David M. Hart is Professor at the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University and senior fellow at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF). Prof. Hart’s research focuses on clean energy innovation policy. His recent work for ITIF include “The Global Energy Innovation Index: National Contributions to the Global Clean Energy Innovation System” (August 2019); “Making “Beyond Lithium” a Reality: Fostering Innovation in Long-Duration Grid Storage” (November 2018); and “Beyond the Pork Barrel: An Assessment of the Obama Administration’s Energy Demonstration Projects (which was published in Energy Policy, in August 2018). He co-authored the April 2018 MIT Energy Innovation working paper “Energy Storage for the Grid: Policy Options for Sustaining Innovation” with William B. Bonvillian, and Unlocking Energy Innovation (MIT Press, 2012) with Richard K. Lester. Prof. Hart served as senior associate dean of the Schar School from 2013 to 2015 and as assistant director for innovation policy at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) from 2011 to 2012. He co-chairs the Innovation Policy Forum at the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.
Podcasts / Webinars
In part one of this two-part podcast series on Battery Technology and Impact on National Security, Dr. Hart and Dr. Robyn overview drivers of battery innovation and how the needs of both warfighters and military installations shape the Department of Defense’s role in creating energy storage solutions. The future importance of different energy storage technologies that are currently in use is also discussed.
In part two of this two-part podcast series, the conversation shifts to the rise of electrification and the intersection of the electric vehicle industry and the Department of Defense. Dr. Hart and Dr. Robyn also discuss the battery supply chain, touching on issues with foreign sourcing and production, as well as how best to educate the next generation about building toward sustainable energy solutions.