Making better decisions for the energy transition
CERAWeek Conversations · June 16, 2020
MITEI Director Robert Armstrong joins a panel of experts to analyze the energy transition challenge, cross-sectoral approaches to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, and a new model to measure their impact.
Low-tech water wand finds contaminated drinking water
Scientific American · May 29, 2020
Researchers from MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, including former MIT Tata Fellow Emily Hanhauser, have developed a low-cost water collection device that could enable mail-in testing to detect heavy metals in water.
Nuclear fusion startup gets $84 million to enter new phase
Bloomberg · May 26, 2020
MIT spinoff Commonwealth Fusion Systems has raised $84 million dollars in its latest round of funding, putting the company on track for a demonstration reactor by 2025.
In a potential big win for renewable energy, Form Energy gets its first grid-scale battery installation
TechCrunch · May 7, 2020
Spun out of MIT, Form Energy has signed a deal to develop a grid-scale, long-duration energy storage pilot program—an encouraging step toward creating an affordable, 100% renewable electricity system.
Energy innovation is a marathon not a sprint
CERAWeek Conversations · May 2, 2020
MITEI Director Robert Armstrong joins others to discuss what their organizations are doing to support the fight against the pandemic.
Has the coronavirus finally taught us how to listen to science?
The Boston Globe · April 21, 2020
MIT President L. Rafael Reif connects lessons from the fight against Covid-19 to actions we need to take on a global scale to combat climate change.
The year you finally read a book about climate change
The New York Times · April 19, 2020
The New York Times spotlights Kerry Emanuel’s (MIT Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences) book, "What We Know About Climate Change," in a roundup of recommended reading on climate change.
Storing CO2 underground could help the fight against climate change. But cost is a big problem
CNBC · April 8, 2020
MITEI researcher Howard J. Herzog and Professor T. Alan Hatton (MIT Chemical Engineering) discuss the role of carbon capture, utilization, and storage in addressing climate change and the current barriers to its widespread implementation.
Clean Air: Can Lowering Cost Of Carbon Capture Bring Business On-Board With Climate Change?
KJZZ Public Radio · March 16, 2020
Professor T. Alan Hatton comments on the uses and implications of different carbon capture technologies, and the importance of finding ways to move away from reliance on fossil fuels.
Nuclear energy storage? Advanced reactor developers trying to expand nuclear power's selling points
Utility Drive · March 12, 2020
MIT professor Jacopo Buongiorno comments on the current state of nuclear molten salt reactors.
Utah plans first-of-a-kind 100% renewable hydrogen plant
Energywire · March 11, 2020
MITEI researcher Emre Gençer comments on the use of hydrogen in supplementing intermittent renewable sources such as wind and solar.
How the next generation of nuclear reactors could be smaller, greener and safer
PBS NewsHour · February 12, 2020
John Parsons, the co-director of the Center for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems (one of MITEI's low-carbon energy centers), discusses the role that regional needs and capabilities will play in determining where nuclear power will fit into the future energy landscape.
Mapping potholes by phone
The New York Times · January 23, 2020
Under the direction of Professor Franz Josef-Ulm, a team of researchers from MIT, Harvard and Birzeit University have developed an app that uses phone data to determine road quality, which could help curb carbon emissions. Using this data, drivers could avoid rougher roads, which require more gas to drive on.
MITEI researchers Randall Field and Joanna Moody discuss Mobility of the Future study on “Digital Trends Live”
Digital Trends · December 10, 2019
Randall Field, executive director of the Mobility of the Future study and the Mobility Systems Center at the MIT Energy Initiative, and Joanna Moody, research program manager for the center, join Digital Trends Live to discuss MITEI's "Insights into Future Mobility" report findings, from infrastructure considerations for alternative fuel vehicles to how autonomous vehicles can work alongside mass transit.
MIT experts say CAFE, low-carbon grid key to reduce vehicle GHGs
Inside EPA · December 10, 2019
Jennifer Morris, a research scientist at the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, speaks with Inside EPA about key findings from MITEI's "Insights into Future Mobility" report. She says that in all examined scenarios, the researchers expect to see significant growth of electric vehicles.
MIT report suggests that price of EVs won’t match traditional vehicles for 10 years
AFP · November 20, 2019
AFP highlights MITEI's "Insights into Future Mobility" report predictions regarding the price of electric vehicles in the years ahead.
Hydrogen truck maker Nikola claims it has breakthrough battery tech—and doesn’t care if you’re skeptical
Forbes · November 20, 2019
Forbes cites battery price findings from MITEI's "Insights into Future Mobility" report in an article on breakthrough battery technology.
3-year study raises doubts about EVs’ future
E&E News · November 20, 2019
Improved efficiency of gas-powered cars is as critical as electrification in terms of mitigating climate change, says Joanna Moody, research program manager of MITEI's Mobility Systems center and coordinating author of MITEI's "Insights into Future Mobility" report.
Meeting Paris goals will require EV innovation: MIT report
Smart Cities Dive · November 20, 2019
Joanna Moody, research program manager of MITEI's Mobility Systems Center, discusses "Insights into Future Mobility" report findings on the economic factors and cultural shifts that could influence the future of personal transportation.
Why the electric-car revolution may take a lot longer than expected: An MIT analysis finds that steady declines in battery costs will stall in the next few years.
MIT Technology Review · November 20, 2019
Randall Field, executive director of MITEI's Mobility of the Future study, speaks with the MIT Technology Review about the "Insights into Future Mobility" report findings on projected battery prices and price parity between electric and gas-powered vehicles.