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Great Progress on Smart Grid and Smart City Predictions for 2020

December 9, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

How much can actually change in a year? When it comes to Smart Grid and Smart City topics, the answer is quite simply that quite a lot can change. Here’s a progress report on my ten predictions about Smart Grid and Smart Cities activity by 2020.[read more]

A World of Wireless Energy

October 30, 2014 by Energy @ MIT
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Wireless Energy Innovation

If you buy a 2016 Toyota Prius, you won’t need to worry about keeping your hybrid car charged — just get the option for wireless power transfer that lets you drive into your garage and have your battery automatically topped up from a pad on the floor.[read more]

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Will 2016 Be the Turning Point for Batteries in NYC?

October 21, 2014 by Matthew Windt
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With the potential closure of the Indian Point nuclear facility looming, Consolidated Edison (ConEd) in collaboration with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) put forth a plan to reduce peak loads for the New York city area.[read more]

Data Avalanche and the 'Great Crew Change' in the Oil and Gas Industry

September 11, 2014 by Roman Kilisek

Data Avalanche

The rapid progress of technology such as big data and analytics, sensors, and control systems offers oil and gas companies the chance to automate high-cost, dangerous, or error-prone tasks, thereby allowing them to position themselves to significantly improve their bottom lines.[read more]

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Industrial CHP

September 7, 2014 by Matt Stanberry
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Industrial CHP

 

Industrial Combined Heat and Power (CHP, also called cogeneration) uses a single fuel, often natural gas, to co-produce electricity and heat for use in industrial operations, usually on-site. Industrial CHP accounts for more than 75 GW out of the approximately 82 GW of installed CHP in the United States.[read more]

Re-Inventing the Grid

September 5, 2014 by Energy @ MIT
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Grid Innovation

The challenge of selling any new idea is that it has to compete with every other new idea. The process is more difficult when the idea’s technology hasn’t existed and addresses an issue that some industries don’t see as a problem. Such is the reality of Ambri.[read more]

Can Energy Companies Legally Use Drones?

August 27, 2014 by Kate Rosow Chrisman
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Dones and Energy Companies

Over the past few years, drones have undergone a radical transformation. Once the purview of the military and hobbyists, drones have become big business, with companies as diverse as humanitarian groups to big oil trying to cash in on the promised efficiency. For the energy industry, the uses are well documented.[read more]

Developing New Light and Energy Technologies

August 21, 2014 by Energy @ MIT
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New Light and Energy Tech

Silvija Gradečak has big intentions for small ingredients. The associate professor of materials science and engineering focuses on energy-conversion and light-harvesting through the use of nanomaterials. It’s at these microscopic scales that she can customize components, meld parts, and create new materials.[read more]

Running on Waste Heat

August 9, 2014 by Energy @ MIT
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Waste Heat and Power

It’s estimated that more than half of U.S. energy — from vehicles and heavy equipment, for instance — is wasted as heat. Mostly, this waste heat simply escapes into the air. But that’s beginning to change, thanks to thermoelectric innovators such as MIT’s Gang Chen.[read more]

Siva Power's Thin Film Cost Target of 28 Cents per Watt Is Very Ambitious. But Not Impossible

July 13, 2014 by Stephen Lacey
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Siva Power and Cost Targets

Siva Power, the CIGS thin film company that re-emerged last year with a new team and approach to the market, is out with an ambitious cost roadmap for its modules. Before getting into the details of Siva's plan, it's worth remembering one important number related to CIGS thin film: twenty.[read more]

Making a Wire-Free Future

July 11, 2014 by Energy @ MIT
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Wireless Energy Future

More than a century ago, engineer and inventor Nikola Tesla proposed a global system of wireless transmission of electricity — or wireless power. But one key obstacle to realizing this ambitious vision has always been the inefficiency of transferring power over long distances.[read more]

Novel Bromine Battery: Small-Scale Demo, Large-Scale Promise

July 2, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

Battery and Storage Innovation

The availability of low-cost, high-capacity energy storage technology could profoundly change today’s energy landscape. The ability to store electricity when supplies are abundant and deliver it later when they’re not would permit widespread use of intermittent sources such as solar and wind.[read more]

Energy Storage Opportunities are Everywhere

June 26, 2014 by Michael Weinhold
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“I like to think of storage in the absolute widest sense of the word. It’s not only about storing electricity for later use. It’s also about crossing over into other infrastructures like mobility. For example, we see it now in electic and hybrid cars that carry batteries."[read more]

Can Green Gas Solve Renewable Energy's Intermittency Challenge?

June 16, 2014 by Silvio Marcacci
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Green Gas and Intermittency

Albert van der Molen recently faced a quandary. As Innovation Leader for Stedin, the third-largest grid operator in the Netherlands, his job includes improving electricity and natural gas delivery while expanding the utility’s use of renewable energy.[read more]

Improving a New Breed of Solar Cells

May 29, 2014 by Energy @ MIT

New Solar Cells

Solar-cell tech has advanced rapidly, as hundreds of groups around the world pursue more than two dozen approaches using different materials, technologies, and approaches to improve efficiency and reduce costs. Now a team at MIT has set a new record for the most efficient quantum-dot cells.[read more]