Charging toward better batteries… but why? And how?

In this Sustainable Energy Seminar, Dr. Eric Kazyak, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, will discuss promising approaches and alternatives to current lithium-ion batteries than could address some of the challenges of this energy storage technology.


Lithium-ion batteries (LIBs) have dramatically changed the way we interact and communicate with the world. Nearly ubiquitous in phones, laptops, scooters, e-bikes, electric vehicles, and becoming increasingly common for grid-scale storage, these batteries enable high efficiency, reversible storage of electrical energy for use on-demand. Electrification/decarbonization of the transportation sector and enhancing grid storage to enable widespread use of intermittent renewable sources of electricity make battery storage a key enabling technology for combatting climate change. However, challenges with meeting ever-increasing energy density needs, fast charging, safety, and low cost are driving the search for alternative battery chemistries. In this talk, I will review the operating principles of rechargeable batteries, discuss key challenges facing Li-ion chemistries, and introduce several of the most promising approaches and alternatives for transportation and grid storage applications. These include interface modifications in LIBs for fast charging, solid-state Li metal batteries, and air batteries. These topics will be contextualized with the ongoing commercial activities in this space and future outlook.

This event is offered both in-person at the Wisconsin Energy Institute and online through Zoom Webinar. If attending online, registration is required. Click here to register for this and all other webinars as part of the Sustainable Energy Seminar series in Spring 2023.

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