The Powerhouse

The Powerhouse

Inside the Invention of A Battery to Save the World

Book - 2015
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A worldwide race is on to perfect the next engine of economic growth, the advanced lithium-ion battery. It will power the electric car, relieve global warming, and catapult the winner into a new era of economic and political mastery. Can the United States win? Steve LeVine was granted unprecedented access to a secret federal laboratory outside Chicago, where a group of geniuses is trying to solve this next monumental task of physics. But these scientists--almost all foreign born--are not alone. With so much at stake, researchers in Japan, South Korea, and China are in the same pursuit. The drama intensifies when a Silicon Valley start-up licenses the federal laboratory's signature invention with the aim of a blockbuster sale to the world's biggest carmakers. The Powerhouse is a real-time, two-year thrilling account of big invention, big commercialization, and big deception. It exposes the layers of competition and ambition, aspiration and disappointment behind this great turning point in the history of technology.
Publisher: New York, New York : Viking, 2015
ISBN: 9780670025848
0670025844
Characteristics: ix, 308 pages ; 24 cm

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RobertBoucher
Mar 20, 2015

I am a retired Electrical engineer and the author of two books on battery and solar power. I was a bit disappointed with this book. I is not a history of battery development but a some kind of cheering section for the government lab at Argonne. Too much attention to the private lives of a bunch of pampered prima donas who worry about who's parking space is bigger and very little mention to actual batteries that we use. No discussion about all the fires from poorly built Lithium batteries from China. No praise for the excellent batteries from 123 that powered almost every power hand tool .
And this author demonstrates his ignorance of engineering by his lack of precision in technical terms,
If you are looking for a 300 mile car look no further than your Tesla Dealer. and Tesla is using 2005 technology.

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