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Sequestration on Shaky Ground

Christine Daniloff/MITStudy finds a natural impediment to the long-term sequestration of carbon dioxide.Jennifer Chu | MIT News OfficeCarbon sequestration promises to address greenhouse-gas emissions by capturing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere...

Posted January 22, 2015    

Where Does Bioenergy Fit into a Low-Carbon Future?

Miscanthus, a biofuel feedstock cropStudy evaluates the impacts of a large-scale bioenergy ramp-up.Audrey Resutek | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change Biofuels like ethanol and other forms of bioenergy are often seen as a...

Posted January 20, 2015    

Tonio Buonassisi Seeks to Make Solar Cells Competitive

Tonio Buonassisi, Photo: M. Scott BrauerMechanical engineering professor pursues a vision of a cleaner, more energy-efficient world.David L. Chandler | MIT News Office One day in the 1990s, as he was riding home from high school in São Paulo, Tonio...

Posted January 15, 2015    

Drive-By Heat Mapping

A heat map of a home captured by one of Essess' thermal-imaging cars. Courtesy of EssessStartup’s thermal-imaging cars can quickly track energy leaks in thousands of homes and buildings. Rob Matheson | MIT News Office In 2007, Google unleashed a...

Posted January 9, 2015    

Catalyzing Greener Products

Yuriy Román, Photo: Len RubensteinYuriy Román knew that to change the future of catalysis he’d have to cross the boundary between chemical engineering and materials science. Eric Smalley | MIT Spectrum As a boy growing up in Mexico City, Yuriy Román...

Posted December 3, 2014    

Q&A: Christopher Knittel on the EPA's Greenhouse Gas Plan

Christopher Knittel, Photo: M. Scott BrauerIn Science, economists evaluate government’s proposed emissions policy for power plants. Peter Dizikes | MIT News Office With cap-and-trade legislation on greenhouse-gas emissions having stalled in Congress...

Posted November 18, 2014    

Shedding Light on the Future of Photovoltaics

Photo: iStockMIT study finds unprecedented production of metals needed to meet some solar energy goals.Francesca McCaffrey | MIT Energy Initiative Several government agencies, academic researchers, and firms have proposed scenarios for the future in...

Posted November 13, 2014    

Wind Energy Reaches Greater Heights

Model of a turbine constructed with Keystone Tower System's spiral tapered welding process. Courtesy of Keystone Tower SystemsStartup’s on-site fabrication process makes taller wind turbines more feasible. Rob Matheson | MIT News Office Wind...

Posted November 7, 2014    

Beating Battery Drain

Eta Devices' chip (depicted here) can essentially “switch gears” to adjust voltage supply to power amplifiers in smartphones as needed, cutting power loss to improve battery life. Courtesy of Eta Devices.Startup’s power-conserving chip may increase...

Posted November 1, 2014    

A World of Wireless Energy

WiTricity CTO Morris Kesler, Photo: David SellaWiTricity brings wireless power to electrical cars, consumer electronics, and other applications that currently require clumsy cables or chargers.Eric Bender | MIT Industrial Liaison Program If you buy...

Posted October 30, 2014    

Getting the Salt Out

Water produced from an operating oil or gas well, usually very salty after contacting underground rocks, can be cleaned of its salts and other contaminants using electrodialysis, and then reused to reduce the amount of freshwater needed. This...

Posted October 23, 2014    

Former Indian Minister for Rural Development Discusses India's 'Growth Imperative' and Energy Future

Former Indian Minister for Rural Development Jairam Ramesh speaks at the MITEI Energy Colloquium on Oct. 6th at MIT. Photo: Caitlin CunninghamMITEI Energy Colloquium features Jairam Ramesh, a visiting fellow at Harvard Kennedy School. Francesca...

Posted October 17, 2014