MIT Energy Initiative
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Batteries from molten metals

Low-cost, long-lasting storage for the grid

David Bradwell and Donald Sadoway, from A battery of molten metals, Energy Futures Autumn 2015Credit: David Sella

The classic academic approach of inventing the coolest chemistry and then trying to reduce costs in the manufacturing stage wouldn’t work [here]. In the energy sector, you’re competing against hydrocarbons, and they’re deeply entrenched and heavily subsidized and tenacious.

Donald Sadoway, professor



Donald Sadoway of materials science and engineering, David Bradwell MEng ’06, PhD ’11, and their collaborators have developed a novel molten-metal battery that is low-cost, high-capacity, efficient, long-lasting, and easy to manufacture—characteristics that make it ideal for storing electricity on power grids today and in the future.


Research Team

David Bradwell PhD ‘11 Materials Science and Engineering