In the News 2019

Federal Push to Develop Batteries for Power Grid Runs into State Opposition
Houston Chronicle
June 20, 2019
The power sector has long viewed batteries as the answer to the challenges of the modern electric grid, but efforts by the federal government to speed their development have run into fierce opposition from states and utilities reluctant to cede control over the emerging technology.
US Initiative to Reduce Storage, EV Reliance on Chinese Minerals Amid Trade Uncertainty
Utility Dive
June 13, 2019
Even though the United States possesses critical minerals, the growth of energy storage, as well as electric vehicles, will require more sources than the ones domestically available, George Crabtree, director at Argonne National Laboratory’s Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee June 4.
Recycling Key to Cutting Battery Storage Cost, Argonne Chief Says
Energy Storage Publishing
June 6, 2019
The US should take urgent action to cut battery costs and reduce dependency on other nations for raw materials in order to expand the use of energy storage systems, legislators have been told.
How Can the US Reduce Battery Costs and Foreign Dependence? Recycle, Argonne Official Tells Senators
Utility Dive
June 5, 2019
Figuring out a way to recycle lithium-ion batteries could significantly reduce the cost of battery storage and other applications, George Crabtree, director at Argonne National Laboratory’s Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee yesterday.
Senate Energy Resources Committee Issues Testimony From Argonne National Laboratory
Energy Central News
June 4, 2019
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee issued the following testimony by George Crabtree, director of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research at Argonne National Laboratory, at a hearing to examine opportunities for the expanded deployment of grid-scale energy storage.
Energy Storage Could Lead to Air Taxis, Low-Carbon Power Grid
Bloomberg Environment
June 4, 2019
National laboratory scientists are envisioning a future in which electric airplanes ply the skies and large batteries enable full electrification of the U.S. transportation system.
Experts Eye Government Role in Expansion of Energy Storage
Daily Energy Insider
June 4, 2019
A panel of experts called on the federal government to increase its role in the development of energy storage technology, which is being increasingly seen as a method to ensure energy supplies amid natural disasters and other periods of power shortages or outages.
The Race Is on to Build a Better Battery
May 24, 2019
Renewable energy could reshape the global economy—but only if it can be cheaply and safely stored. Many companies, such as JCESR startup, Form Energy, are racing to meet this goal.
To Create Prosperity, Free Market Competition Isn’t Enough—You Need Collaboration Too
May 15, 2019
Science’s commitment to communal effort is not at all new, but is a thread running deep in America’s long history of technological dominance. And it’s not all about private companies competing with each other, either: it’s about how the market can benefit from public investment.
Is Nanotech the Next Big Breakthrough in Longer-lasting Batteries?
South China Morning Post
May 7, 2019
In the global race to create more efficient and long-lasting batteries, some are betting on nanotechnology – the use of minuscule parts – as the most likely to yield a breakthrough.
We Need to Rethink Agility for a New Era of Innovation
April 29, 2019
Over the past few decades, agility has largely meant moving faster and faster down a predetermined path. Over the next few decades, however, we’ll need to learn how to go slower and collaborate more effectively to deliver much larger impacts.
How Slippery Surfaces Allow Sticky Pastes and Gels to Slide
MIT News
April 22, 2019
Engineered surface treatment developed by JCESR researchers at MIT could significantly boost the overall efficiency of flow batteries.
Registration Open for 12th Annual Beyond Lithium-Ion Symposium
Argonne National Laboratory
April 11, 2019
The 12th annual Beyond Lithium-Ion Symposium on energy storage brings together scientists and engineers to discuss transformational advances and the further breakthroughs needed in scalable energy storage to go beyond the current state-of-the-art lithium-ion batteries.
10 Disruptive Battery Technologies Trying to Compete with Lithium-ion
Solar Power World
January 29, 2019
Chicago-based research intelligence firm PreScouter recently released a report detailing 10 new battery technologies poised to disrupt the market over the next decade and usher in the next wave of high-performance batteries. Here’s a high-level look at the report findings.
Cleantech Innovations in the Midwest Need More Venture Capital Money
Medill Reports
January 28, 2019
Though still an industrial metropolis, Chicago is actively becoming a clean energy innovation hub for microgrids, electric cars and next generation battery research.


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