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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    

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