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Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 12:20pm
155 Olin Hall
Large Scale Electrochemical Energy Storage and Industrial Production Enabled by the Rise of Very Low-Cost Renewable Electricity
Abstract: Very low cost, intermittent renewable electricity has become a societal macro trend with the potential to transform our transportation, electricity generation, and industrial production systems. This talk will discuss two specific opportunities where electrochemistry at scale, using renewable electricity, could play a substantial role in de-carbonization. The first example concerns long-duration (multi-day) storage, which must reach costs approaching $10/kWh to allow wind and solar to successfully compete with natural gas. In the second example, an electrochemical approach to decarbonizing cement production, via de-carbonation of limestone, will be discussed.
Bio: Yet-Ming Chiang holds S.B. and Sc.D. degrees from MIT, where he has been a faculty member in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering since 1984. His work focuses primarily on advanced materials and their role in clean energy technologies. In addition to his academic research, he has co-founded several energy companies based on research from his MIT laboratory and has served on numerous government and private advisory committees and study panels. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering.