Using Microbes to Clean Up Oil Spills

October 22, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Microbes and the Environment

Catherine Drennan, a professor of chemistry and biology, likes to wax poetic about the complex chemistry of microbes. "I think they’re elegant and beautiful," she says. Of course, she also sees that they have plenty of useful practical applications.[read more]

Pilot Projects for Inspiring Utility Innovation

December 15, 2013 by Megan Nicholson

Utility Innovation

Last year the Governor of Maryland Martin O’Malley asked the Energy Future Coalition (EFC), a project of the UN Foundation, to design a multi-faceted and comprehensive pilot-project plan for the state’s utilities.[read more]

SmartLight Set To Change Way We Use Energy

November 16, 2013 by Joshua Hill

Innovation and Lighting

A new technology called SmartLight has been presented at Italy’s CasaClima international energy forum, a technology that uses sunlight, electrofluidic cells, and a series of open-air “ducts” to use sunlight to naturally illuminate spaces deep inside office buildings.[read more]

Carbon is the Problem: Is Graphene the Solution?

October 30, 2013 by Christine Hertzog

Carbon emissions cause climate change. Intelligent policy in the public and private sectors works to reduce CO2 emissions through actions as varied as the recent EPA decision on pollution from power plants to efficiency programs that reduce the need for electricity.[read more]

Energy Innovation in the States: From Energy Storage to Offshore Wind

October 28, 2013 by Lewis Milford

Some say that the US should focus on innovation to create new clean energy technologies, rather than relying entirely on existing technologies like solar PV and land-based wind. They are right. But such criticism overlooks the powerful clean energy innovation that is supported by states.[read more]

Jigar Shah, Climate Wealth, and the $10 Trillion Clean Economy

October 3, 2013 by Justin Guay

Jigar Shah and Solar Energy

If you don't know Jigar Shah you need to. He revolutionized the solar industry with the creation of Sun Edison and the solar-as-service business model. He's now at the forefront of efforts to expand clean energy business models to serve poor populations around the world.[read more]

Drayson Racing Hooks Up With Qualcomm For Wireless Charging

September 13, 2013 by Tina Casey

Wireless Charging

Motorsport has a long history as a testbed for cutting edge automotive technology and now that the racing industry is pivoting to electric vehicles, the results could be stunning. The newest development is the introduction of wireless charging technology.[read more]

GE Flow Battery Aims For 240 Mile EV Range And Beyond

August 30, 2013 by Tina Casey

GE Flow Battery

We were just fooling around with the notion that new fuel cell technology could shake up the electric vehicle market when GE creates an alternative: a flow battery combined with a fuel cell to push EV range up to the Department of Energy’s goal of 240 miles and more.[read more]


Energy Innovation Case Studies: How Top Gun Eased Wind, Solar Integration

August 26, 2013 by Jason Burwen

Top Gun Energy Innovation


The U.S. government invested heavily in jet engine development for decades. Today, the same turbine tech generates electricity and is increasingly in demand for integrating wind and solar. Read how long-ago public investments in gas turbine R&D continue to pay off.[read more]

How Low Can Solar Energy Go?: Empa's New Thin Film Breakthrough

August 17, 2013 by Tina Casey

Solar Energy Innovation

When the Carter Administration installed solar panels at the White House back in 1979, photovoltaic cells were space age technology that most households could not afford, aside from the rare DIY-er. Now the price of solar power has been sinking like a stone.[read more]

Electric Cars Are Cleaner Today and Will Only Get Cleaner Tomorrow

August 12, 2013 by Max Baumhefner

Cleaner Electric Cars

Uncovering a fraud is uniquely satisfying, which is perhaps why news outlets continue to provide electric car deniers with a platform to proclaim they aren’t as green as they appear. But close examination reveals the latest round of skeptics to be lacking in substance.[read more]

633 Energy Storage Projects Now Underway Worldwide

August 12, 2013 by Silvio Marcacci

Energy Storage Projects

633 advanced energy storage projects are currently in operation or under development worldwide. Government funding for energy storage tech is creating returns on investment around the world with industries taking shape in Europe, North America, and Asia.[read more]

Solar Energy Powered Wheelchair Wins Competition

June 21, 2013 by Antonio Pasolini

Solar Energy Wheelchair

A solar-powered prototype of a wheelchair with retractable solar panels was the winner of the Change My World in One Minute organized by the 2012 World Cerebral Palsy Day.[read more]

The Smart Grid’s Biggest Big Data Contender

June 4, 2013 by Jeff St. John

C3 Energy data integration

C3 Energy has quietly been building on an audacious promise: a big data integration and analytics engine, hosted in the cloud, that can aggregate and put to use information for big energy systems.[read more]

Better Place and the Price of Energy Innovation

June 3, 2013 by James Greenberger

Better Place Charging Station/Wikimedia Commons

Twenty years from now, when it is likely that electric drive will be a far more ubiquitous technology than it is today, we will look back on Better Place and other early failures as the natural price that had to be paid for innovation.[read more]