1. New Batteries Make Rapid Progress, But Market Expectations Move Faster

    New Batteries Make Rapid Progress, But Market Expectations Move Faster

    Whether it's electric cars or smoothing over the ever-shifting output from solar panels, saving and supplying electricity on demand is an important part of the technical solution to climate change. But as the technology inches forward, smartphones still struggle to make it through a whole day without charging up, battery-powered cars are too expensive or too limited in range for most consumers, and grid operators are still scratching their heads over how to price energy storage alongside power plants. Getting energy storage to the right performance and price targets would be a huge boon to many clean technologies, but progress has been frustratingly slow, especially for those hoping for humanity to invent its way out of global warming.

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    1. They have improved remarkably, between 5 and 10 percent per year, in performance.
    2. You need another breakthrough to make those [applications] economic.
    3. If you could get to 5 volts, that would be a substantial improvement.
    4. The energy you store in those chemical bonds is way higher than you would with intercalations.
    5. These batteries have to be pentathletes.
    6. There is no one battery on the grid that can do everything.
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