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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    

New Approach to Boosting Biofuel Production

Oval Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast cells magnified by 400 times. Image: A. Doubt/Wikimedia CommonsDifferent environment helps yeast tolerate high levels of ethanol, making them more productive.Anne Trafton | MIT News OfficeYeast is commonly used to...

Posted October 10, 2014    

Crumpled Graphene Could Provide an Unconventional Energy Storage

To form the crumpled graphene, a sheet of polymer material is stretched in both dimensions, then graphene paper is bonded to it. When the polymer is released in one direction, the graphene forms pleats, as shown in the bottom left image, taken with...

Posted October 8, 2014    

George Shultz: "Climate is Changing," and We Need More Action

 Former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz PhD '49 addresses an MIT audience about climate change, September 30, 2014. Photo: Justin KnightFormer secretary of state — and former MIT professor — urges progress on multiple fronts.Peter Dizikes...

Posted October 5, 2014    

How to Make a 'Perfect' Solar Absorber

This rendering shows the metallic dielectric photonic crystal that stores solar energy as heat. Jeffrey ChouNew system aims to harness the full spectrum of available solar radiation.David L. Chandler | MIT News Office The key to creating a material...

Posted October 1, 2014    

New Formulation Leads to Improved Liquid Battery

A physical model of the liquid metal battery at room temperature, in a glass container. The bottom layer is the positive electrode. In the real battery this is an alloy of antimony and lead, represented here by mercury. The middle layer is the...

Posted September 26, 2014    

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