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High-Performance Rechargeable Batteries for Sustainable Transportation and Large-scale Storage of Electric Power

A talk presented by Professor Don Sadoway on January 11, 2010 as part of the MIT Energy Initiative's Energy Futures Week. The road to sustainability is paved with advanced materials. Advances in rechargeable batteries would enable widespread adoption of practical electric vehicles taking us beyond hybrids and obviating the need for fuel-cells. The reduction in greenhouse gas emissions plus the freedom from reliance on overseas sources of petroleum with attendant geopolitical implications give special value to an all-electric fleet. Innovation in stationary electrical energy storage at high amperage would enable us to store off-peak power from the grid for subsequent delivery on demand during high usage periods. Adoption of wind or photovoltaic generation hinges to a large extent on the advent of proper storage technology: renewables are enabled by colossal batteries. Examples of innovation in both portable and stationary energy storage will be presented. Web:

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I myself have for sometime wondered why one of the big players in wind, solar or any other renewable source of energy, have not made a move to team up with Dr. Sadoway.

Just imagine a wind or solar company who could provide storage at such a scale, the arguments against renewables being intermittent, would be a moot point.

In 2008 Spain installed 2.5 Giga Watts of solar cell power, if that was combined with Dr. Sadoway’s liquid Metal Batteries; it would be like 2.5 nuclear power plants built in one, instead of 10 years and with no problem of radiation or disposal.

See link to Commonwealth Club lecture by DR Richard Swanson for information on Spain’s excursion into large scale photovoltaic systems, (he maintains his team of installers were installing 2 megawatt of solar cells per day!…

Scientia Non Domus,
(Knowledge has No Home)
John Birk

Posted over 7 years by antiguajohn

I a m agree with antiguajohn but let is face it. I do not think the big companies that produce unclean energy will provide the space for new companies that provides clean energy.

I found this information in Google for the clean energy war: trading

Posted over 7 years by kakashi

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