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Donald Sadoway on improved batteries for sustainable energy

By Risa Schonbaum on 02 June 2012

Have you ever considered how much energy is consumed in a day? Ever think about how long the world’s energy demand can be maintained? This leads into the discussion over sustainable energy sources.

Sustainable energy systems involve intermittent energy sources such as wind and sun. The only way these can become primary sources of energy is if we develop inexpensive energy storage systems on a massive scale. But how can we store power (and affordably) so it can be delivered as needed, day and night, even when the wind is not blowing and the sun is not shining?

One of the world’s most respected battery researchers, Professor Donald Sadoway of MIT’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering is leading research to develop an inexpensive, incredibly efficient “liquid metal” battery miracle that will provide large scale energy storage. With help from fans like Bill Gates, Professor Sadoway and two of his students have spun off the Liquid Metal Battery Corporation (LMBC) to bring the battery to market.

Additionally for his work in improved batteries, Professor Sadoway was named one of Time’s Top 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2012. This list represents the people who inspire us, entertain us, challenge us and change our world. He is one of MIT’s most popular professors and sought-after speakers. We recently watched one of his lectures and were so inspired that we wanted to share this important information with you!