The U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory has named Venkat Srinivasan the next director of the Argonne Collaborative Center for Energy Storage Science (ACCESS). ACCESS is a collaborative of scientists and engineers from across Argonne that helps public and private-sector customers create energy storage solutions through multidisciplinary research.

Venkat holds a special place at Enovix. He was a technical advisor to the Enovix co-founders at the inception of the company. His extensive battery knowledge was critical in helping the co-founders formulate the innovative 3D Silicon Lithium-ion Battery.

Before joining ACCESS, Venkat served as a staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. At Berkeley Lab, Srinivasan conceived the idea of CalCharge, a public-private partnership in energy storage, of which Enovix is a charter member. By combining this experience with the potential reach of ACCESS, he hopes to explore the role of such consortia in developing and enabling a roadmap for U.S. manufacturing of advanced batteries.

Venkat previously served at Berkeley Lab as the technical manager of the Batteries for Advanced Transportation Technologies (BATT) Program—as the acting director of that program, as department head of the Energy Storage and Distributed Resources Department and as the interim director of that division. He also served as deputy director of the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), a DOE Energy Innovation Hub led by Argonne that seeks to create next-generation batteries with energy storage potential beyond that of current lithium-ion batteries. He will continue in his role with JCESR.

Vankat also hosts a popular blog called This Week in Batteries, which examines the technical and market impacts of battery technologies. As an appreciative blogger, I hope he will have time left, with what will surely be a demanding schedule, to continue sharing his knowledge of battery technology and market insights.