Chemical & Engineering news highlights entrepreneurs

Scientists can take their work beyond a publication by patenting and commercializing resulting technologies. The government and universities alike are encouraging researchers to take their work out of the lab and into the commercial sector. Chemical & Engineering News highlights researchers who have become entrepreneurs.

Wind blows when it wants. The sun doesn’t shine all the time. The inherent intermittence of wind and solar power requires electric utilities to find a way to put the generated energy away for a still, cloudy day. Annual global demand for this kind of grid-scale electricity storage will reach $113.5 billion by 2017, according to a March estimate by consulting firm Lux Research.

With that potential market in mind, many firms are scrambling to scale up already-commercialized battery technologies to store electricity for use in the nation’s electrical grid. But these technologies are fraught with cost, efficiency, reliability, and safety hurdles. We need something that can support super‑high current, has extremely long service life, and can do it all at rock-bottom cost.

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