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The Battery War

For all the global obsession with oil that has marked the past decades, the real future of energy may be something quite different. An advanced lithium-ion battery could power our electric cars and help relieve climate change. But the race is on in laboratories all over the world to be the first to solve this scientific enigma—and the United States may not necessarily be the winner. Steve Levine, Washington Correspondent for Quartz, will discuss his new book, The Powerhouse: Inside the Invention of a Battery to Save the World,with Donna Harris, co-founder of Washington DC start-up hub, 1776. They will explore how geopolitics, competition, and the scientists themselves could shape technology’s next great watershed.

Follow the discussion online using #ThePowerhouse and following @FutureTenseNow.

Participants:

Steve Levine
Washington Correspondent, Quartz
Author, The Powerhouse: Inside the Invention of a Battery to Save the World
@stevelevine

Donna Harris
Co-founder, 1776
@dharrisindc