Danielle Fong


LightSail Energy

Danielle Fong: Proving it’s Not Impossible

June 26, 2012

In the continuing saga of successful drop outs, physicist Danielle Fong is in a class by herself.  Fong is the chief scientist behind LightSail Energy, a Berkeley-based team that’s developing compressed-air technology (with a twist) designed to store the power we don’t use, and return it to the grid when needed.  The problem with compressed air technology has long been  efficiency – or rather the lack of it.  The heat energy generated by compression has previously been wasted, but Fong has developed a simple and effective method for fixing that problem.