Berkeley Research Group Wins BASF Open Innovation Contest on Energy Storage

Ludwigshafen, Germany – November 24, 2015 – A research group formed by two University of California, Berkeley professors, Paul K. Wright and James W. Evans, is one of four winners of the BASF Energy Contest. From 122 applications submitted on the online platform NineSights, a jury of BASF experts and external specialists chose the four best proposals which will be funded with €100.000 each at the “Creator Space Summit” in Ludwigshafen.
The Open Innovation Contest, initiated by BASF at the beginning of February, aims to find ideas for the storage of energy from renewable energy sources. Sustainable technologies should make it possible to store power from the grid and feed power back into it. Together with scientists, inventors and companies, BASF is looking for efficient solutions for the long-term storage of electricity, which are financially viable, for example through lower investment costs. Innovative chemistry was to play a central role in the submitted proposals. Professors Paul Wright and James Evans proposed a novel rechargeable zinc battery, for which there is already a start-up company.