M. Stanley Whittingham, Binghamton University, The State University of New York
The Lithium Battery: From a Dream to Readiness to Take-On Climate Change—The Materials Challenges
Global climate challenges call for renewable energy technologies such as solar and wind, in addition to hydro and nuclear. The former two are intermittent producers of energy, so storage is essential. Batteries provide the most flexible means
of storing electrical energy, varying in size from mWh to GWh and being portable or fixed. Lithium-ion batteries dominate this storage. Whittingham will discuss their origins, their present status and the exciting materials challenges facing us if we
are to further increase their energy density and reduce their cost whilst increasing safety and lifetime.