Dr Michael Thackeray

MThackeray_The global impact of energy storage research

Dr Michael Thackeray
Thackeray is a Distinguished Fellow and senior scientist in the Electrochemical Energy Storage Department in the Chemical Sciences and Engineering Division at Argonne National Laboratory in the USA. He received his PhD from the University of Cape Town, South Africa in 1977 and studied as a post-doctoral fellow at Oxford University in the early 1980s. He returned to South Africa to head the battery department at the CSIR before moving to Argonne in 1994. From 2009-2014, he served as the Director of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Frontier Research Center: The Center for Electrical Energy Storage in a partnership between Argonne, Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Thackeray has contributed to the discovery of several new battery chemistries and to the design of materials for these systems, several of which have been licensed to industry worldwide. His research has been published widely and recognised by several national and international awards.

About the talk: Energy storage represents an enormous challenge and opportunity for scientific research to cross technological boundaries in reducing energy dependence on fossil fuels. One hundred years ago, electric vehicles were in vogue, but soon gave way to gasoline-powered automobiles that were less expensive and offered extended range and quicker refuelling times. Now, one hundred years later, an overpopulated and technologically-driven world suffers the consequences of CO2 emissions from the exploitation of oil and coal to satisfy increasing demands for industrial and household energy and the need to travel. The urgent requirement for clean, low-cost energy has resulted in major investments from both government and the private sector across the world to revisit electric power for transportation and electrochemical energy storage as a means to fulfil this goal. This presentation addresses the need for continued energy storage research and the impact of new ideas on society.

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