Could glowing plants replace light bulbs?
Professor Michael Strano spoke with CNN’s Nicola Davison about his recent work making plants glow. "We're thinking about how we can engineer plants to replace functions of the devices that we encounter every day. The things that we make out of plastic and circuit boards -- can we replace those with a living plant?" said Strano.
MIT study suggests role of tech is overrated in energy
In an interview with Bloomberg’s Alix Steel, MITEI’s Justin Montgomery discusses his research on oil and technology.
Puerto Rico’s governor denounces US tax bill as devastating to island’s recovery
The Boston Globe
Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló discusses proposed federal tax policies and working with MIT on solutions for climate-resilient reconstruction at the Resilient Reconstruction of the Caribbean conference hosted by MITEI.
U.S. vastly overstates oil output forecasts, MIT study suggests
In this article from Bloomberg, MITEI's director of research Francis O'Sullivan and researcher Justin Montgomery discuss "game-changing" evidence that the U.S. Department of Energy's official forecast may vastly overstate future oil and gas production.
Top energy storage projects driving the sector in 2017
In this article from Utility Dive, MITEI's Jesse Jenkins weighs in on the pricing of Tucson Electric Power’s (TEP) solar plus storage facility.
Tesla eyes hurricane-ravaged Caribbean, could shape power grids
Francis O'Sullivan, MITEI's director of research, talks with reporter Emre Kelly about the value of microgrids in increasing resilience to natural disasters. “In places like the U.S. Virgin Islands, it makes a whole lot of sense right now," he says. "They should look to integrate today’s newer technologies and not simply rebuild the old system we had.”
Eskom’s unsustainable business model in need of proactive reform – Eberhard
In Engineering News, MITEI's Ignacio Perez-Arriaga discusses how changing patterns of electricity use are forcing global power utilities to rethink their "antiquated business models." The article cites examples from MITEI's Utility of the Future study.
How to avoid blackouts in hurricanes? Model power grids after the internet, says one expert.
PRI's The World
On PRI's "The World," MITEI director of research Francis O'Sullivan explains how microgrids can help make the electric grid more resilient against mass blackouts in future natural disasters like Hurricane Irma.
Chicago group aims to draw more investors to cleantech startups
Midwest Energy News
This article by David Unger in Midwest Energy News describes a novel investment model piloted by the cleantech accelerator Clean Energy Trust (CET). In comparing this new model to traditional venture capital methods, Unger cites a MITEI working paper on investment in early-stage cleantech.
Chemical & Engineering News Magazine’s talented twelve
Chemical and Engineering News Magazine
In this article from Chemical & Engineering News Magazine, Professor Fikile Brushett of chemical engineering is named one of the magazine’s “Talented Twelve” for his work on electrochemical flow batteries. "The most interesting and important problems exist at the interface of multiple disciplines," he says.