Dr. Yi Ke is the program manager of New Energy Nexus’ Storage and Mobility Program, which aims to support diverse entrepreneurs to drive innovation and build equity in the energy storage and battery sector with funds, accelerators, and networks. Projects under the program include CalCharge, EV and Battery Challenge (with LG Chem, Hyundai Motor, and Kia Motor), LG Chem Battery Challenge, Bay Area Battery Summit.
Yi also has been working at Rocky Mountain Institute for 7 years. She provided strategy consulting service to government and utilities on topics from long-term energy system planning to short-term power market design to create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon energy future for all. Her works were used as a reference to the U.S.-China Joint Presidential Statement on Climate Change in 2015 by the White House and China’s 13th Five Year Plan by NDRC. Before that, she spent five years at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory conducting Ph. D. research on advanced solar cell materials. Because of her thesis work, she received the distinguished Materials Research Society Graduate Student Award.