Saturday, August 11, 2012

Renewable Energy Storage by Donald Sadoway (Video)

In the recent TED2012 talk Dr Donald Sadoway spoke about "The Missing Link to Renewable Energy", describing the future of large-scale batteries that store renewable energy. Energy storage is the key to harnessing renewables like solar and wind. The ability to be able to store and use power at night or when the wind is not blowing is the holy grail of renewable energy. Sadoway's battery miracle is an inexpensive, incredibly efficient, three-layered battery using "liquid metal." In this video Sadoway outlines the future of large-scale batteries that store renewable energy.

The innovative approach envisioned by Dr Sadoway will help renewable energy to bury fossil fuels. As he says: "We need to think about the problem differently. We need to think big. We need to think cheap."

Sadoway was born on March 7, 1950. Sadoway is of Ukrainian heritage and was raised in Oshawa, Ontario, he receiving his PhD from the University of Toronto in 1977. Dr. Sadoway's main area of study is on chemical metallurgy. Sadoway received a NATO postdoctoral fellowship from the ational Research Council of Canada and went to MIT to conduct postdoctoral research under Julian Szekely.

In 1978, Dr. Sadoway joined the MIT faculty. He is best known for his expertise on batteries and has done a vast amount of research on how to improve the performance and longevity of portable power sources.  Dr. Sadoway is one of the world's leading researchers in the area of materials engineering for energy-storage technologies.

© 2012, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.

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