Electricity generation and distribution in the United States is currently based on a centralized power model that requires delivery from a power plant to customers often 10s and 100s of miles away. This system has not only been linked to several environmental concerns but has become increasingly stressed in recent years as growing demand has outstripped capacity, leading to power disruptions and outages. Developing technology to store electrical energy, so that it can be available to meet demand whenever needed is essential to effectively deliver power to meet our ever-growing needs – whether it be to power our mobile electronic devices, such as cell phones and computers, for transportation, or to balance the grid.
Georgia Tech is developing technologies to enable storage and delivery of cleaner, more reliable, and low-cost electricity. Building better, more efficient, battery, pipeline, smart grid, and power electronics technologies are just a few ways researchers are paving the way to low-carbon future.