Ultra-light, ultra-thin solar cells offer glimpse of the future
In this article and video, CNBC reporter Anmar Frangoul explores Prof. Vladimir Bulović’s work developing ultra-light and thin solar cells that could be used to power electronic devices and could eventually be scaled to power buildings. Bulović explains that over the next decade, “a very significant fraction of the world’s electricity will be provided by solar.”
Clean energy’s shifting reality: Venture capital recedes, but what’s next?
Writing for Brookings Institution, Devashree Saha and Mark Muro explore how the traditional venture capital model may be ill-suited for many cleantech sectors, citing a recent MITEI report on the subject.
How can Tucson Electric get solar + storage for 4.5¢/kWh?
In an article for Utility Dive, Peter Maloney quotes MITEI PhD candidate Jesse Jenkins on the economics of solar-plus-storage projects.
The Future of European Transit: Driverless and Utilitarian
New York Times
In an article for The New York Times about the growing number of autonomous public transportation programs in Europe, Mark Scott highlights Prof. Carlo Ratti’s work testing driverless boats in Amsterdam. In addition to ferrying people and goods, the driverless boats will also be able to “automatically dock with each other, creating on-demand bridges and walkways whenever necessary."
Under Trump energy security is running on empty
In an op-ed in The Hill, MIT professor and former U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz voices his concerns about what President Trump's proposed budget means for U.S. energy security and low-carbon innovation.
Simple Physics Solutions to Storing Renewable Energy
Writing for NOVA Next, Annette Choi talks with MITEI Director Robert Armstrong and research scientist Apurba Sakti on the value of developing energy storage solutions to maximize the potential of renewable energy technologies and make the electric grid more reliable, flexible, and adaptable.
How inaction on climate change puts America’s economy at risk
In an article for The Hill, Prof. Valerie Karplus highlights the economic risks of ignoring the emerging market for clean energy. Karplus writes that, “abandoning the fight against climate change…will take away U.S. jobs.”
Cleantech venture capital: Continued declines and narrow geography limit prospects
Devashree Saha and Mark Muro, writing for Brookings, reference MITEI's recent cleantech venture capital (VC) report in an analysis of VC's future prospects.
Renewable Energy Breaks Records in 2016
Steve Baragona, writing for VOA, interviews MITEI research director Francis O'Sullivan on the increasing role of renewables in new energy facilities.