Héctor D. Abruña, chemistry and chemical biology, is emphatic in his vision for our energy future. “Make no mistake, transportation will be electric. Period,” says Abruña. “It’s not a matter of if, it’s a matter of when. The difference will be dramatic in 10 years.”
Other advances will include batteries hitting mainstream applications across the board, from transportation to large-scale energy grid applications. The “automotive range anxiety” (in other words, the fear of not having enough charge to get to your destination) of today’s battery-powered cars will be no more. The energy grid will integrate renewables—solar, wind, tidal—and will be able to efficiently and effectively store electrical energy, thanks to new materials and technologies.
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