The Future of Energy Storage

Introduced by:

David Livingston

Deputy Director, Climate and Advanced Energy, Global Energy Center

Atlantic Council

A conversation with:

Mitalee Gupta

Energy Storage Analyst

Wood Mackenzie

Venkat Viswanathan

Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering

Carnegie Mellon University

Moderated by:

Akshat Rathi

Senior Fellow, Global Energy Center; Senior Reporter

Atlantic Council; Quartz

Batteries are disrupting trillion-dollar incumbent industries. Analysts now expect the total cost of owning battery-powered cars to be less than owning gas-powered cars as soon as 2022. At the same time, combining solar or wind power with batteries is becoming a viable replacement for natural-gas peaker power plants. The future holds other exciting opportunities: plugged-in electric cars that serve as stores of electricity for the grid, battery-backed mini-grids that replace the need for extending the main grid to remote places, and perhaps even battery-powered flights. Could all this be achieved within the few decades left to reach net-zero emissions and hit climate goals? Do we have the technologies or the metals to make it a reality? Are we ready with the changes our systems need to accommodate batteries?

Please join the Atlantic Council for a fully-charged discussion on the future of energy storage and battery technologies on Thursday, May 16, 2019, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Lunch will be served.

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