Is nuclear fusion the answer to the climate crisis?
The Guardian · December 28, 2020
Promising new studies from the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center and MIT spinout Commonwealth Fusion Systems suggest the long elusive technology may be capable of producing electricity for the grid by the end of the decade.
The climate challenges and opportunities ahead
The Boston Globe · December 21, 2020
Former U.S. Energy Secretary and MITEI's founding director Ernest Moniz discusses the climate-related challenges and opportunities that the U.S. will face during the Biden administration.
We already have the technology to decarbonize U.S. electricity
Gizmodo · December 15, 2020
A study by MITEI researcher Patrick Brown and Audun Botterud, a research scientist at the MIT Laboratory for Decisions and Information Sciences, has found that U.S. electricity demand can be met with currently available carbon-free technology.
MIT study lays bare why nuclear costs keep rising
GreenTech Media · December 8, 2020
Jessika Trancik, a professor of energy studies at the MIT Institute for Data, Systems, and Society, led a study that examines the increasing construction costs of new nuclear power plants.
Car access more than tripled in value during early Covid-19
MIT Sloan Ideas Made to Matter · December 1, 2020
Joanna Moody, the research program manager for MITEI's Mobility Systems Center, discusses a new survey that finds that while cars are expensive and underused, they provide U.S. owners with a sense of security and control.
Gel layer inspired by camel fur could keep food and medicines cool
New Scientist · November 11, 2020
Jeffrey Grossman, the department head of Materials Science and Engineering, and others have developed a thin gel layer that mimics camel fur and could potentially help keep food and medicine cool for days, without electricity.
This solar panel can go on drones, car roofs
E&E News · October 13, 2020
Joel Jean, the CEO and co-founder of Swift Solar, a startup with MITEI roots that has licensed patents for new solar photovoltaic technology devised at NREL, says his company has also started to make prototype devices that could expand the new solar PV technology to a variety of products that "'move and fly.'"
Growing battery storage market key to adding renewables to grid
Energy Evolution (S&P Global Market Intelligence) · September 18, 2020
MITEI Research Scientist Dharik Mallapragada speaks with Energy Evolution podcast about variable renewable energy generation and the economic value of energy storage, as well as possible future paths for storage.
Renewables and the Russian economy
PV Magazine · September 8, 2020
Sergey Paltsev (MITEI, MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change) explains how energy-exporting countries like Russia can diversify their economies and stimulate economic growth while supporting more aggressive emissions targets.
Transportation policy profiles of Chinese city clusters
GIZ Sustainable Transport in China · August 26, 2020
MITEI’s article discussing research on transportation policy-making in different types of Chinese cities by Joanna Moody (MITEI Mobility Systems Center) and Jinhua Zhao (Urban Studies and Planning, JTL Urban Mobility Lab) is featured as a guest contribution on the “GIZ Sustainable Transport in China” blog, in both English and Mandarin.
Stay cool without racking up a bill
The New York Times · August 8, 2020
Dharik Mallapragada, a MITEI research scientist, discusses smart thermostats in an article on how to air-condition your home more efficiently in the summer heat.
Long-term value of grid storage is all about capacity, study finds
GreenTech Media · July 2, 2020
In a paper recently published in Applied Energy, researchers including Dharik Mallapragada of MITEI examine battery storage to determine the key drivers that impact its economic value, how that value may change with increasing deployment over time, and the implications for the long-term cost-effectiveness of storage. They find that “capacity deferral,” or substitution of batteries for generation or transmission capacity, is the primary source of storage value.
Making better decisions for the energy transition
CERAWeek Conversations · June 16, 2020
MITEI Director Robert Armstrong joins a panel of experts to analyze the energy transition challenge, cross-sectoral approaches to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions, and a new model to measure their impact.
Quaise launches with $6 million to unlock Earth’s most abundant clean energy source
Businesswire · June 8, 2020
MIT spinoff Quaise Inc. has raised $6 million in a funding round led by The Engine. The company is working to develop and commercialize a new hybrid deep drilling technology for geothermal energy, pioneered by Paul Woskov and a team at MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center. The early research for this technology was supported through MITEI’s Seed Fund grant program.
Low-tech water wand finds contaminated drinking water
Scientific American · May 29, 2020
Researchers from MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, including former MIT Tata Fellow Emily Hanhauser, have developed a low-cost water collection device that could enable mail-in testing to detect heavy metals in water.
Nuclear fusion startup gets $84 million to enter new phase
Bloomberg · May 26, 2020
MIT spinoff Commonwealth Fusion Systems has raised $84 million dollars in its latest round of funding, putting the company on track for a demonstration reactor by 2025.
In a potential big win for renewable energy, Form Energy gets its first grid-scale battery installation
TechCrunch · May 7, 2020
Spun out of MIT, Form Energy has signed a deal to develop a grid-scale, long-duration energy storage pilot program—an encouraging step toward creating an affordable, 100% renewable electricity system.
Energy innovation is a marathon not a sprint
CERAWeek Conversations · May 2, 2020
MITEI Director Robert Armstrong joins others to discuss what their organizations are doing to support the fight against the pandemic.
Has the coronavirus finally taught us how to listen to science?
The Boston Globe · April 21, 2020
MIT President L. Rafael Reif connects lessons from the fight against Covid-19 to actions we need to take on a global scale to combat climate change.