Search for the Super Battery
|Search for the Super Battery|
|Written by||Daniel McCabe|
|Directed by||Daniel McCabe|
|Narrated by||Jay O. Sanders|
|Theme music composer||APM|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||53 minutes|
|Production company(s)||A NOVA production by Miles O’Brien Productions, LLC, for WGBH Boston.|
|Distributor||Public Broadcasting Service|
Search for the Super Battery: Discover the Powerful World of Batteries is a 2017 American documentary film about energy storage and how it may help provide an environmentally friendly, or green, future. The basic mechanism of batteries, including lithium-ion types, is described. The benefits and limitations of various batteries are also presented. Details of seeking a much safer, more powerful, longer-lasting and less expensive battery, a so-called "super battery", is discussed. The broad importance of energy storage devices, in mobile phones and automobiles, and in the overall electric grid system of the United States, is examined in detail.
- Jay O. Sanders (Narrator)
- David Pogue (Host)
- Guenter Conzelmann (Argonne National Lab)
- George Crabtree (Joint Center for Energy Storage Research)
- Alexis Georgeson (Tesla Motors)
- Denise Gray (LG Chem Power)
- Theo Gray (Chemist and author)
- Daniel Kammen (University of California, Berkeley)
- Doug Kim (Southern California Edison)
- Joshua Lamb (Sandia National Labs)
- Jay Leno (1909 electric car owner)
- Greg Less (University of Michigan (Battery Lab))
- Y. Shirley Meng (UC San Diego)
- Jeff Sakamoto (University of Michigan)
- Seth Sanders (Amber Kinetics)
- Venkat Srinivasan (Lawrence Berkeley National Lab)
- Leigh Anna Steele (Sandia National Labs)
- Levi Thompson (University of Michigan)
- Lynn Trahey (Argonne National Lab)
- Steven Visco (PolyPlus Battery Company)
- Jay Whitacre (Aquion Energy)
- Mike Zimmerman (Ionic Materials)
Summaries in the media
According to David Templeton of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the program "walks the viewer through the science of how batteries work, returning to that theme time and again to explain variations in design to create cheaper, safer, longer-lasting batteries and energy-storage systems." Notable discoveries, featured in the program, Templeton reports, are a safe battery "made with saltwater electrolytes", as well as a safe battery "made of plastics that can use lithium metal rather than a traditional lithium ion to produce longer-lasting, safe power." Vicky Hallet of the Washington Post writes that lithium-ion batteries "gained widespread popularity because of their ability to pack a lot of energy into a lightweight package." However, such batteries - due to the thermal runaway properties of the varieties of lithium-content rechargeable cells that use lithium cobalt oxide in their positive electrodes - can potentially burst into flames. The program shows several possible ways to make batteries safer. Hallet reports that the program presents an important notion: "Batteries are evolving to do more, and do it safely. It’s powerful stuff."
- Staff (February 1, 2017). "Search for the Super Battery". Public Broadcasting Service. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
- Staff (February 1, 2017). "Search for the Super Battery". PBS-International. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
- Langridge, Max; Edwards, Luke (February 2, 2017). "Future batteries, coming soon: Charge in seconds, last months and power over the air". Pocket-lint.com. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
- Pogue, David (January 30, 2017). "Exclusive: Tufts professor invents a non-exploding battery that holds 2x as much power". Yahoo! News. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
- Templeton, David (January 31, 2017). "NOVA's special episode on batteries includes Carnegie Mellon University technology". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
- Hallet, Vicky (January 30, 2017). "The search for a battery that won't blow up in your face". Washington Post. Retrieved February 3, 2017.
- Search for the Super Battery (official PBS WebSite)
- Search for the Super Battery on IMDb
- Search for the Super Battery at AllMovie
- Search for the Super Battery at Amazon.com
- Search for the Super Battery – Video (53:32)
- Search for the Super Battery – video search on Youtube.
- Search for the Super Battery – video search on Dailymotion.
- Super-Charged Capacitors – Video (03:33)
- Batteries at Curlie
- Batteries – HowStuffWorks
- Batteries – Other cell types
- Batteries – Learning Package
- Batteries – Biggest batteries (2017)
- Batteries – Future types (2017)