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Going Off Grid: Tata Researchers Tackle Rural Electrification

Figure 1: This map shows the results of using the Reference Electrification Model (REM) — a computer program designed at MIT with collaboration from IIT-Comillas University — to determine a minimum-cost electrification solution for each of the...

Posted February 5, 2016    

Sensible Subsidies

Governments usually provide subsidies based on overall adoption targets, such as the number of cars or solar panels they would like to see purchased over a period of time. But green technologies are often new products, and no one really knows how...

Posted February 4, 2016    

Preparing for Large-Scale Solar Deployment

Ignacio Pérez-Arriaga of the MIT Sloan School of Management and the Institute for Research and Technology at Comillas University in Spain and a team of Comillas and MIT researchers are examining how the large-scale adoption of solar power may affect...

Posted December 31, 2015    

Solar Energy from Discarded Car Batteries

Angela Belcher (pictured), MIT professor of biological engineering and materials science and engineering; Paula Hammond, professor and head of the MIT Department of Chemical Engineering; Po-Yen Chen PhD ’15 (now at Brown University); and others have...

Posted December 23, 2015    

History in the Making: The Outcome of the Paris Climate Change Negotiations

Moderator Susan Solomon and panelists Noelle Selin, Jessika Trancik, and Henry Jacoby explored the implications of the global climate agreement in Paris. Photo: Dimonika BrayPanel of MIT experts explores the promise and perils of a global agreement....

Posted December 21, 2015    

Climate Policy in Developing Countries: Does One Size Fit All?

To produce their findings, MIT Joint Program researchers used a model that accounts for Brazil’s policy to reduce deforestation. Shown here is the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso, where massive deforestation has taken place. Image: Jeff Schmaltz/...

Posted December 11, 2015    

Will the Paris Climate Summit Lead to a Cooler Planet?

Michael Grubb (left), Valerie Karplus (center), and Henry D. Jacoby field questions from a packed audience at the MIT Tang Center. Photo: Dimonika Bray/Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global ChangeLeading climate economists discuss...

Posted November 25, 2015    

Jacopo Buongiorno: Bringing Outside Knowledge to the Nuclear Industry

Jacopo Buongiorno, professor and associate head of the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering and director of the Center for Advanced Nuclear Energy Systems. Photo: Susan YoungJacopo Buongiorno: Bringing outside knowledge to the nuclear...

Posted November 20, 2015    

Desalination Gets a Graphene Boost

Jeffrey Grossman applies new materials research to making desalination cheaper and more efficient.Eric Brown | MIT Industrial Liaison ProgramWith the intensifying drought in California, the state has accelerated the construction of desalination...

Posted November 13, 2015    

Harvesting More Energy from Photons

Illustration: Christine Daniloff/MITQuantum process increases the number of electrons produced when light strikes a metal-dielectric interface.David L. Chandler | MIT News OfficeResearchers at MIT and elsewhere have found a way to significantly...

Posted November 11, 2015    

Aditi Verma: A Multidisciplinary Take on Nuclear Policy

“I like the idea of being driven by questions, and with no disciplinary boundaries, finding the right tools and people to explore those questions,” says Aditi Verma, MIT graduate student in nuclear science and engineering. Photo: Susan YoungPhD...

Posted November 5, 2015    

MIT Announces Five-Year Plan for Action on Climate Change

Hundreds of millions sought for low-carbon research; advocacy for carbon pricing; a call to the alumni and beyond.News OfficeMIT is launching a multifaceted five-year plan aimed at fighting climate change, representing a new phase in the Institute’s...

Posted November 3, 2015