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Seminar 2/15/2012 - Daniel Steingart, City College of New York: The Quest for the 100,000 Cycle Battery

Title: The Quest for the 100,000 Cycle Battery: Using Low Cost Materials for Grid Energy Storage Applications

Abstract: Electrochemical energy storage induces headaches in industrialists for the same reason it provides such fertile ground for academics: a working, rechargeable battery represents a tight coupling of multiphase phenomena across mechanical, thermal and electrical domains. The properties of battery materials have been well classified in the literature in an anatomical fashion, but systematic treatments of the composite battery electrode and complete storage device have been less rigorous. By understanding and compensating for certain material disadvantages through complete cell modification, we have preliminary evidence that the zinc alkaline system can meet grid scale requirements (for both cost and performance). We are now furthering these initial finding throughs the use of in situ mechanical testing and monitoring methods, where we hope to be able to better quantify battery failure modes.

All seminars are held on Wednesdays from 12:00 noon-1:00 p.m. in the Bowen Hall Auditorium Room 222. A light lunch is provided at 11:30 a.m. in the Bowen Hall Atrium immediately prior to the seminar.

Location: Bowen Hall Auditorium

Date/Time: 02/15/12 at 12:00 pm - 02/15/12 at 1:00 pm

Category: PRISM/PCCM Seminar Series

Department: PRISM