Physicist George Crabtree of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory has received the 2022 Energy Systems Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA). The award, which was established in 1981, recognizes Crabtree’s work on developing next-generation energy systems that transition from fossil fuels to carbon-free technologies. Defining new energy systems and establishing pathways to achieve them are critical for mitigating the effects of climate change, the consequences of which are already being felt by 85% of the world’s population.
“This award adds important momentum for transforming the energy sources we use,” said Crabtree. “I’m glad to see the professional world is recognizing that.”
As director of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), headquartered at Argonne, Crabtree and his colleagues aim to discover and design next-generation batteries. Such batteries are needed to decarbonize heavy duty transportation, like long-haul trucks, marine shipping, and aviation, enable a renewable electricity grid, and decarbonize heavy industry. But his work on defining a next-generation energy system goes far beyond batteries. “It isn’t so much about one energy innovation, it’s about putting together many innovations to transform the energy system,” he said.
“This award adds important momentum for transforming the energy sources we use.” — George Crabtree
As JCESR nears the end of its 10-year contract, Crabtree is shifting focus to make the center’s accomplishments readily available and easily understood by government entities, the research community, Congress and members of the public.
The 2022 Energy Systems Award was presented during the AIAA SciTech 2022 meeting in San Diego, California. Crabtree could not attend in person due to COVID-19 restrictions but received the award remotely on January 5. Previously, he received the prestigious Kammerlingh Onnes Prize and the DOE’s Award for Outstanding Scientific Accomplishment in Solid State Physics four times. Crabtree is a fellow of the American Physical Society, a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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