People must retain control of autonomous vehicles
In a commentary for Nature, Ashley Nunes, Bryan Reimer and Joseph Coughlin of the MIT AgeLab discuss how current legislation does not sufficiently account for the risks associated with operating autonomous vehicles. “Policymakers need to work more closely with academics and manufacturers to design appropriate regulations,” they write. “This is extremely challenging because the research cuts across many disciplines.”
Clean power is shaking up the global geopolitics of energy
Energy transitions change the world, writes Henry Tricks. So who will be the winners and losers of the green revolution?
My life in the elusive green economy
MITEI research director Francis O'Sullivan says "we've entered a new era”—one in which clean energy is rapidly transforming the marketplace.
What are some of the biggest energy breakthroughs to come out of MIT?
Read about some of the most significant developments in renewable energy from MIT in the last ten years—and what could be on the horizon.
A better battery? MIT researchers say discovery could improve storage of energy from wind, sun
The Boston Globe
MIT researchers have made improvements to liquid-sodium batteries, potentially paving the way for the battery to be used for renewable energy storage, reports Laney Ruckstuhl for The Boston Globe. “Unlike lithium-ion batteries used in cellphones and laptops, the liquid-sodium batteries won’t lose their capacity quickly.”
Personalized thermal clouds will eliminate energy wastage
Buildings with responsive sensors can personalize the climate of an office to suit its occupants and save on needless energy use.
Is cap and trade the climate solution? The jury’s still out
California and New England are about to find out what the market-based mechanism for reducing emissions can really do.
Could cobalt choke our electric vehicle future?
Demand for the metal, which is critical to EV batteries, could soon outstrip supply
‘Battery’ that bottles sunshine could bring a new solar revolution
In an article for NBC News about solar power, Corey Powell highlights Prof. Jeffrey Grossman’s work developing a material for a new chemical heat battery that could release energy on demand. “We’re creating materials that store thermal energy in completely new ways,” Grossman explains.
MIT: Cheap gas, not renewables, caused nuclear woes
A new study from the MIT Center for Energy and Environmental Policy Research, written by MITEI Researcher Jesse Jenkins, concludes low natural gas prices are the primary cause of nuclear plants' struggles in organized markets — not renewable energy.