The Powerhouse: Inside the Invention of a Battery to Save the World

The Powerhouse: Inside the Invention of a Battery to Save the World


A Soul of the recent computer for our time, a gripping account of invention, trade, and duplicity within the age of technology

a world race is directly to ideal the following engine of monetary development, the complex lithium-ion battery. it's going to strength the electrical vehicle, relieve international warming, and catapult the winner right into a new period of financial and political mastery. Can the U.S. win?

Steve LeVine used to be granted remarkable entry to a safe federal laboratory outdoors Chicago, the place a bunch of geniuses is making an attempt to unravel this subsequent enormous job of physics. yet those scientists--almost all international born--are now not on my own. With quite a bit at stake, researchers in Japan, South Korea, and China are within the comparable pursuit. The drama intensifies whilst a Silicon Valley start-up licenses the federal laboratory's signature invention with the purpose of a blockbuster sale to the world's greatest carmakers.

The Powerhouse is a real-time, two-year account of huge invention, great commercialization, and large deception. It exposes the layers of aspiration and unhappiness, pageant and ambition at the back of this nice turning aspect within the historical past of technology.

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