Scientist Ernesto Julio Calvo (Argentina) who invented Inquimae - a new way of extracting lithium that is powered by solar energy and is quicker and cleaner than any existing technology - won the first prize in the Bright Minds Challenge.
Qichao Hu no longer needs to imagine it, because he is about to make it a reality. As the inventor of the Gen 3 Li-Metal battery he and his team have doubled the life of the batteries used to stop these drones crashing to the ground at night – thus turning a great concept into a life-changing opportunity.
His own journey has been one of curiosity, discovery and national acclaim… followed by crushing disappointment and depression. It has led him from the hallowed halls of MIT, to the deserted factory of a bankrupt Massachusetts battery factory.
But today the company he founded, SolidEnergy Systems, is dealing with 1,000 new business enquiries per month as it prepares to transform everything from drones, to phones, to cars. How?