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A Compelling Future for Energy Research

By: Alexandra Chang,  Cornell Research
October 17, 2016

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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Héctor D. Abruña