The missing link to renewable energy

MSE alumnus and MIT professor Donald R. Sadoway speaks at TED2012: Full Spectrum on the importance of efficient battery technology in our global sustainable energy efforts

March 26, 2012

Professor Donald R. Sadoway (EngSci 7T2, MSE MASc 7T3, PhD 7T7), John F. Elliot Professor of Materials Chemistry, Department of Materials Science & Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), recently spoke at the TED2012: Full Spectrum conference on “The Missing Link to Renewable Energy.”

Abstract: The problem at the heart of many sustainable-energy systems: how to store power so it can be delivered to the grid all the time, day and night, even when the wind’s not blowing and the sun’s not shining? At MIT, Donald Sadoway has been working on a grid-size battery system that stores energy using a three-layer liquid-metal core. With help from fans like Bill Gates, Sadoway and two of his students have spun off the Liquid Metals Battery Corporation (LMBC) to bring the battery to market.

Professor Sadoway was also the inaugural speaker for the annual Winegard Visiting Lectureship series where he spoke about “New Materials Engineering and the Path to Sustainability” here in the Department of Materials Science & Engineering at the University of Toronto.