We Need Better Batteries

By Deane Barker on May 11, 2011

Bill Joy: Better batteries key to Green power adoption: Totally agree.  Better batteries would “blow” (sorry…) the wind energy market wide open.   The ability to buffer created power efficiently would change everything.

A pair of Joy’s other green goals: “The ability to store and retrieve electrons at low cost [and] the ability to make them distributed and cheap.”

If consumers can generate cheaper wind or solar power on their own property, he said, the next key will be matching that power with when it’s actually needed. That means better batteries. “The grid moves things in space, batteries move things in time,” Joy said.



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