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John Kerry: Climate drive an urgent “race against time” 

MIT News

At MIT, U.S. Secretary of State highlights peril of climate change, economic promise of clean energy.


U.S. Department of Energy announces MIT Energy Initiative among members of new Manufacturing USA Institute


MITEI faculty affiliates to contribute clean energy expertise to national public-private coalition that will address manufacturing challenges in energy-intensive processing industries.

MIT and Eni extend energy collaboration


In Rome, MIT President Reif and Eni CEO Descalzi discuss low-carbon breakthroughs and future research.


More MIT Energy News

Mapping out a low-carbon future

MIT News

Energy scenarios provide useful decision-support tools for policymakers and investors.

Kripa Varanasi: Innovating at interfaces

MIT News

MIT engineer’s research on surfaces is improving everything from power plants to ketchup bottles.

A step toward renewable diesel

MIT News

Chemical engineers program yeast to convert plant sugars into oils.

Campus greenhouse gas emissions down 7 percent since 2014

 MIT News

MIT releases results of its second campus-wide inventory.

Startup offers “online booking” for industrial water

MIT News

MIT alum’s website helps companies find, ship, and recycle water, reducing environmental impact.

Study: Some catalysts contribute their own oxygen for reactions

MIT News

Finding may help researchers fine-tune metal-oxide catalysts to enhance energy storage technology.

In the Media

Laws must not block progress

Corriere Della Sera

MIT President Reif spoke with Alessia Rastelli of Corriere della Sera about MIT’s Climate Action Plan, the Campaign for a Better World and bringing world-changing ideas to the marketplace.

Scientists revisit an old way to use fossil fuels without making CO2


Researcher Eric McFarland gives MITEI talk on how to extract energy from fossil fuels without producing carbon dioxide.

There's a revolution happening in electricity. Utilities need to keep up.


Vox reporter David Roberts interviews PhD candidate Jesse Jenkins and MITEI Director Robert Armstrong on the changes taking place in today's electricity system and the solutions offered in the Utility of the Future report. 

Upcoming Events

Electric power grid reliability in a new era of energy development 

February 7, 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Greg Reed of the University of Pittsburgh will give a talk on electric power grid reliability. Introduction by Francis O’Sullivan, MITEI director of research. Learn more and RSVP.

A great solar cell has to be a great LED: So what’s wrong with subsidized solar panels?

February 8, 5:00 - 6:30 pm

Eli Yablonovitch, Professor of Physics at UC Berkeley, will give a talk on the challenges with subsidized silicon solar panels and the benefits of regarding solar cells as LEDs. Introduction by Professor Marin Soljacic. Learn more and RSVP. 

Mexico’s energy reform: Foundation, implementation, and challenges ahead

February 14, 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Lourdes Melgar SM ’88 PhD ’92, the Robert Wilhelm Fellow at the MIT Center of International Studies, will give a talk on Mexico's energy reform. Introduction by Robert Stoner, Tata Center director and MITEI deputy director. Learn more and RSVP. 

Financing the Energy System of Tomorrow: Panel Discussion and Networking Event

February 15, 4:00 - 9:00pm

Siemens is partnering with the MIT Energy Initiative for a special event including an overview of MITEI's recently released report, Utility of the Future. This comprehensive report addresses the technology, policy, and business models shaping the evolution of the delivery of electricity services. Following this presentation from MIT, join industry experts and thought leaders as Siemens Financial Services hosts a panel discussion on how flexible financing options will support the transformation of the power sector. 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 and Ralph Izzo, CEO of PSEG. Learn more and RSVP. 

Energy Education Events

Energy Studies Minor Open House

February 16, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

MIT students only. Are you interested in the Energy Studies Minor? Would you like to meet staff, faculty and students who share your interests in energy? Join us February 16th, 2017 in the Energy Commons (10-063). Learn more about the minor, ask questions, bring your transcript. Light lunch will be provided. Learn more and RSVP.

Career Insights: Saudi Aramco

February 17, 12:00 - 1:00 pm

MIT students only. Please join Aramco’s Advanced Materials Team located within the Aramco Research Center—Boston to learn about the group’s work supporting downstream research challenges. Our chemists and engineers will share experiences and discuss opportunities. A presentation by Michele Ostraat, who leads the Advanced Materials Team, will offer an overview of activities and a Q&A session will provide a chance to talk with other center researchers. Lunch will be hosted by Aramco. Learn more and RSVP.

Career Insights: EnergySage with Sara Matasci

February 23, 5:00 - 6:00 pm 

MIT students only. Join Sara Matasci, Content & Research Manager of EnergySage for a discussion with students about the U.S. solar industry and where EnergySage fits into the market. She will share insights about the market from key EnergySage reports, discuss solar policies & regulations (state & national), and provide some technical information about EnergySage product(s), as well as career insights and opportunities at her company. Learn more and RSVP.

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 talk about the application process and benefits of doing an Energy UROP for Summer 2017. Learn more and RSVP.

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