The Energy and Environmental Programs Speaker Series is pleased to invite you to attend on Thursday, April 8th at 2 PM EDT for Part 5 of the "Water-Energy-Energy Nexus" series. For the fifth part of this series, we will hear from Eric Kazyak, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Michigan.

Water-Energy-Food Nexus Part 5

Current and Future Battery Technologies: The Role of Energy Storage in a Sustainable Society

The ability to store electricity from intermittent sources such as wind and solar for on-demand use is critical to the widespread implementation of these technologies and the transition away from fossil fuels. Vehicle electrification is seen as the most viable route to the decarbonization of the transportation sector, which represents the largest energy use sector with the highest CO2 intensity in the United States. Currently, lithium-ion battery (LIB) performance and cost are major hurdles to electric vehicle (EV) and grid-storage adoption, making batteries a critical aspect of reducing global emissions.

This talk will introduce LIB’s working principles, key challenges, and recent progress in the context of EV applications. Particular emphasis will be given to the connections between battery performance (fast-charging, cycle-life, energy density) and the impacts for users. The land-use, embodied energy, and life-cycle implications of energy storage technologies will be discussed. Subsequently, several next-generation battery chemistries will be introduced that have the potential to be disruptive for EV markets. The promise and challenges of these up-and-coming technologies will be summarized from both a scientific and commercial perspective.

About the Series

The Energy and Environmental Programs Speaker Series is pleased to announce our seminar theme for the 2020-21 academic year is the Water-Energy-Food Nexus. This relationship describes an idea central to sustainable development: the linkage between water security, food security, and energy security. With the increasing global population, economic growth, urbanization, and shifting consumption, demand for water, food, and energy is rising globally. An example of the linkages between the three domains can be seen with agriculture and food production. Agriculture is the largest consumer of freshwater resources, and more than one-fourth of the energy expended globally is used on food production and supply. Each seminar this year will explore the relationship between these three sectors from a variety of different narratives and approaches.

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