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  • A Message from JCESR Director George Crabtree

    Despite the coronavirus challenges, JCESR continues to push the frontier of energy storage science as we telecommute from home, like much of the nation. We are turning our attention to computation, data analysis and paper writing which continues at a normal or higher pace, enabled … Read More

  • You’re invited: Idaho National Laboratory and JCESR webinar on energy storage (March 18 )

    Electrification is changing the energy landscape of the Mountain West region. While energy storage remains a key enabler to this transformation, infrastructure upgrade and supply chain development will be a key driver for this new economy. Join us on March 18 for a webinar where we’ll … 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

  • Research Highlight: Let the Good Times Flow

    One of the three energy storage concepts being explored by JCESR is the redox flow battery, which stores energy in liquids instead of solids and appears to be well suited for grid application. One liquid is for the cathode (catholyte), and one is for the anode (anolyte). Each liquid contains molecules designed to activate the reduction-oxidation (redox) reactions necessary for energy storage and electricity generation. Read More

  • Sprints Accelerate Research

    In October 2014, we introduced “Sprints” to accelerate research and meet our goal of developing two battery prototypes, one for transportation and the other for the grid. Each Sprint begins with the identification of a critical scientific question for prototype development that must be answered within a few month timeframe, and the formation of the right team of scientists and engineers to answer the question. This arrangement has resulted in increased interaction across organizations. Read More

  • Promising Directions and the Tools to Get Us There

    At the halfway point in our five-year charter, we have narrowed our research directions within the three promising energy storage concepts we are pursuing: multivalent intercalation, chemical transformation, non-aqueous redox flow. In converging these directions to proof-of-concept prototypes, we make extensive use of JCESR’s distinguishing tools. Read More

  • Director's Message -- 2015

    The Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), a Department of Energy Innovation Hub led by Argonne National Laboratory, is at the halfway point – 2½ years into its five year charter. This is a good time to step back and look at the big picture: how far we have come, what we have learned and where we are going. Read More

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  • A Message from JCESR Director George Crabtree

    Despite the coronavirus challenges, JCESR continues to push the frontier of energy storage science as we telecommute from home, like much of the nation. We are turning our attention to computation, data analysis and paper writing which continues at a normal or higher pace, enabled … Read More

  • You’re invited: Idaho National Laboratory and JCESR webinar on energy storage (March 18 )

    Electrification is changing the energy landscape of the Mountain West region. While energy storage remains a key enabler to this transformation, infrastructure upgrade and supply chain development will be a key driver for this new economy. Join us on March 18 for a webinar where we’ll … Read More

  • Direct Nano-Synthesis Methods Notably Benefit Mg-Battery Cathode Performance

    A novel Mg cathode material – CuCo2S4 – was identified as a conversion material where direct nano-synthesis was required to provide the best electrochemical performance and deliver 350 mAh·g-1 at 60 °C, a capacity nearly double that of ball-milled material with similar dimensions. Read More

  • Quantifying Capacity Losses due to Solid Electrolyte Interphase Evolution

    We quantified the capacity loss originating in solid electrolyte interphase (SEI) growth during each cycle and extracted the proportionality constant for SEI growth following a parabolic growth law. This continuous SEI growth contributes to the increasing overpotential, leading to capacity fading at a given constant … Read More

  • On Lifetime and Cost of Redox-Active Organics for Aqueous Flow Batteries

    In this viewpoint, we recommend methodology for (1) testing aqueous organic flow batteries to better understand the fade mechanisms and failure modes, and for (2) techno-economic assessment of these batteries that incorporates the costs associated with electrolyte decay and replacement to articulate a feasible design … Read More