The MIT Energy Initiative Podcast

Conversations at MIT about the future of energy.

Episode #32
International Energy Agency

Fatih Birol, executive director of the International Energy Agency, on junior beginnings, energy priorities, and personal challenges.

Episode #31
Energy and filmmaking

Scott Tinker, director of the Bureau of Economic Geology and professor at University of Texas at Austin, and founder and chairman of the Switch Energy Alliance, on energy and filmmaking in the developing world.

Episode #30
Building technology

Jessica Granderson, staff scientist and deputy of research programs for the Building Technology and Urban Systems Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, on building analytics, energy efficiency, and the grid.

Episode #29
The science of solar

Frank van Mierlo, CEO of 1366 Technologies, on the science of solar, green hydrogen, and an unexpected skill resulting from an MIT education.

Episode #28
America’s largest municipal utility

Paula Gold-Williams, president and CEO of CPS Energy, on running the nation’s largest municipally owned gas and electric utility.

Episode #27
Climate tech startups

Shreya Dave, CEO of Via Separations, and Johanna Wolfson, principal at Prime Impact Fund, on their paths from studying at MIT to working for and investing in climate tech startups.

Episode #26
Renewable energy trends

Danielle Merfeld, chief technology officer for GE Renewable Energy and corporate officer of GE, on trends in renewable energy technology and clean energy journey.

Episode #25
MIT Clean Energy Prize winners

Nitricity and Harmony Desal on the startup technologies that won the 2020 MIT Clean Energy Prize, the largest and longest-running competition for student clean tech startups.

Episode #24
Corporate climate strategy

Mariko Meier, vice president of marketing at Enel X, on building a career in energy and recent trends in corporate climate strategy.

Episode #23
Energy entrepreneurship

Tod Hynes, senior lecturer in the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, talks success, spinouts, and advice from teaching Energy Ventures.

Episode #22
A decade in energy

How the energy market in the U.S. has changed over the past decade—and lessons related to the COVID-19 pandemic—with guests from the Business Council for Sustainable Energy and Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

Episode #21
Energy technology evolution

Gökşin Kavlak and Jessika Trancik on their work to explain and forecast energy technology evolution.

Episode #20
Inside the Department of Energy Labs

Brian Anderson, director of the National Energy Technology Laboratory, on what his lab is doing in carbon capture, materials, hydrogen, and more.

Episode #19
Energy economics and air pollution

John Reilly and Noelle Selin on energy economics and air pollution.

Episode #18
Mobility of the Future

Randall Field and Joanna Moody, MIT researchers, on how environmental policies, urban regulations, and consumer behaviors will affect the future of personal mobility.

Episode #17
The age of living machines

Susan Hockfield, professor of neuroscience and former president of MIT, on the convergence of biology and engineering, the role of universities in technology evolution, and becoming the first biologist to serve as president of MIT.

Episode #16
The economics of rooftop solar

Scott Burger, MITEI Energy Fellow and researcher, on rooftop solar economics, net metering, energy poverty, and electricity costs.

Episode #15
Cybersafety

Stuart Madnick and Shaharyar Khan on cybersafety in the energy sector, industrial vulnerabilities, and applications for blockchain.

Episode #14
Electricity markets

Paul Joskow and Richard Schmalensee on the history and future of electricity markets.

Episode #13
Artificial intelligence

Nicholas Roy and Josh Joseph from the MIT Quest for Intelligence on the future of AI and its potential impact on fields ranging from energy to healthcare.

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