Solar eclipse 2017: how the solar power industry is prepping for a huge sunlight blip
In this article from Vox, MITEI Director of Research Francis O’Sullivan discusses the effects of the total solar eclipse on U.S. solar facilities and grid operations, predicting that following the eclipse there will be an “increased focus on ensuring that we have backup that’s more flexible.”
The problem with electric cars? Not enough chargers
The Wall Street Journal
In the Wall Street Journal, reporter Christopher Mims talks with MITEI's Francis O’Sullivan and Jesse Jenkins about the challenges related to building charging infrastructure and upgrading electric distribution grids to accommodate the growing electric vehicle market.
Storing clean energy in salt isn’t as crazy as it sounds
In this article from Grist, MITEI's Donald Sadoway discusses the contending options for power storage technology, including pumped hydro, compressed air, flywheels, and batteries, and highlights the need for a set of diverse solutions.
MIT researchers develop ‘any surface’ solar cell
PV Magazine highlights the work of MIT researchers Jing Kong and Yi Song, who are developing a flexible, transparent solar cell that could turn virtually any surface into a source of power generation.
Researchers: Models overstate technology impact, understate location impact for unconventional wells
Journal of Petroleum Technology
In this article from the Journal of Petroleum Technology, MITEI’s Justin Montgomery and Francis O’Sullivan's research on well productivity provides insight into why models overstate technology impact and understate location impact for unconventional wells.
Trump abdicates US leadership on climate change
The Boston Globe
In an op-ed in The Boston Globe, MIT professor and former U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz voices his concerns about the ramifications of the Trump Administration's decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement. Moniz states that the decision "is bad for science-based decision making, national and energy security, and innovation."
Trump Budget Would Shutter DOE’s Central Policy Research Team
Writing for Greentech Media, Julian Spector discusses the effects of the Trump Administration's proposed budget cuts on the Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis established by MIT professor and former U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz.
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.