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Jay Whitacre takes the LemelsonMIT Prize for his saltwater battery

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pThe 2015 500000 LemelsonMIT Prize has gone to Jay Whitacre for his invention of the Aqueous Hybrid Ion AHI battery The battery used primarily in combination with solar and wind energy systems was created using abundant and nontoxic resources including salt water and carbon Whitacre a professor at Carnegie Mellon Universityrsquos College of Engineering is also the founder of Aquion Energy which manufacture and sell the battery in several countries worldwidep

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pWhitacre is a mentor and also a prolific inventor who has created innovative solutions such as thinfilm solid state batteries ultralow temperature carbonfluorine electrode materials and implantable neuroprosthetic devices ldquoWe are proud to recognize Jay Whitacre as this yearrsquos LemelsonMIT Prize winnerrdquo said Joshua Schuler executive director of the LemelsonMIT Program ldquoHe personifies the mission of LemelsonMIT through his commitment to mentorship his desire to solve some of our worldrsquos greatest problems and his ability to commercialize his technologiesrdquop

pThe Aqueous Hybrid Ion AHI battery presents a solution for renewable energyrsquos most difficult problem how to store the energy when the sun is down or the wind stops blowing Until now most solutions have involved expensive batteries created using toxic materials The aqueous battery is relatively inexpensive to produce and as Whitacre himself once demonstrated by taking a bite out of his own product itrsquos clean enough to eatp

Author: Sustainability Outlook
Calais Document Category: Innovation Technology