Powering the Future: The next big thing in batteries

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By Alexander Trowbridge, CBS News — When it comes to the search for alternative energy, don’t forget about how to store it.

Batteries are an instrumental aspect of everyday technology, from phones to computers to cars, and an important element of the renewable energy equation.

Right now, lithium-ion batteries are the commercially dominant energy storage technology. They’re good, but not perfect.

So what’s next? CBSNews.com traveled to Argonne National Laboratory’s research facility outside of Chicago to ask the experts.

It’s a really tough question to answer,” said Michael Thackeray, a distinguished fellow and senior scientist at Argonne. Read more.

Posted August 1, 2013