Mission

We launched JCESR with a bold vision: to create game-changing, next-generation battery technologies that will transform transportation and the electricity grid the way lithium-ion batteries transformed personal electronics.

This bold vision addresses pressing national needs to reduce carbon emissions, increase energy efficiency, accelerate deployment of renewable solar and wind electricity on the grid, and modernize the grid with new operating concepts that strengthen its flexibility, reliability, and resilience.

Next-generation energy storage could meet these needs for transportation and the grid with a single dramatic innovation: batteries that deliver five times the energy density at one-fifth the cost. Such batteries would allow inexpensive electric cars to drive five times farther on a single charge, rivaling the 400-mile range of conventional gasoline cars, and they would make storing and releasing electricity on the grid just as cheap as generating it with natural gas turbines.

Next-generation energy storage has the potential to replace traditional, century-old fossil fuel technologies with newer, more sustainable and cleaner alternatives. The market implications are impressive: transportation and the grid account for nearly 70 percent of US energy use, compared to 2 percent for personal electronics powered by today’s lithium-ion batteries. In energy terms, next-generation batteries could have at least 10 times the market reach of today’s batteries. In dollars and cents, channeling half the transportation and grid energy through storage would create a market 10 times larger than personal electronics powered by lithium-ion batteries, which currently stands at $15-$20 billion.

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  • Search for the Super Battery

    We live in an age when technological innovation seems to be limitlessly soaring. But for all the satisfying speed with which our gadgets have improved, many of them share a frustrating weakness: the batteries. Aired on February 1, 2017, this NOVA program entitled … Read More

  • Director's Message -- 2016

    It seems only yesterday we launched the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), but in reality, it was nearly four years ago. Our vision was bold: high-performance, low-cost electricity storage that would lead to widespread deployment of electric vehicles and transformation of the … Read More

  • Energy Storage Has the Potential to Change the Way We Live

    This CNBC Special Report discusses how the striking and swift evolution of cell phones from cumbersome bricks to sleek, powerful devices was possible because of the lithium-ion batteries used to charge them up. Next-gen batteries could bring the kind of change we’ve seen in telephones … Read More

  • Scientific Sprints: Speed Through Collaboration

    As an innovative twist on traditional project management, JCESR conducts “Sprints,” small teams of dedicated researchers formed to solve a select research challenge within 1-6 months. Using the Sprint approach, JCESR takes a single question from our catalog of prioritized scientific challenges and dedicates a … Read More

  • Energy Storage: George Crabtree

    George Crabtree, JCESR Director, discusses the importance of developing the next generation of batteries and how that could help transform transportation and the electricity grid. Read More