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MIT, Conservation International announce collaboration on climate adaptation and mitigation

MIT News

Collaboration will explore ways of working with natural systems to address climate change.


Researchers devise efficient power converter for internet of things

MIT News

Design reduces converter’s resting power consumption by 50 percent.


Modeling the unequal benefits of U.S. environmental policy

MIT News

New toolset evaluates economic impacts of ozone reduction policies for nine income groups.


3 Questions: Apurba Sakti on improving energy storage modeling


Research conducted by Sakti and his fellow team members aims to more accurately determine the value of battery technology for power grid applications

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Eight MIT faculty elected to the National Academy of Engineering

MIT News

New members have made advances in artificial skin, wireless communications, nanotechnology, hydrology, and cancer treatment.

Solar panels get a face-lift with custom designs

MIT News

Startup aims for wider U.S. solar adoption with photovoltaic panels that can display any image.

Chemical engineers boost bacteria’s productivity

MIT News

New technique improves yield of useful chemicals.

Toward all-solid lithium batteries

MIT News

Researchers investigate mechanics of lithium sulfides, which show promise as solid electrolytes.

Brandon Sorbom: Designing a fusion future

MIT News

PhD candidate explores a faster, high-magnetic-field pathway to fusion energy.

Smart city fixtures

MIT News

Startup brings solar-powered, phone-charging park benches and digital signs to cities worldwide.

In the Media

A world turned upside down

The Economist

The Economist interviews MITEI director of research Frank O'Sullivan on renewables' disruption of traditional utilities and the future of the electric grid.

How Massachusetts’ cost of living compares with national averages

Boston Magazine

Spencer Buell, writing for Boston Magazine, interview's MITEI's research director Frank O'Sullivan about the cost of electricity and gasoline in Massachusetts relative to the United States as a whole. 

OBQ: Do electric cars really harm the environment less than gasoline-powered cars?

New Atlas 

Michael Franco, writing for New Atlas, interviews MIT professor John B. Heywood about the environmental benefits and uncertainties of electric vehicles relative to their traditional gasoline-powered counterparts. 

Upcoming Events

Behavioral Science and Nudges: Environmental Protection and Sustainability

February 27,  2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

The MIT Center for International Studies will host Cass Sunstein, an American legal scholar and the administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs from 2009 to 2012, to give the talk "Behavioral Science and Nudges: Environmental Protection and Sustainability." Introduction by Rebecca Saxe, MIT Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences.

MIT Energy Career Fair 

March 2, 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

The MIT Energy Career Fair provides an intimate environment for top caliber students with a passion for energy and companies to connect. Evolved from the Energy EXPO, which in previous years connected PhD candidates, MBA students, and undergraduates from all majors with over 20 companies, this year’s Career Fair meets the demand for hundreds of students at MIT. This year, the Fair features a diverse range of industries: clean tech, oil and gas, energy storage and management, energy consulting, etc. The event is open to all MIT and Harvard students. Employers and students, learn more and RSVP.

MIT Energy Conference 

March 3-4

As the largest student-led energy conference in the US, the MIT Energy Conference has become a premier event to connect professionals, policymakers, academics, and students in the energy industry. In its 12th year, the MIT Energy Conference explores changes in production and conversion, transmission and storage, and consumption with a focus on enabling the next energy paradigm. The conference brings together leaders and visionaries from industry, government, the scientific community, and the private sector. 2017 keynote speakers include Dharmendra Pradhan, Indian Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas; Ralph Izzo, CEO of PSEG; and Maria Zuber, MIT VP for Research. Learn more and RSVP. 

The impact of decarbonization policies on electric system operating characteristics

March 15, 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Institute Professor emeritus John Deutch '61, PhD '66 will discuss the decarbonization of the electric system. More information to follow. Learn more and RSVP.

Energy Education Events

Energy Undergraduate Research Opportunities (UROP) Information Session

February 28, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

MIT students only. What is an Energy UROP and how can it transform your education? Join us February 28th to learn about the hands-on research opportunities and one-on-one mentoring with MIT faculty that will help you transform our global energy systems with low-carbon technologies and make you a part of MIT's vibrant energy community. Learn more and RSVP.

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