JCESR seeks to transform the transportation sector and electric grid the way the lithium-ion battery transformed personal electronics. However, mixing and matching JCESR’s three energy storage concepts yields at least 18 conceptual designs for beyond-lithium-ion batteries. Adding to this the 20-30 candidate battery materials that could implement these designs yields at least 50-100 possible combinations for beyond-lithium-ion batteries.
With so many possible combinations, a traditional Edisonian approach, simply trying one new battery combination after another, would be too slow to make adequate progress within JCESR’s five-year charter. JCESR’s new paradigm replaces Edisonian science with innovative new tools that map the broad outlines of the beyond-lithium-ion research space instead of laboriously exploring its details one battery system or component at a time.