Inside the hunt for clean energy’s newest frontier
MITEI Principal Research Scientist Emre Gençer states that massive infrastructure investments may be needed to address the "mismatch" between where natural hydrogen exists and where it could be used.
Can we count on renewable energy? Four ways wind, solar and water can power the U.S.
Robert C. Armstrong (MITEI) and Andy Sun (MIT Sloan) contribute to the discussion of intermittent renewable energy sources and energy storage, referencing MITEI's The Future of Energy Storage report.
How to boost EV sales? Pay drivers to turn in old polluting cars.
Jessika Trancik (Institute for Data, Systems, and Society) discusses incentives for electrifying the current fleet of vehicles in the United States. “Funding programs that would help turn over the fleet more rapidly makes a lot of sense," she says.
MIT physicists make first ‘zombie’ electron crystal for superconductor
MIT researchers—including Joseph Checkelsky (Physics)— figured out how to trap electrons in 3D crystals, which could help "develop technology like superconductors, supercomputing quantum bits, and ultraefficient power lines."
The best inventions of 2023
Several MIT spinouts and projects—including a solar-powered desalination system and Form Energy’s iron-air battery—were listed in Time Magazine’s 2023 list of best inventions.
U.S. hands out $7 billion for hydrogen hubs
President Biden has announced funding for seven regional hubs to produce hydrogen as a part of the bipartisan infrastructure law. MITEI Principal Research Scientist Emre Gençer discusses the potential impact on hydrogen pricing and demand.
How China became the king of new nuclear power, and how the U.S. is trying to stage a comeback
Jacopo Buongiorno (Nuclear Science and Engineering) discusses the future of nuclear energy in the United States, stating that the U.S. may catch up to China if the new technologies being developed here are technically and commercially successful.
Old west Virginia steel mill becomes a green-energy powerhouse
MIT startup Form Energy—co-founded by Yet-Ming Chiang (Materials Science and Engineering)—was created with the goal to “develop batteries that were cheap, didn’t catch fire, didn’t need scarce and costly metals like cobalt and lithium, and could produce electricity for a long time.”
MIT researcher Jessika Trancik says we need to lower the ‘soft’ costs of climate tech
Jessika Trancik (Institute for Data, Systems, and Society) discusses her new study that finds improvements in soft tech can accelerate the reduction in solar energy costs.
How to make sure federal climate money helps everyone
J. Phillip Thompson (Urban Studies and Planning) co-taught a class at MIT that allowed students the opportunity to work with local officials on identifying federal funds for climate change mitigation and deciding how to use them. "Because if we don't, wealthy communities will go green, and low-income communities will stay brown."
How do we power the developing world
Three quarters of the world's population do not have access to affordable, reliable energy. MITEI Interim Director Robert Stoner discusses how to power the developing world: "We need to focus on access."
A citizen’s guide to fighting disinformation & MIT’s Energy Initiative
Interim Director Robert Stoner speaks with Boston Public Radio hosts Jared Bowen and Andrea Cabral about the MIT Energy Initiative and no- and low-carbon solutions that could mitigate climate change.
Climate mitigation patent program boosts green tech financing
MITEI Interim Director Robert Stoner discusses the potential impact of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s new pilot program, which seeks to motivate inventors to patent climate technology by expediting the application process and boosting patenting incentives.
The EPA’s ambitious plan to cut auto emissions to slow climate change runs into skepticism
Jessika Trancik (Institute for Data, Systems, and Society) weighs in on the feasibility of the EPA's recent auto emissions reduction plan. She states that EVs are cleaner over the course of their life than traditional vehicles—even when accounting for mining practices associated with batteries—and their exponential growth in popularity could exceed EPA predictions.
Climate 2023: The critical importance of electrification
MITEI Interim Director Robert Stoner discusses the importance of electrification in meeting decarbonization goals: "We are going to have to continue to build and diversify our electricity resources."
MIT Professor explains nuclear fusion in 5 levels of difficulty
Anne White (Nuclear Science and Engineering) explains the nature of nuclear fusion—a limitless, carbon-free energy—to five different people: a child, a teen, a college student, a graduate student, and an expert.
Jewelry industry urged to see the light on sustainability
Yang Shao-Horn (Mechanical Engineering) spoke at the State of the Art Jewelry Summit to discuss the industry’s impact on carbon emissions and sustainability, suggesting the problem be addressed with a carbon tax and cleaner mining practices.
MIT climate scientist urges action after hottest days on record
Sergey Paltsev (MITEI) discussed Earth’s recent hottest day on record, emphasizing the pressing need for policy makers and the public to take action.
Cement emits as much CO2 as India. Why is it so hard to fix?
Randolph Kirchain (Materials Research Laboratory) discusses how the construction industry—one of the most carbon-polluting globally due to the impact of cement—can cut emissions significantly while also ensuring safety.
Meet the 33-year-old Canadian chemist and the renowned MIT professor who are building the ‘electric vehicle of cement making’
The process of making cement is very carbon-intensive, generating about 8% of global carbon dioxide emissions. By using heat powered by electrochemistry instead of fossil fuels, Yet-Ming Chiang (Department of Materials Science and Engineering) and Leah Ellis are cleaning up this process through their company, Sublime Systems.