Energy storage emerging: A perspective from the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research

Schematic of how JCESR pursues transformative materials, chemistries, and architectures designed at the atomic and molecular level and built from the bottom up, allowing for the construction of purpose-designed batteries for current and future applications.

Scientific Achievement

As part of the National Academy of Sciences colloquium, “Status and Challenges in Decarbonizing our Energy Landscape,” the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research leadership published this perspective on energy storage solutions that are emerging and how many solutions are needed to fulfill the varied application needs today and in the future.

Significance and Impact

Owing to ”hub” status and five years of team research, JCESR has a unique vantage point of research and development of energy storage that can surpass Li-ion batteries. This perspective describes important JCESR breakthroughs and the current drive to pursue a bottom-up approach for creating next-generation batteries.

Research Details

  • JCESR initially aimed to make batteries that could surpass Li-ion batteries by using a top-down approach, pursuing specific battery systems with high energy density and low cost
  • The top-down approach led to numerous scientific breakthroughs, but also a deep understanding of the scientific gaps that remain
  • JCESR now embraces a bottom-up approach that employs innovative experimental tools, computational simulation of electrochemical phenomena, and artificial intelligence applied to materials discovery to help enable a diversity of batteries for a diversity of applications

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DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1821672117

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