Fusion energy nears Kitty Hawk moment
CommonWealth Magazine · September 27, 2021
Dennis Whyte (Plasma Science and Fusion Center) and Bob Mumgaard (Commonwealth Fusion Systems) discuss the role of fusion energy and the ways in which MIT and Commonwealth Fusion Systems are working to make this elusive but planet-saving technology a reality.
Experts Are Divided on the Best Way for Automakers to Hit Fuel Efficiency Targets
Newsweek · September 14, 2021
John Heywood (Mechanical Engineering) comments on the role of hybrid vehicles in decarbonizing the automotive industry. “By making all of the standard gasoline engines hybrid, you get a roughly 30% improvement in fuel consumption,” he says.
MIT Scientists Report 'Major Advance' In Fusion Energy
Vice · September 10, 2021
"A future powered by fusion energy is closer than ever before," reports Vice on last week’s success test by the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center and spinout Commonwealth Fusion Systems of a key component of their fusion reactor: a magnet with a strength of 20 tesla.
Fusion gets closer with successful test of new kind of magnet at MIT start-up backed by Bill Gates
CNBC · September 8, 2021
On September 5, 2021, for the first time, a large high-temperature superconducting electromagnet was ramped up to a field strength of 20 tesla, the most powerful magnetic field of its kind ever created on Earth.
Cambridge startup takes big step toward clean fusion power
The Boston Globe · September 8, 2021
The MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center and spinout Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS) successfully tested the world’s most powerful superconducting magnet, capable of containing the immense energy of a fusion reaction, while consuming far less power than earlier magnets.
Study: Hydrogen power’s role in a green energy future Study: Hydrogen power’s role in a green energy future
American City and Country · September 7, 2021
In a study analyzing California’s power system, MITEI researchers Emre Gençer and Drake D. Hernandez SM ’21 show that hydrogen-generated electricity is a cost-competitive alternative to lithium-ion battery arrays for backing up solar and wind.
The inside of these bottles is so slippery, you can get all the lotion out
Fast Company · August 25, 2021
LiquiGlide, an MIT startup that has developed a non-toxic lubricant that ensures each drop of a product slides out of the bottle, is making an environmental impact by lessening waste and making recycling easier.
Building a better chemical factory—out of microbes
MIT Technology Review · August 24, 2021
Kristala Jones Prather (Chemical Engineering) has made it practical to turn microbes into efficient producers of desired chemicals, while also working to reduce our dependence on petroleum.
What can we do now to avert the worst climate impacts?
The Hill · August 18, 2021
Sergey Paltsev (MITEI, MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change) examines the findings of the most recent IPCC report on climate change, underscoring the need to take more aggressive action to cut carbon emissions.
Massachusetts Start-Up Hopes to Move a Step Closer to Commercial Fusion
The New York Times · August 10, 2021
MIT fusion energy spinout Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS) is nearing a technological milestone that could take the world a step closer to fusion energy. CFS plans to demonstrate their new magnet—a crucial component in their Tokamak reactor design—that is almost twice the strength of the magnets used by other fusion reactors.
The pandemic changed car ownership. How can cities adapt?
Smart Cities Dive · August 9, 2021
David Keith (MIT Sloan School of Management) discusses the perceived benefits of car ownership—particularly through the Covid-19 pandemic—and how that impacts efforts to increase shared mobility services.
Climate change has reached an unprecedented level, with little time to act, a stark new UN report finds
The Boston Globe · August 9, 2021
A new landmark report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) shows how humanity’s burning of fossil fuels is driving changes to the planet’s climate unseen for thousands—if not hundreds of thousands—of years. Sergey Paltsev (MITEI, MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change), the lead author of a past IPCC report says, “the reality this report presents is alarming.”
Form Energy unveils its iron-air battery
The Interchange · July 30, 2021
Shayle Kann of The Interchange podcast sits down with Mateo Jaramillo, the CEO and cofounder of MIT spinout Form Energy, to discuss the company’s story—from founding to last week’s technology unveiling—and examine how multi-day storage fits into a decarbonizing grid.
30 years 'is not very much time' to get to net zero
BNN Bloomberg · July 28, 2021
MITEI Senior Research Engineer Howard Herzog joins BNN Bloomberg to discuss the challenges facing the carbon capture and sequestration industry and the race to get to net zero.
Iron-air batteries: Huge green-energy breakthrough, or just a lot of hype?
The Washington Post · July 27, 2021
An iron-air battery prototype developed by MIT spinout Form Energy could usher in a “sort of tipping point for green energy: reliable power from renewable sources at less than $20 per kilowatt hour,” says Washington Post columnist David Von Drehle.
Are electric cars ‘green’? The answer is yes, but it’s complicated
CNBC · July 26, 2021
Sergey Paltsev (MITEI, MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change) discusses the total lifetime emissions associated with electric vehicles and how infrastructure must change to make them an even more environmentally friendly option.
Startup claims breakthrough in long-duration batteries
The Wall Street Journal · July 22, 2021
Form Energy, an MIT spinout co-founded by Yet-Ming Chiang (Materials Science and Engineering), has developed a low-cost, iron-air battery that can discharge power for days and could have big ramifications for storing electricity on the power grid.
Climate change goals and oil production are clashing in the U.S.
National Geographic · July 19, 2021
Sergey Paltsev, deputy director of the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, emphasizes the importance of reaching net-zero emissions as fast as possible. “By pushing natural gas—which is indeed cleaner than coal, but it’s still a fossil fuel that releases a lot of CO2 and more importantly, a lot of methane—we are actually hurting renewables,” says Paltsev.
U.S. Department of Energy targets vastly cheaper batteries to clean up the grid
The New York Times · July 14, 2021
The U.S. Department of Energy has announced a new goal to reduce the cost of grid-scale, long-duration energy storage by 90 percent by 2030. MITEI’s Nestor Sepulveda SM ’16 PhD ’20 says, “One big obstacle right now is that there’s no policy requirements for utilities to build long-duration storage.”
Meet the world’s most influential women engineers
Forbes · July 3, 2021
Forbes has released a list of the 100 most influential female engineers across the globe. Four of the top 10 are MIT faculty members, including Barbara Liskov, the Ford Professor of Engineering, Dava Newman, the Apollo Professor of Aeronautics, and MITEI affiliates Daniela Rus, the director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and Dina Katabi, the Andre and Erna Viterbi Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.