Want to Revolutionize Energy? Improve the Battery

Better energy storage could transform electric vehicles and the power grid, and help the climate

Rethinking the battery may hold the key to how we reduce our reliance on fossil fuels (© fotog / Tetra Images / Corbis)

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“Demand response will play as important a role as storage will,” says Randy Howard, director of power system planning and development for the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power.

Nonetheless, Howard would like to see a battery bring to utilities the type of advance that oil and gas producers have seen. “We're all hopeful that at some point there will be a technological leap in batteries, but that hasn't happened yet,” Howard says. “We’re looking for our fracking in the battery world.”


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