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The Future of Energy Storage

Fikile Brushett (pictured here) is applying fundamental electrochemistry to boost the performance and durability of future energy storage systems. Photo: Len RubensteinDeborah Halber | MIT Spectrum MIT professor Fikile Brushett is in the process of...

Posted September 17, 2014    

Re-Inventing the Grid

Ambri co-founders David Bradwell and Donald Sadoway. Photo: David SellaCambridge-based MIT startup Ambri is building a novel liquid metal battery for grid-level storage to revolutionize energy in the 21st century.Steve Calechman | MIT Industrial...

Posted September 5, 2014    

Materials Innovation: Designing Better Surfaces for Energy

Bilge Yildiz, Photo: David SellaBilge Yildiz explores the dynamics of surfaces to design more resilient materials for applications in high-intensity environments.Steve Calechman | MIT Industrial Liaison Program Solid core material is almost a...

Posted August 29, 2014    

Developing New Light and Energy Technologies

Silvija Gradečak. Photo: David SellaSilvija Gradečak customizes nanoscale systems for large-scale impact in light and energy.Steve Calechman | MIT Industrial Liaison Program Silvija Gradečak has big intentions for small ingredients.The...

Posted August 21, 2014    

Recycling Old Batteries into Solar Cells

Illustration: Christine Daniloff/MITProposal could divert a dangerous waste stream while producing low-cost photovoltaics.David L. Chandler | MIT News Office This could be a classic win-win solution: A system proposed by researchers at MIT recycles...

Posted August 19, 2014    

Running on Waste Heat

This image shows the inside of GMZ Energy's TEG module. When waste heat enters the top of the module, and moves through the semiconductor material (shown here as P and N) to the cooler side, the resulting temperature difference creates a voltage...

Posted August 9, 2014    

Regulations Only a First Step in Cutting Emissions

Coal power plant in Datteln, Germany. Photo courtesy of Arnold PaulMIT study finds that sectoral regulations will not cut emissions enough to substantially limit climate change, but are a good step toward phasing in a price on carbon. Audrey Resutek...

Posted July 30, 2014    

Steam from the Sun

On the left, a representative structure for localization of heat; the cross section of structure and temperature distribution. On the right, a picture of enhanced steam generation by the DLS structure under solar illumination. Courtesy of the...

Posted July 22, 2014    

Making a Wire-Free Future

This diagram shows how WiTricity Corp.'s highly resonant coupling works. When a highly resonant transmitting copper coil, connected to an AC power source (top, left), is tuned to the same frequency as a highly resonant receiving copper coil (bottom...

Posted July 11, 2014    

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

Left to right: William Braff PhD ’14, now of Exponent, Inc.; Martin Z. Bazant of chemical engineering and mathematics; and Cullen Buie of mechanical engineering are developing a low-cost, high-capacity, rechargeable battery that could one day enable...

Posted July 2, 2014    

Diagnosing 'Broken' Buildings to Make them Greener

(From left) Nicholas Gayeski, Sian Kleindienst, Stephen Samouhos, and John Anastasio, chief technology officer. Photo courtesy of KGS Buildings.Startup’s software detects inefficient equipment in facilities — saving energy, time, and money.Rob...

Posted June 24, 2014    

Seeing How a Lithium-Ion Battery Works

Diagram illustrates the process of charging or discharging the lithium iron phosphate (LFP) electrode. As lithium ions are removed during the charging process, it forms a lithium-depleted iron phosphate (FP) zone, but in between there is a solid...

Posted June 14, 2014