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  • Better Batteries Hold Promise for a Sustainable Future

    Better batteries for electric cars and cellphones and better batteries for industrial use that can store excess power generated by wind and solar farms and then supply it to the grid at times of peak demand are greatly needed. The ability to efficiently store … Read More

  • Search for the Super Battery

    We live in an age when technological innovation seems to be limitlessly soaring. But for all the satisfying speed with which our gadgets have improved, many of them share a frustrating weakness: the batteries. Aired on February 1, 2017, this NOVA program entitled … Read More

  • Energy Storage Has the Potential to Change the Way We Live

    This CNBC Special Report discusses how the striking and swift evolution of cell phones from cumbersome bricks to sleek, powerful devices was possible because of the lithium-ion batteries used to charge them up. Next-gen batteries could bring the kind of change we’ve seen in telephones to electric vehicles and the grid. Read More

  • Energy Storage: George Crabtree

    George Crabtree, JCESR Director, discusses the importance of developing the next generation of batteries and how that could help transform transportation and the electricity grid. Read More

  • Are Lithium-Ion Batteries Safe?

    Lithium-ion batteries are used in all kinds of devices. While there are very few safety issues relative to the millions of batteries in use, in light of some recent lithium-ion safety issues, Kris Van Cleave at CBS Evening News took a look at their safety. Read More

  • Sparingly Solvating Electrolytes for High Energy Density Lithium-Sulfur Batteries

    As JCESR scientists work to develop lighter and less expensive chemistries than those used in current lithium-ion batteries, lithium-sulfur shows tremendous promise. This perspective presents an alternate approach that could move us closer to long-lived, high energy density lithium-sulfur batteries. Read More

  • Inside Tesla's Deal to Buy SolarCity for $2.6 Billion

    Tesla Motors Inc. has agreed to purchase SolarCity for $2.6 billion deal that combines Elon Musk’s electric-car maker and clean-energy companies. Argonne National Laboratory’s George Crabtree, Techonomy’s David Kirkpatrick and Consumer Edge Research’s James Albertine speak on “Bloomberg West.” … Read More

  • JCESR Scientific Sprints - Speed through Collaboration

    JCESR supplements its traditional project management approach with scientific “Sprints.” Sprints take a single question from JCESR’s catalog of prioritized scientific challenges and dedicate a small, multidisciplinary team of 5-15 members to answer it, enabling us to move forward more rapidly in our research. 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. Read More

  • JCESR Scientific Sprints - Better Polymers for Better Batteries

    JCESR supplements its traditional project management approach with scientific “Sprints.” The sprint described in this video involved a multidisciplinary team from Argonne, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the University of Michigan. As they studied how polymers in solution can … Read More

  • Why We Need A Revolution In Energy Storage

    George Crabtree and JCESR scientists talk with Craig Benzine, host of PBS-sponsored YouTube show, “The Good Stuff” on why we need a better grid, the importance of energy storage on the grid and how all these things would confuse the ghost of Thomas Edison. Read More

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