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October 13, 2022
7:30 PM - 8:30 PM


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Virtual: Solving the "Unsolvable" Problem of Renewable Energy Storage

Thursday, October 13, 2022

We're so pleased to partner with the Cary Library's Science Café to welcome MIT Professor Donald Sadoway, winner of the highly prestigious 2022 European Inventor Award for his work on liquid metal batteries that could enable the long-term storage of renewable energy. In 2010, with a patent for his invention and support from Bill Gates, Sadoway co-founded Ambri, based in Marlborough just outside Boston, to develop a commercial product. The company will soon install a unit on a 3,700-acre development for a data center in Nevada. This battery will store energy from a reported 500 megawatts of on-site renewable generation, the same output as a natural gas power plant.

Join us for a conversation with Donald Sadoway to learn how he is leading a wave of innovation with extreme electrochemistry and building the technology to get to carbon zero.

About Donald Sadoway:

Donald R. Sadoway is Professor of Materials Chemistry Emeritus, Department of Materials Science and Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His B.A.Sc. in Engineering Science and Ph.D. in Chemical Metallurgy are from the University of Toronto. He joined the MIT faculty in 1978. The author of over 180 scientific papers and inventor on 35 U.S. patents, his research is directed towards batteries for grid-scale storage and electric vehicles and towards environmentally sound metals recovery technologies. His accomplishments include the invention of the liquid metal battery for large-scale stationary storage and the invention of molten oxide electrolysis for carbon-free metals production. He is the founder of six companies, Ambri, Boston Metal, Lunar Resources, Avanti Battery, Pure Lithium, and Sadoway Labs. Online videos of his chemistry lectures hosted by MIT OpenCourseWare extend his impact on engineering education far beyond the lecture hall. Viewed more than 2,400,000 times, his TED talk is as much about inventing inventors as it is about inventing technology. In 2012 he was named by Time magazine as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World.

Learn more about Donald Sadoway.

This event is hosted by the Cary Memorial Library, Lexington. Ashlanders are invited to join virtually by registering through the zoom link. This is a HYBRID program, though, so if you would like to attend in person, you would just need to get to the Cary Library - space is limited and in person attendance is on a first come basis.

Please register for this event and you'll receive the link in the confirmation and reminder emails - make sure to check your spam folder for them. The email will be coming from Zoom. 

This virtual event is hosted by the Cary Memorial Library and a collaboration between the several Massachusetts libraries.

This program is sponsored by the Friends of the Ashland Public Library.

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