The liquid metal battery story is more than an account of inventing technology.
It's a blueprint for inventing inventors.
With a giant battery, we'd be able to address the problem of intermittency that prevents wind and solar from contributing to the grid in the same way that coal and gas and nuclear do today.
If we're going to get this country out of its current energy situation, we can't just conserve our way out. We can't just drill our way out. We can't bomb our way out. We're going to do it the old-fashioned, American way. We're going to invent our way out, working together.
In a battery, I strive to maximize electrical potential.
When mentoring, I strive to maximize human potential.