MIT Study: Energy-efficient cars, public transportation are best options for traffic and the planet
WBUR's Morning Edition · November 20, 2019
Joanna Moody, research program manager of MITEI's Mobility Systems Center, speaks with Bob Oakes on WBUR's "Morning Edition" about findings from MITEI's "Insights into Future Mobility" report. She covers topics including electric vehicle adoption, autonomous vehicle deployment, and "car pride."
California crisis of fires, blackouts decades in the making
Associated Press · November 14, 2019
MIT Sloan School Professor Christopher Knittel on the current situation California and its energy utilities face.
West Texas Talk: MIT’s Energy Initiative Director Robert Armstrong; Linda Norden on John Wesley
Marfa Public Radio · October 21, 2019
MITEI Director Robert Armstrong speaks with Diana Nguyen about how climate change is transforming the world's energy landscape.
To combat climate change, do we need the nuclear option?
WBUR · September 18, 2019
Jacopo Buongiorno, director of MITEI's Center for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems, says nuclear power plays a key role in the future of energy, as shown in MIT's study, "The Future of Nuclear Energy in a Carbon Constrained World."
Global renewable energy initiative aims to bring a billion people in from the dark
The Guardian · September 13, 2019
The Global Commission to End Energy Poverty (GCEEP), an effort from The Rockefeller Foundation with research support from MITEI, aims to to bring electricity to the remaining billion people across the globe who currently live without it.
MIT Spectrum · August 26, 2019
MIT Spectrum features MITEI’s interdisciplinary approach to mapping out the future of energy and highlights “The Future of Nuclear Energy in a Carbon-Constrained World.
Carbon capture: boon or boondoggle
U.S. News & World Report · July 26, 2019
Howard Herzog, senior research engineer at MITEI, offers his perspective on the feasibility of a new startup's goals.
A new battery could be key to cutting carbon emissions, slowing climate change
NPR · July 22, 2019
Yet-Ming Chiang, professor of materials science and engineering, speaks with NPR about why improved energy storage could be key to solving some of the problems facing our energy and climate future.
Arizona fire highlights challenges for energy storage
Associated Press · June 23, 2019
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
Science Magazine · June 14, 2019
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
Vox · May 31, 2019
MIT President Emerita Susan Hockfield talks about topics in energy and founding MITEI on Vox's Podcast, Recode Decode.
Cold fusion remains elusive—but these scientists may revive the quest
National Geographic · May 29, 2019
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.”
These glowing plants could one day light our homes
Smithsonian Magazine · May 20, 2019
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.
New surface treatment could improve refrigeration efficiency
Science Daily · May 15, 2019
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.
A critical step to reduce climate change
GatesNotes · May 14, 2019
In an article on effective climate change fighting technologies, Bill Gates mentions a study published by MIT researchers on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS).
Norway is rapidly adopting electric vehicles
Yale Climate Connections · May 7, 2019
Apurba Sakti, MITEI research scientist, says that a combination of policies and incentives has accelerated the transition to EVs in Norway.
Cobalt for 500,000 electric cars could be harvested from the oceans
New Scientist · May 3, 2019
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.
Elon Musk and the Tesla automation strategy: A disruptor in vehicle safety or not?
Forbes · April 28, 2019
In Forbes opinion piece, MIT research scientist and "Mobility of the Future" study member Bryan Reimer says driver attention and behavior remain critical elements.
Mass researchers find a way to produce biofuels ‘greener’
Boston Herald · April 18, 2019
Isobutanol has been hailed as a possible green replacement for fossil fuels like gasoline, but producing it has proven difficult and costly. In a paper in Nature Communications, researchers from MIT and WPI show how a novel process may make producing this and other biofuels more economical.