Innovation in Energy Storage

Prof Don Sadoway,
United States
Nov 16, 2011.


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Presentation Summary

  • Storage is a critical component to an advanced power delivery system. If electricity generating facilities had access to bulk cheap storage they could be operated around the clock at optimal intensity.
  • As for renewables such as wind and photovoltaic solar, storage is the enabling technology that addresses their intermittency and thereby qualifies them to contribute to baseload capacity.
  • The elements of electrochemical energy storage will be described along with examples of current technology including research being conducted at MIT on a new concept in large-format energy storage: the liquid metal battery.
  • The technology is being commercialized via a startup company, Liquid Metal Battery Corporation, here in Cambridge.

Speaker Biography (Don Sadoway)

Donald R. Sadoway is the John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at MIT where he has been on the faculty for 32 years. The author of 135 scientific articles and 16 U.S. patents, Professor Sadoway's research focus is electrochemistry applied to energy storage and metals production.