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.
MIT says we’re overlooking a near-term solution to diesel trucking emissions
Ars Technica · April 11, 2019
Researchers Daniel Cohn and Leslie Bromberg have developed a concept for a new hybrid, flex-fuel truck with the potential to drastically reduce the gas emissions of traditional diesel trucks
Storing CO2 underground could help the fight against climate change. But cost is a big problem
CNBC · April 8, 2019
Professor T. Alan Hatton and Senior Research Engineer Howard Herzog on the role that carbon capture, utilization, and storage technologies could play in addressing climate change.
Engineers develop concept for hybrid heavy-duty trucks
Science Daily · April 8, 2019
Researchers Daniel Cohn and Leslie Bromberg have developed a concept for a new hybrid, flex-fuel truck concept that runs on gasoline. This alternative has potential to drastically reduce the gas emissions of traditional diesel trucks.
All the ways recycling is broken—and how to fix them
Fast Company · April 4, 2019
MIT startup Renewlogy is working on technology that turns otherwise recyclable plastics into a low-carbon fuel source.
MIT professor’s quest to solve the worlds battery needs
Quartz · April 1, 2019
A profile on Professor Yet-Ming Chiang, founder of six companies (including three battery startups) on his life-long passion for batteries and MIT.
Carbon capture is a policy problem, not a technology problem
WCAI NPR · March 31, 2019
Learn about the politics behind carbon capture technology in a recent interview with MITEI Research Scientist Howard Herzog on local NPR station WCAI.
Don’t expect car ownership to become obsolete
Bloomberg · March 27, 2019
An opinion piece in Bloomberg on generational driving trends cites a working paper by MIT professor Christopher Knittel and MIT alumna Elizabeth Murphy, both members of the upcoming Mobility of the Future report.
Chemical engineer Paula T. Hammond on discovery and diversity
Chemical & Engineering News · March 20, 2019
Paula T. Hammond, head of the Chemical Engineering Department, talks about diversity and her scientific journey.
College students will spend spring break installing solar panels for low income families in long beach
NBC Los Angeles · March 4, 2019
MIT undergrad students are installing solar panels for low-income communities over spring break. For the past three years, MITEI has collaborated with the nonprofit Grid Alternatives to provide students with this impactful service-learning experience.
Fusion could be the key to powering our future, if scientists can solve one last question
NBC · February 28, 2019
Researchers from MIT's Plasma Science and Fusion Center and Commonwealth Fusion Systems comment on the future of fusion.
Why carbon pricing is more economical than regulations in reducing greenhouse gas emissions
MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change · February 21, 2019
The International Research Conference on Carbon Pricing, co-chaired by MIT’s Michael Mehling, explored the challenges, opportunities, and best practices of carbon pricing policies. MITEI researcher Sergey Paltsev delivered opening remarks.
New carbon capture solvent is another stab at optimism in a stagnant industry
Ars Technica · February 19, 2019
MITEI research scientist Emre Gençer comments on the need for more work to be done in the carbon capture industry