Research Legacy

Having brought together a “dream team” of scientists, engineers, and manufacturers to develop transformative energy storage technologies, 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
  • and a new paradigm for battery research and development that integrates discovery science, battery design, research prototyping, and manufacturing collaboration in a single highly interactive organization.

We have already achieved our third legacy. Our new paradigm integrates talent from 20 organizations comprising more than 180 researchers – including students, postdocs, early career researchers, senior scientists, and engineers from national laboratories, universities, and industry. As JCESR matures, it embraces new opportunities for strengthening and expanding the new paradigm. Continuous improvement of its structure and operating principles is fundamental to its success.

With more than 250 published scientific journal articles, we are well on our way to attaining our first legacy, a library of fundamental science for beyond-lithium-ion batteries. Our scientists continually document and share our accomplishments with the scientific community. We anticipate hundreds more such publications in the coming years.

For the important second legacy, we have identified the most promising candidates for proof-of-principle battery prototypes that can be transitioned to manufacturing. These prototypes are now being tested in the laboratory.

As part of our strategy, we also continue to emphasize exploratory or “divergent” research on alternative approaches for prototypes. Experience with lithium ion and other battery concepts has shown that many excellent ideas fail, often because of competing side reactions that inevitably occur at electrochemical interfaces. JCESR intentionally maintains a strategic portfolio of alternative approaches that we can quickly move into the mainstream.

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