Bill Gates-led fund makes first ‘breakthrough’ investments
In an article for Greenwire on a Bill Gates-led fund for breakthrough energy storage technologies, reporter Christa Marshall cites both a MITEI study on the future of venture capitalism and a paper co-authored by MIT researcher William B. Bonvillian focusing on energy storage and lithium-ion batteries.
Global investment in wind and solar energy is outshining fossil fuels
The Wall Street Journal
In an article by reporter Russell Gold for the Wall Street Journal, MITEI Director of Research Francis O’Sullivan says renewable costs have fallen so far in the past few years that “wind and solar now represent the lowest-cost option for generating electricity."
Japan’s decarbonization challenge
The Japan Times
MITEI Director of Research Francis O'Sullivan says technological innovation will drive the future of energy. Japan must act accordingly in its decarbonization efforts, writes Yoichi Funabashi for The Japan Times.
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
In an article by The Economist's Henry Tricks, MITEI Director of Research Francis O'Sullivan discusses the clean power transition’s effect on energy geopolitics.
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.”