Building Disruptive Processes: A Story About Batteries

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A great article came out from Quartz this week on the future of manufacturing in the United States that reinforces a lot of my beliefs around the development of manufacturing in the United States. Quartz’s story revolves around how an MIT team, lead by MIT materials sciences professor, Yet-Ming Chiang, stumbled upon an invention that is set to revolutionize battery production and usage in the United states. The new invention from 24-m would potentially enable the team to make a new cell battery every two to ten seconds to power businesses, neighborhoods and utilities. By 2020 the new production method would enable lithium-ion batteries to be produced at 30% less cost than they are currently.

Industry-disrupting stuff to say the least. Especially since battery development has become a major R&D focus for leading technology companies and the U.S. government in the last decade.

Much of 24-m’s success comes from the painstaking process of re-envisioning…

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