Founded in 2012, JCESR is one of the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Energy Innovation Hubs. The mission of these Hubs is to advance promising areas of energy science and engineering from the earliest stages of research to the point of commercialization.
The mission of JCESR, DOE’s Batteries and Energy Storage Hub, is to overcome critical scientific and technical barriers and create transformative battery technology for transportation and the electric grid.
JCESR’s research focuses exclusively on the development of next-generation, beyond-lithium-ion batteries. Such batteries could allow inexpensive electric cars to drive five times farther on a single charge, rivaling the 400-mile range of conventional gasoline cars. They would also make storing and releasing electricity on the grid just as cheap as generating it with natural gas turbines.
Such ambitious goals require a new paradigm for government-funded research. Led by DOE’s Argonne National Laboratory, JCESR participants include government, academic, and industrial researchers from many disciplines. These participants are united in a major research project that combines discovery science, battery design, research prototyping, and manufacturing collaboration in a single highly interactive organization.
Our 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.
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 in a single highly interactive organization.