Dr. Ann Marie Sastry from Sakti3 will be speaking about her experience founding Sakti3, an Ann Arbor company that is developing new solid state battery technologies. Dr. Sastry will be talking about energy/battery topics, as well as her entrepreneurial experiences founding and operating her company.
The interest in vehicle electrification and electrical grid storage is unprecedented. Several automotive manufacturers are producing, or planning to produce, hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), and fully (or battery) electric vehicles (BEVs).
Many remote communities struggle with reliable access to energy and water. One-size-fits-all systems configured from developed world technologies are often not effective as each location has their own resources, environmental characteristics, water demands, and energy needs. Manually designing custom systems to meet the needs of an individual location can assure good system performance, but this approach is expensive and requires expertise often beyond what is available in these remote communities.
A new technique developed by University of Michigan Materials Science and Engineering professor Richard Laine’s research group holds promise for the quest to create a scalable solid-state alternative to traditional lithium-ion batteries. The work was recently published in the Journal of Power Sources.
Electricity for rainforest villages in Gabon. Tent fabric that harvests solar energy for nomadic people in Kazakhstan. A modular greenhouse and fish farm in an unused industrial building in Highland Park, Michigan.
These are some of the goals and possibilities a team of 17 researchers will pursue with a new $3 million Third Century Initiative Global Challenges grant from the University of Michigan.
Nathaniel Szymczak, the Dow Corning Assistant Professor of Chemistry and an Energy Institute Faculty Affiliate, was named a 2014 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation research fellow, along with two other U-M scientists. The award comes with a $50,000 research boost.
JCESR is a major research partnership that integrates government, academic, and industrial researchers from many disciplines to overcome critical scientific and technical barriers and create new breakthrough energy storage technology.
UMEI/ JCESR projects include:
Deposition/Dissolution Theory: Katsuyo Thornton
New Electrolytes Design for Enhanced Stability and Peroxide Growth Control: Don Siegel
Meta Anode Modification Deposition/Dissolution Dynamics: Emmanuelle Marquis
Dedicated in Fall 2013 and currently nearing completion, the Battery Fabrication and Characterization User Facility is a space developed in cooperation with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Ford Motor Company. This lab will enable industry and university researchers to collaborate on developing cheaper and longer lasting energy-storage devices in the heart of the U.S. auto industry. The new facility — for prototyping, testing and analyzing batteries and the materials that go into them — promises to be a key enabler for Southeast Michigan's battery supply chain.