Energy Breakthroughs: A Glimpse into the Future

The global energy landscape is in the midst of rapid change. Threats such as climate change and energy access present challenges—but also create opportunities for new innovative approaches. As the world works to accelerate the shift away from fossil fuels, what advancements need to happen for technologies like solar to take their place cost-effectively and reliably? What will our energy storage options look like to account for distributed generation? How will the electric grid of the future support new renewable fuels and energy storage technologies? Hear from the innovators from Argonne National Lab, who are helping to bring emerging technologies from the lab to the marketplace, through a series of TED-style talks that will present a glimpse into our energy future.


Host - Steve LeVine, Washington Correspondent, Quartz

The Future of Solar - Seth Darling, Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory; Fellow, Institute for Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago

The Future of Storage - Kevin Gallagher, Chemical Engineer, Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), Argonne National Laboratory

The Future of the Grid - Leah Guzowski, Director, Strategy & Research Programs, and Energy Policy Scientist, Argonne National Laboratory; Fellow, Computation Institute, University of Chicago

This event is co-sponsored by the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago (EPIC), Chicago Innovation Exchange, Argonne National Laboratory, Institute for Molecular Engineering and Clean Energy Trust. 


Chicago Innovation Exchange Skydeck
5235 South Harper Court, Chicago, IL

This event is part of UChicago's Innovation Fest