2015 Lemelson Winner Jay Whitacre Talks About the Future of Energy Storage

Jay Whitacre, left, speaking with MIT Technology Reviews Jason Pontin at EmTech.

Jay Whitacre, a professor of materials science and engineering at Carnegie Mellon University and the founder of Aquion Energy, is the winner of the 2015 Lemelson-MIT Prize. The prize awards $500,000 annually to an outstandingmidcareer inventor who has developed a product or process with great value to society. Whitacre invented a new class of battery, made of nontoxic materials, that can provide long-term storage of energy from solar, wind, and other intermittent