Whitacre to appear on PBS-NOVA-Department of Materials Science and Engineering - Carnegie Mellon University

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Whitacre to appear on PBS-NOVA

Search for the Super Battery

Explore the hidden world of energy storage and how it holds the keys to a greener future. Airing February 1, 2017 at 9 pm on PBS

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/tech/super-battery.html

Program Description

We live in an age when technological innovation seems to be limitlessly soaring. But for all the satisfying speed with which our gadgets have improved, many of them share a frustrating weakness: the batteries. Though they have improved in last century, batteries remain finicky, bulky, expensive, toxic, and maddeningly short-lived. The quest is on for a “super battery,” and the stakes in this hunt are much higher than the phone in your pocket. With climate change looming, electric cars and renewable energy sources like wind and solar power could hold keys to a greener future...if we can engineer the perfect battery. Join host David Pogue as he explores the hidden world of energy storage, from the power—and danger—of the lithium-ion batteries we use today, to the bold innovations that could one day charge our world.