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DoE Calls for a Chemical Battery With 5x Capacity, Within 5 Years - Can It Be Done?

Posted December 05, 2012 3:56 PM

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The Department of Energy wants batteries with five times the energy storage of those we have today. They want them to be five times cheaper and to be ready in five years. Earlier this year the Department's solicitation for proposals was announced, and now five universities have been chosen for the job along with several national labs and private companies. According to US Energy Secretary Steven Chu, a "Manhattan Project-like atmosphere" is to be fostered. With a funding level of only $120 million and no visible enemy at the border, what are the prospects for success?

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12/05/2012 4:41 PM

5/5/5...

I sure hope it happens!

I wish I was a tad more optimistic.

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12/05/2012 5:50 PM

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No, not realistic based on battery development history and chemical law limitations even with an unlimited budget.

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12/05/2012 9:34 PM

No problem, I'll get to work on it right away......send money

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12/05/2012 10:53 PM

Well since 5 is the magic number - I'll send you $5.

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12/06/2012 4:35 PM

You get what you pay for.......(if you're lucky)

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12/06/2012 9:53 AM

Well let me see: IF they can get 5 times the storage. IF they can do so in 5 years. Then they are still screwed; since the first 5 batteries will cost $24,000,000 USD each.

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