widespread deployment of electric cars, broad penetration of wind and solar electricity and breaks the century-old constraint of matching instantaneous electricity generation with instantaneous electricity demand.

Its mission is to deliver two prototypes, one for transportation and one for the grid, which when scaled to manufacturing are capable of delivering five times the energy density at one-fifth the cost of the commercial batteries available at its launch in 2012.

JCESR intends to leave three legacies: a library of fundamental science of the materials and phenomena of energy storage at atomic and molecular levels, two prototypes, one for transportation and one for the grid, that when scaled to manufacturing are capable of meeting JCESR’s aggressive performance and cost targets, and a new paradigm for battery research and development that integrates discovery science, battery design, research prototyping, and manufacturing collaboration.