Liquid metal batteries (Ambri) makes The Colbert Report


While we’ve been covering Ambri, formerly called Liquid Metal Battery, very closely, The Colbert Report introduced the battery startup to the world this week. In this video Stephen Colbert interviews Ambri founder and MIT Professor Donald Sadoway and the two discuss the power grid, batteries, electric cars and oil independence.

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Ambri has raised money from Bill Gates, Khosla Ventures, oil company Total, and the Department of Energy’s ARPA-E program. The company is developing a battery for the power grid using molten salt sandwiched between two layers of liquid metal. The battery is still about two years from commercialization, and the team has built a 16-inch prototype, though they might scale that up to 36 inches.



I hope hope hope this can really work out. Although it turns out Antimony is rare, which naturally makes it expensive. And 80% + is mined in China. And it’s a toxic metal. Then again, current battery technology requires lead or lithium, so maybe salt and Antimony really are the future. Let’s hope so,and maybe we can do something really cazy, like produce them in the states!

Joshua Mark

This video doesn’t work since I’m in Canada. Can someone tell me the episode and segment this was in?

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