Scientific Tools

JCESR seeks to transform the transportation sector and electric grid the way the lithium-ion battery transformed personal electronics. However, mixing and matching JCESR’s three energy storage concepts yields at least 18 conceptual designs for beyond-lithium-ion batteries. Adding to this the 20-30 candidate battery materials that could implement these designs yields at least 50-100 possible combinations for beyond-lithium-ion batteries.

With so many possible combinations, a traditional Edisonian approach, simply trying one new battery combination after another, would be too slow to make adequate progress within JCESR’s five-year charter. 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.

Electrochemical Discovery Laboratory

The Electrochemical Discovery Laboratory synthesizes high-quality electrodes and electrolytes for beyond Li-ion batteries and then characterizes their properties with state-of-the-art analytical techniques. The goal is to understand, at atomic and molecular levels, the chemical transformations that occur during battery charging and discharging.

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Techno-Economic Modeling

JCESR has developed computer models that combine scientific and technical parameters with cost. These models are being used to evaluate the best pathways for beyond-lithium-ion systems to reach $100 per kilowatt-hour, a key parameter for batteries used in electric vehicles and on the grid.

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JCESR is supplementing the traditional project management approach using “Sprints.” Sprints are small teams of dedicated researchers formed specifically to solve a select JCESR research challenge within a short time.

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JCESR Scientific Sprints - Speed through Collaboration

Sprints empower early-career scientists to show their leadership qualities in the Sprints they lead. Once a Sprint is completed, the outcome is documented within JCESR and shared with the research community. The resulting new knowledge then informs and inspires subsequent research challenges.

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