Here’s How We Can Make The Next Big Thing Happen Much Faster

The Birth Of JCESR

Since the beginning of the new century, wind and solar technologies have been moving fast, increasing efficiency at a rate comparable to that of computer chips. Similar advances in electric cars point toward the possibility of a future beyond the fossil fuels. Yet in both cases, battery technology is a enormous barrier to unlocking the potential of green energy.

Processes Before Products

Developing new battery chemistry is generally a long, painstaking process. Literally thousands of materials need to be tested in order to identify even a few promising candidates. Then, those components need to be evaluated to see if they can be made into a safe, viable battery that will be both more powerful and cheaper than existing products.

A Nascent Revolution

Today, JCESR is coming to the end of its original 5-year mission and it has exceeded all expectations. Initially, it was expected to come up with two viable prototypes, but it actually has come up with four — two for the grid and two for transportation. There is still much work to be done, but we’re eons closer to a clean energy future than we were.

Where Do We Go From Here?

Energy storage is one of the most profound problems facing us today, but it is far from the only one. Climate change, food sustainability, healthcare and many other pressing issues need radically new solutions. There are also a number of powerful new technologies, such as genomics, nanotechnology and robotics, that can redefine what we thought was possible.



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Greg Satell

Greg Satell

Bestselling Author of Cascades and Mapping Innovation, @HBR Contributor, - Learn more at — note: I use Amazon Affiliate links for books.