Arizona fire highlights challenges for energy storage
Donald Sadoway, professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, explains the benefits of battery storage in an Associated Press article about energy storage in Arizona.
Innovating a Green Real Deal
Ernest Moniz, former U.S. Secretary of Energy and founding director of MITEI, writes about the broad principles of his concept for a Green Real Deal. This plan would translate the aspirations of a Green New Deal for socially just greenhouse gas reductions into action within the constraints of technical, cost, and social realities.
The decline of trust in science “terrifies” former MIT president Susan Hockfield
MIT President Emerita Susan Hockfield talks about topics in energy and founding MITEI on Vox's Podcast, Recode Decode.
These glowing plants could one day light our homes
Profs. Michael Strano and Sheila Kennedy have developed an exhibit for the Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial, which explores how Strano’s glowing plant research could be part of a sustainable energy future. “The pair is one of 62 design teams involved in the [Triennial], which highlights innovative ways humans are engaging with nature,” writes Emily Matchar for Smithsonian.
Cold fusion remains elusive—but these scientists may revive the quest
National Geographic reporter Michael Greshko writes about a new effort by researchers from a number of institutions, including MIT, to reassess the possibility of cold fusion. Prof. Yet-Ming Chiang explains that he hopes to be able to create a “‘reference experiment’ for other labs to also advance research into lower-energy nuclear physics.”
A critical step to reduce climate change
In an article on effective climate change fighting technologies, Bill Gates mentions a study published by MIT researchers on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).
New surface treatment could improve refrigeration efficiency
Research from Kripa Varanasi and other MIT researchers yields a slippery surface for liquids, which promotes droplet formation to facilitate heat transfer. This surface treatment could lead to efficiency improvements in industrial processes like refrigeration.
Cobalt for 500,000 electric cars could be harvested from the oceans
Strings of plastic balls dangled in the ocean could harvest enough cobalt for hundreds of thousands of electric car batteries. The heavy metal is a key battery ingredient, but onshore reserves are running low. So engineers from MIT want to mine it from brine.