As Gridweek takes place down in Washinton D.C., we take a look today at one of our favorite energy-related stories unfolding in the battery innovation arena.
As the world grows and develops, there are more and more cars on the road. The current state is most likely not sustainable and the system needs to be transformed. Many feel that the electrification of transportation could help move the world towards smarter and more efficient means of using energy.
In order to make purely electric vehicles a reality, however, batteries, including the amount of energy they are able to store per charge, need to be greatly improved. Current technology doesn’t allow a purely electric vehicle to go very far on one charge. Imagine a family sedan that could go hundreds of miles per charge. It would have a transforming effect on our energy and oil use, the auto industry and more.
Recently, researchers at IBM gathered some of the world’s leading experts in the field of electrical energy storage and advanced battery technologies in San Jose, California, to brainstorm on how to create next-generation rechargeable batteries capable of storing ten times more energy than today’s most powerful Lithium-ion batteries.
In this video, Daniel Sperling, author of Two Billon Cars, and IBM researchers talk about what the challenges are and the science and development needed to make it happen.