Mapping what it would take for a renaissance for nuclear energy
In an article for Ars Technica, reporter Megan Geuss explores the ways nuclear energy has been struggling — there’s little new reactor construction, and old reactors are shutting down following disasters like Fukushima. Citing MIT’s new nuclear energy study, she writes about how nuclear can overcome these challenges and play a vital role in decarbonization.
Calif. decarbonization may mean more gas exports as western markets seek balance
In an article for S&P Global, Sarah Smith and Ashleigh Cotting speak with MITEI director of research Francis O’Sullivan about the effects California’s proposed zero-emissions plan may have on western natural gas markets. O’Sullivan discusses electrification of heating, carbon-free power grids, and California’s unique climate problems.
Morning Energy newsletter: MIT tries to crack the nuclear nut — again
In Politico's Morning Energy newsletter, Kelsey Tamborrino writes about MIT's nuclear study and the potential new solutions it offers to reduce reactor cost, including emissions pricing, standardized designs, and passive safety technologies.
Generate newsletter: Nuclear revival needed for climate
Generate, a newsletter from Axios, discusses MIT's nuclear study and its conclusion that although nuclear power is necessary if we are to achieve deep decarbonization, cost reductions and increased policy support are required before that can occur. The bottom line, the newsletter explains, is that nuclear’s higher cost places a higher price overall on clean energy.
One secret to building affordable nuclear: stick with tried-and-true designs
MIT Technology Review
In an article for the MIT Technology Review, James Temple highlights MIT’s new nuclear study and its conclusion that without cost reductions, nuclear power can never reach its full potential. Temple notes that the report provides some possible solutions: building up a skilled labor force experienced with a particular kind of reactor design, establishing a reliable supply chain, and more.
Nuclear has to use climate crisis to justify high cost, MIT says
In an article for Bloomberg, Jonathan Tirone writes about MIT’s “landmark report” on nuclear energy, which finds that policy support for clean technologies and cost-reduction strategies such as emissions pricing are critical if nuclear is to play a role in fighting climate change.
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.”