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Energy Storage: JCESR Goes Beyond the Lithium Ion Frontier

Argonne OutLoud Lecture Series
George Crabtee, Director of JCESR
November 14, 2013 6:30PM to 8:00PM
Building 402, Auditorium

Argonne Distinguished Fellow and Director of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research George Crabtree presents "Energy Storage: JCESR Goes Beyond the Lithium Ion Frontier" Thursday, November 14, at 6:30 p.m. at the Building 402 Auditorium.

At the end of November 2012, the U.S. Department of Energy announced that Argonne's Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR) proposal — a consortium of 14 institutions including national labs, universities and private companies — was selected for a five-year, $120 million Energy Innovation Hub to develop next-generation batteries beyond lithium ion. This award opens a new horizon of energy storage research with the promise of transforming the electricity grid and transportation.

JCESR sets aggressive goals: discovery science to understand the materials and phenomena governing beyond-lithium-ion batteries, and pre-commercial prototype batteries with five times the energy density and one-fifth the cost of today's lithium ion batteries. A critical feature of JCESR is a new paradigm for battery research, integrating discovery science, battery design and pre-commercial prototyping in one interactive organization. This talk presents the vision and strategy of JCESR and its place in Argonne's broad landscape of energy storage research.