Eskom’s unsustainable business model in need of proactive reform – Eberhard
In Engineering News, MITEI's Ignacio Perez-Arriaga discusses how changing patterns of electricity use are forcing global power utilities to rethink their "antiquated business models." The article cites examples from MITEI's Utility of the Future study.
How to avoid blackouts in hurricanes? Model power grids after the internet, says one expert.
PRI's The World
On PRI's "The World," MITEI director of research Francis O'Sullivan explains how microgrids can help make the electric grid more resilient against mass blackouts in future natural disasters like Hurricane Irma.
Chicago group aims to draw more investors to cleantech startups
Midwest Energy News
This article by David Unger in Midwest Energy News describes a novel investment model piloted by the cleantech accelerator Clean Energy Trust (CET). In comparing this new model to traditional venture capital methods, Unger cites a MITEI working paper on investment in early-stage cleantech.
Chemical & Engineering News Magazine’s talented twelve
Chemical and Engineering News Magazine
In this article from Chemical & Engineering News Magazine, Professor Fikile Brushett of chemical engineering is named one of the magazine’s “Talented Twelve” for his work on electrochemical flow batteries. "The most interesting and important problems exist at the interface of multiple disciplines," he says.
Solar eclipse 2017: how the solar power industry is prepping for a huge sunlight blip
In this article from Vox, MITEI Director of Research Francis O’Sullivan discusses the effects of the total solar eclipse on U.S. solar facilities and grid operations, predicting that following the eclipse there will be an “increased focus on ensuring that we have backup that’s more flexible.”
The problem with electric cars? Not enough chargers
The Wall Street Journal
In the Wall Street Journal, reporter Christopher Mims talks with MITEI's Francis O’Sullivan and Jesse Jenkins about the challenges related to building charging infrastructure and upgrading electric distribution grids to accommodate the growing electric vehicle market.
Storing clean energy in salt isn’t as crazy as it sounds
In this article from Grist, MITEI's Donald Sadoway discusses the contending options for power storage technology, including pumped hydro, compressed air, flywheels, and batteries, and highlights the need for a set of diverse solutions.
MIT researchers develop ‘any surface’ solar cell
PV Magazine highlights the work of MIT researchers Jing Kong and Yi Song, who are developing a flexible, transparent solar cell that could turn virtually any surface into a source of power generation.
Researchers: Models overstate technology impact, understate location impact for unconventional wells
Journal of Petroleum Technology
In this article from the Journal of Petroleum Technology, MITEI’s Justin Montgomery and Francis O’Sullivan's research on well productivity provides insight into why models overstate technology impact and understate location impact for unconventional wells.
Trump abdicates US leadership on climate change
The Boston Globe
In an op-ed in The Boston Globe, MIT professor and former U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz voices his concerns about the ramifications of the Trump Administration's decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. Moniz states that the decision "is bad for science-based decision making, national and energy security, and innovation."