Session: Electrochemical Energy Storage Technologies

Electrochemical Energy Storage Technologies
What are the latest technologies and materials that will enable more efficient, economical and reliable energy storage?

Thursday, May 2, 2013


Richard Harris, National Public Radio

David Eaglesham, Pellion Technologies
Jeremy Cowperthwaite, Maxwell Technologies Inc
Jun Liu, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory 

Galen Stucky, UCSB

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Richard Harris
Science Correspondent
National Public Radio 

Richard Harris has been a science correspondent at National Public Radio for 27 years. His work is most often heard on All things Considered and Morning Edition. His current focus is on climate change, the environment and energy,along with physical sciences. His most recent major award was for his reports in 2010 that revealed the federal government was vastly underestimating the amount of oil being released from the Macondo well during the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Richard grew up in California and graduated with a BA in biology from UC-Santa Cruz in 1980.



David Eaglesham
Pellion Technologies 

Presentation: "Cost targets for storage applications"

He has a PhD in Physics from the University of Bristol and achieved tenure as a Lecturer at Liverpool Universitybefore joining Bell Labs in 1988.  At Bell Labs he worked on semiconductor deposition techniques and doping and became Director of Electronic Device Research.  He worked at Lawrence Livermore as Chief Technologist and at Applied Materials as Director of Advanced Technologies before joining First Solar.  He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, was named Outstanding Young Investigator by the Materials Research Society in 1994, and was MRS President in 2005. David Eaglesham is currently CEO of Pellion Technologies, an early-stage company that is leading the world in the development of Mg-ion batteries.  Prior to joining Pellion, he was Chief Technology Officer and VP Technology at First Solar, where he saw the company grow from $50M to over $3B in annual revenues and helped drive costs from $1.75/W to under $0.68/W while improving module efficiencies from under 9% to over 14%.


Jeremy Cowperthwaite
Vice President and General Manager

Engine Starting Group
Maxwell Technologies Inc. 

Presentation: "Enabling Energy's Future"

Jeremy Cowperthwaite joined Maxwell Technologies as senior director of engineering for ultracapacitor products in 2007,  was promoted to vice president of engineering for ultracapacitor products in 2007, and was appointed VP & general manager of the Engine Starting Group in 2013. Previously he had held a series of senior engineering and product development positions with Maxtor Corp., and Quantum Corp. He holds a BS degree in Physics from the University of California at Santa Barbara and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley.


Jun Liu
Division Director
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory 

Presentation: "Recent Progress in L-S and Na Batteries in the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory"

Dr. Jun Liu is currently the Division Director for the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), in the Energy Processes and Materials Division. Dr. Liu is a Laboratory Fellow with a strong background in materials synthesis, colloidal and surface science, and high-resolution electron microscopy. He joined PNNL in 1992, became a Labo­ratory Fellow in 2000, and over time initiated and led a broad range of basic and applied research programs in materials science. In 2001, he left PNNL for a position with Lucent Bell Laboratories, and later Sandia National Laboratories, where he served as manager of the Chemical Synthesis and Nanomaterials Department, and as a thrust leader in the Center for Integrated Nanotechnologies. He returned to PNNL in 2005 to head the synthesis task within the catalysis initiative, and also led the Transformational Materials Science Initiative, as well as energy storage research. He currently serves as the Cross-Science Lead on the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research, a DOE Energy Innovation Hub in which PNNL is a partner. Jun has more than 300 peer reviewed publications, has received more than 40 U.S. patents and was named a Distinguished Inventor of Battelle in 2007. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Hunan University, a master’s degree in Ceramic Engineering from the University of Washington, and a doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering, also from the University of Washington.


Galen Stucky
Chemistry & Biochemistry, Materials
University of California Santa Barbara 

Presentation: "Chemicals as Energy Storage Media"

Galen D. Stucky earned his doctorate from Iowa State University in 1962.  He held positions at the University of Illinois, Sandia National Laboratory, and DuPont Central Research and Development before joining the faculty of the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1985, where he is Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry and the Materials Department and a member of the Interdepartmental Program in Biomolecular Science and Engineering.  His current research interests include molecular assembly of nanoscale to macroscale components of composite systems; the interface of inorganics with biomolecules; chemistry associated with the efficient utilization of energy resources; and understanding Nature's routes to organic/inorganic bioassembly.  He has published over 730 scientific articles and has been awarded two dozen patents.  Honors include the ACS Award in Chemistry of Materials (2002), the IMMA (International Mesostructured Materials Association) Award (2004), the ATACCC (Advanced Technology Applications for Combat Casualty Care) Award (2008), and the Nano Today Award (2011).  He was elected Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, in 2005.

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