The idea is to treat the development of a new battery as something like a mathematical search. What is an effective search strategy then?
I imagine that you can get new ideas by adapting the battery technology to different environments. Then the new ideas you get could then go back and inspire the whole network. The idea here is that by combining from a dual or multi environment approach. You would get new ideas more quickly than working only on one type of battery alone.
The network is just all the different battery technologies adapted to different environments. Examples of different environments could be the desert, the arctic or why not space. Here you have extreme heat, cold or pressure.