Battery Basics

Originally delivered Jan 13, 2016
Source: AIChE
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This session takes a look at the electrochemistry behind batteries to get a sense of where the field is moving. Massive electricity storage would offer huge benefits to today’s grid, reducing price volatility, improving stability against loss of power, increasing utilization of generation assets by enabling us to design towards average demand instead of peak de-mand, and deferring the costs of upgrading existing transmission lines. When it comes to tomorrow’s grid, storage is critical to widespread integration of renewables, i.e., solar and wind, which due to their inherent intermittency present challenges for contribution to baseload.


Donald Sadoway

Donald R. Sadoway is the John F. Elliott Professor of Materials Chemistry in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He obtained the Ph.D. in Chemical Metallurgy from the University of Toronto in 1977 and joined the MIT faculty in 1978.

The author of over 150 scientific papers and holder of 22 U.S. patents, his research is directed towards the development of rechargeable batteries for grid-level storage and towards en-vironmentally sound technologies for the extraction of metals.

He is the founder of two companies,...Read more

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