In the News 2019

Northvolt is building a future for greener batteries
Chemical & Engineering News
December 13, 2019
Swedish firm aims to feed a booming electric vehicle market with more-sustainable lithium-ion batteries.
Why “Move Fast and Break Things” Doesn’t Work Anymore
Harvard Business Review
December 10, 2019
Greg Satell cites JCESR as an example of how to explore multiple domains at once and combine them into something that produces value. 
New Flow Batteries Could Accelerate an Electrical Grid Powered by the Sun and Wind
November 7, 2019
Berkeley Lab scientists have developed an affordable flow battery membrane for the electric grid from a new class of polymers called AquaPIM.
Go with the flow: Scientists design new grid batteries for renewable energy
November 7, 2019
Scientists have designed an affordable ‘flow battery’ membrane that could accelerate renewable energy for the electrical grid.
Expert: Energy storage, electric car charging would ‘pay big dividends’ for Dubuque
Telegraph Herald
November 2, 2019
Solar and wind energy have experienced substantial growth in Iowa in recent years as production costs have declined.
As The Original Moonshot Turns 50, We Still Need Public Support For Innovation
October 26, 2019
We tend to think of innovation as an individual effort. It’s much easier to visualize someone like Thomas Edison, Steve Jobs or Elon Musk, in a flash of inspiration, coming up with a brilliant idea than it is to imagine a vast, collective effort. Yet make no mistake. Innovation is a team sport and great innovators are great collaborators.
The coming electric vehicle transformation
October 25, 2019
Electric vehicles are poised to transform nearly every aspect of transportation, including fuel, carbon emissions, costs, repairs, and driving habits.
With Lithium-Ion Batteries, Fire Hazard Remains Unsolved
Engineering News-Record
October 23, 2019
Ruins of a lithium-ion battery factory in Oelbronn-Duerrrn, Germany, remain after a March 2018 fire. There were no injuries.
Lithium-ion battery development takes Nobel 
October 18, 2019
JCESR Director, George Crabtree, and JCESR Thrust Lead, Kristin Persson, were featured and quoted in Robert Service’s news article about the Nobel Prize.
Got what it takes to win a Nobel Prize? (why lithium-ion’s award should inspire you)
The Courier – College of DuPage’s student newspaper
October 16, 2019
JCESR Thrust Lead, Brian Ingram was featured and quoted by the Courier on the announcement of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
Inside James Dyson’s Costly Decision to Kill His Electric Car
October 17, 2019
James Dyson is beaten but not bowed by the failure of his electric car, a project many years in the making.
UChicago Alum John B. Goodenough Wins Nobel Prize in Chemistry
Chicago Inno
October 9, 2019
A University of Chicago alumnus who had a role in developing the lithium-ion batteries that power our cell phones, laptops and electric cars has been awarded a Nobel Prize in chemistry.
University of Chicago alum John Goodenough becomes oldest Nobel Prize winner at 97
ABC News Chicago
October 9, 2019
JCESR researcher, Shrayesh Patel, was interviewed by ABC News regarding the Nobel Prize announcement of John B. Goodenough, “for the development of lithium-ion batteries.”

University of Chicago alum John B. Goodenough shares Nobel Prize for invention of lithium-ion battery
UChicago News
October 9, 2019
The 2019 Nobel Prize in Chemistry has been awarded to John B. Goodenough, M. Stanley Whittingham and Akira Yoshino “for the development of lithium-ion batteries.”

Global Redox Flow Battery Market Set to Reach $370M by 2025: QY Research Utility Dive
Utility Dive
August 20, 2019
Industry experts say the United States has to create incentives for lithium-ion battery products to encourage manufacturers and decrease its dependence on Chinese imports.
Dominion Submits $33M Battery Storage Pilot Plan
Associated Press
August 6, 2019
Dominion Energy Virginia announced Tuesday a plan to spend around $33 million to build four electric power battery storage projects at three sites in central Virginia. The pilot projects, totaling 16 megawatts, would be the utility’s first use of battery storage technology.
Fire at Arizona Energy Storage Battery Bank Draws Scrutiny
Engineering News-Record
July 3, 2019
Questions are still awaiting answers as Arizona Public Service Co. investigates the cause of an explosion April 19 in a 2-MW/2-MWh grid-connected energy-storage battery facility in Surprise, Ariz.
To Compete in the Global Battery Arms Race, the US Must Spur its Domestic Market, Analysts Say
Utility Dive
June 24, 2019
Industry experts say the United States has to create incentives for lithium-ion battery products to encourage manufacturers and decrease its dependence on Chinese imports.
Arizona Fire Highlights Challenges for Energy Storage
Associated Press
June 23, 2019
Arizona Public Service has been an early adopter of energy storage technology seen as critical for the wider deployment of renewable energy and for a more resilient power grid. But an April fire and explosion at a massive battery west of Phoenix highlighted the challenges and risks that can arise.
Federal Push to Develop Batteries for Power Grid Runs into State Opposition
Houston Chronicle
June 20, 2019
The power sector has long viewed batteries as the answer to the challenges of the modern electric grid, but efforts by the federal government to speed their development have run into fierce opposition from states and utilities reluctant to cede control over the emerging technology.
US Initiative to Reduce Storage, EV Reliance on Chinese Minerals Amid Trade Uncertainty
Utility Dive
June 13, 2019
Even though the United States possesses critical minerals, the growth of energy storage, as well as electric vehicles, will require more sources than the ones domestically available, George Crabtree, director at Argonne National Laboratory’s Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee June 4.
Recycling Key to Cutting Battery Storage Cost, Argonne Chief Says
Energy Storage Publishing
June 6, 2019
The US should take urgent action to cut battery costs and reduce dependency on other nations for raw materials in order to expand the use of energy storage systems, legislators have been told.
How Can the US Reduce Battery Costs and Foreign Dependence? Recycle, Argonne Official Tells Senators
Utility Dive
June 5, 2019
Figuring out a way to recycle lithium-ion batteries could significantly reduce the cost of battery storage and other applications, George Crabtree, director at Argonne National Laboratory’s Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, told the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee yesterday.
Senate Energy Resources Committee Issues Testimony From Argonne National Laboratory
Energy Central News
June 4, 2019
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee issued the following testimony by George Crabtree, director of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research at Argonne National Laboratory, at a hearing to examine opportunities for the expanded deployment of grid-scale energy storage.
Energy Storage Could Lead to Air Taxis, Low-Carbon Power Grid
Bloomberg Environment
June 4, 2019
National laboratory scientists are envisioning a future in which electric airplanes ply the skies and large batteries enable full electrification of the U.S. transportation system.
Experts Eye Government Role in Expansion of Energy Storage
Daily Energy Insider
June 4, 2019
A panel of experts called on the federal government to increase its role in the development of energy storage technology, which is being increasingly seen as a method to ensure energy supplies amid natural disasters and other periods of power shortages or outages.
The Race Is on to Build a Better Battery
May 24, 2019
Renewable energy could reshape the global economy—but only if it can be cheaply and safely stored. Many companies, such as JCESR startup, Form Energy, are racing to meet this goal.
To Create Prosperity, Free Market Competition Isn’t Enough—You Need Collaboration Too
May 15, 2019
Science’s commitment to communal effort is not at all new, but is a thread running deep in America’s long history of technological dominance. And it’s not all about private companies competing with each other, either: it’s about how the market can benefit from public investment.
Is Nanotech the Next Big Breakthrough in Longer-lasting Batteries?
South China Morning Post
May 7, 2019
In the global race to create more efficient and long-lasting batteries, some are betting on nanotechnology – the use of minuscule parts – as the most likely to yield a breakthrough.
We Need to Rethink Agility for a New Era of Innovation
April 29, 2019
Over the past few decades, agility has largely meant moving faster and faster down a predetermined path. Over the next few decades, however, we’ll need to learn how to go slower and collaborate more effectively to deliver much larger impacts.
How Slippery Surfaces Allow Sticky Pastes and Gels to Slide
MIT News
April 22, 2019
Engineered surface treatment developed by JCESR researchers at MIT could significantly boost the overall efficiency of flow batteries.
Registration Open for 12th Annual Beyond Lithium-Ion Symposium
Argonne National Laboratory
April 11, 2019
The 12th annual Beyond Lithium-Ion Symposium on energy storage brings together scientists and engineers to discuss transformational advances and the further breakthroughs needed in scalable energy storage to go beyond the current state-of-the-art lithium-ion batteries.
10 Disruptive Battery Technologies Trying to Compete with Lithium-ion
Solar Power World
January 29, 2019
Chicago-based research intelligence firm PreScouter recently released a report detailing 10 new battery technologies poised to disrupt the market over the next decade and usher in the next wave of high-performance batteries. Here’s a high-level look at the report findings.
Cleantech Innovations in the Midwest Need More Venture Capital Money
Medill Reports
January 28, 2019
Though still an industrial metropolis, Chicago is actively becoming a clean energy innovation hub for microgrids, electric cars and next generation battery research.


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