How a World Expo helped power the planet
CNN · April 6, 2021
Robert Jaffe (Physics) and Joel Jean SM ’13 PhD ’17, co-founder and CEO of Swift Solar (a solar technology start-up), comment on the roles that World Expos have played in promoting energy technology development throughout history.
Negative emissions, positive economy
MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change · April 4, 2021
Bioenergy with carbon capture and storage, a negative emissions process that converts biomass into energy and captures and stores the carbon, could be an economically effective tool to meet global climate goals when paired with dramatic emissions-reduction measures, says a new study from MITEI and the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change.
Lithium battery costs have fallen by 98% in three decades
The Economist · March 31, 2021
The price of lithium-ion batteries has dropped significantly since 1991, according to a new analysis by Jessika Trancik (Institute for Data, Systems, and Society) and others. The analysis shows the drop parallels similar improvements in solar and wind energy technologies and that further steep declines could be possible.
'Big storage' is the next big technology in the climate fight
Bloomberg Green · March 30, 2021
Innovative, low-cost long duration energy storage technologies could make a large impact in a more affordable and reliable energy transition. A new paper in Nature Energy by researchers at MITEI and Princeton University’s Andlinger Center for Energy and Environment evaluates the role and value that these technologies could have in securing a carbon-free electric grid and find that they have the potential to lower electricity prices in a carbon-free system by up to 40%.
Why we aren’t at ‘peak car’ yet—and what can reverse the trend
MIT Sloan School of Management · March 22, 2021
In a recent MITEI podcast, Joanna Moody of MITEI's Mobility Systems Center and David Keith, a professor in the MIT Sloan System Dynamics Group, address three important questions about how to shift the U.S. away from private car ownership.
GM signs deal with MIT-spinout to reduce electric vehicle battery costs by 60%
CNBC · March 11, 2021
SolidEnergy Systems, a spinout of MIT, and General Motors will jointly develop next-generation electric vehicle batteries, featuring lithium metal instead of lithium-ion, that are expected to cut the cost of the technology by 60%.
Experts explain why green hydrogen costs have fallen and will keep falling
S&P Global Market Intelligence · March 5, 2021
MITEI Research Scientist Dharik Mallapragada discusses how decreased costs of wind and solar have paved the way towards falling costs in other low-carbon sectors as well. His comments are from a panel discussion at the 2021 CERAWeek conference.
MIT Spinoff To Build Commercial Fusion Energy Campus In Devens
WBUR · March 3, 2021
Commonwealth Fusion Systems announced that it will build a 47-acre research and manufacturing campus in Devens, Massachussetts, with the goal of bringing fusion power to market. The campus will house their experimental fusion device, SPARC, and the company expects to double its workforce. CFS is an MIT spinoff for which MITEI helped facilitate initial collaborations and funding through member company Eni S.p.A.
George Shultz — an environmentalist and technologist ahead of his time
The Boston Globe · February 23, 2021
Susan Hockfield, MIT President Emerita, and Ernest J. Moniz, 13th U.S. Secretary of Energy and founding director of MITEI, memorialize the late George Shultz, a leader of U.S. domestic and foreign policy, noted academic, and champion for climate action. Secretary Shultz served as the inaugural chair of MITEI’s External Advisory Board for over a decade and was a central figure in shaping MITEI and its initiatives.
Will safer batteries finally take over the home storage market?
Greentech Media · February 17, 2021
MITEI Research Scientist Apurba Sakti weighs in on the relatively low risks of lithium-ion batteries in an article about the potential use of lithium-iron-phosphate in home energy storage systems.
Electric vehicles are poised to aid Biden in climate fight
The Hill · February 17, 2021
Electric vehicles are a key mechanism to decrease transportation-based carbon emissions, yet their adoption has been remarkably slow in the U.S. Jessika Trancik (Institute for Data, Systems, and Society) comments on the need for more charging stations in strategic locations to increase the likelihood of adoption.
This 34-year-old’s start-up backed by Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos aims to make nearly unlimited clean energy
CNBC · February 12, 2021
Brandon Sorbom, co-founder and chief science officer of MIT spinout Commonwealth Fusion Systems, discusses his energy journey and the role of nuclear fusion in the clean energy transition.
Want More Electric Cars? First We Need More Places To Charge Them
WBUR · February 1, 2021
A study by Jessika Trancik (Institute for Data, Systems, and Society) and others measures which kinds of infrastructure improvements could lead to wider adoption of electric vehicles. One key finding is that installing charging stations on residential streets and along highways will greatly increase the potential for vehicle electrification.
In push for clean transportation, Mass. focuses on electric cars over public transit
The Boston Globe · January 31, 2021
MITEI's Randall Field and other transportation leaders discuss Massachusetts' proposed climate plan and the importance of comprehensive efforts including increasing the state's focus on public transit and facilitating a transition to electric vehicles.
Carbon capture technology has been around for decades—here’s why it hasn’t taken off
CNBC · January 31, 2021
MITEI's Howard Herzog comments on early research into carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) as a means of climate mitigation in an article on the current standing of CCS technology implementation.
Covid-19’s long-term impact on mobility
Brink · January 26, 2021
Co-director of MITEI’s Mobility Systems Center Jinhua Zhao (Urban Studies and Planning) discusses the immediate and latent effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on mobility globally.
What would nuclear batteries do for us?
Forbes · January 25, 2021
An opinion piece calling for the adoption of nuclear batteries cites MITEI’s 2018 study The Future of Nuclear Energy in a Carbon-Constrained World and the need for expanded nuclear energy capacity to address the challenges of climate change and poverty.
Meet the team shaking up climate models
Christian Science Monitor · January 22, 2021
The Climate Modeling Alliance, which includes a number of MIT researchers, is working on developing a new climate model that could be used to create more accurate climate predications useful at local or regional levels.
Electric cars are better for the planet—and often your budget, too
The New York Times · January 15, 2021
After calculating the total lifetime costs and carbon dioxide emissions of nearly every new car model on the market, Jessika Trancik and others from MIT’s Institute for Data, Systems, and Society found that in addition to being more environmentally friendly, electric cars are cheaper too.
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.