A new battery startup aimed at making renewable energy competitive with fossil fuels.

A Cambridge, Massachusetts-based startup founded by MIT professor Yet-Ming Chiang is working on a new ‘breathing battery’ capable of producing reliable grid power from renewable sources around the clock, and costing at least five times less than where lithium-ion batteries are likely to plateau.

That’s approaching the price point where the idea of “seasonal storage” becomes economically feasible—meaning arrays of these batteries could store enough solar power during times of excess generation through the summer to continue meeting regional demand through the long, cloudy winter, Chiang says.

Read more at MIT Technology Review
Photo: The founding team of Baseload Renewables, including chief scientist Yet-Ming Chiang (second from right).

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