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Podcast: The Future of Nuclear Energy

Jacopo Buongiorno, John Parsons, and Karen Dawson of MIT discuss the new Future of Nuclear Energy in a Carbon-Constrained World study, released in September. They talk about nuclear energy’s potential in the future low-carbon energy landscape, and review strategies for navigating barriers in construction costs, government policy, and community outreach. They also touch upon new technologies and innovations that are poised to impact the nuclear energy field.


Student researchers lend their voices and ideas to Future of Nuclear study


Students played an integral part in MIT’s nuclear energy study, contributing their own research, analyses, and thoughts.

Climate change, “tough tech” startups, and the future of energy intelligence


MITEI Director Robert Armstrong discusses highlights from MITEI's Annual Research Conference, and visions for the future of energy innovations to meet global energy demand while addressing climate change.

3Q: Howard J. Herzog discusses the state of carbon capture


MITEI Senior Research Engineer Howard Herzog spoke about his new book, Carbon Capture, at a recent MITEI event, and in this interview, he discusses the current landscape of carbon capture research.

Translating research into impact

Tata Center for Technology and Design

The fourth annual Tata Center Symposium highlighted the need to invest in technologies for the developing world from a market-driven perspective.

MIT spinoff takes top honor at MassChallenge Awards

MIT News

Infinite Cooling, a startup from MITEI researcher Kripa Varanasi's research group, was a $100K Diamond Winner at the MassChallenge Awards.

The state of clean energy innovation in Boston


In an article for BostInno, reporter Lucia Maffei discusses the many clean energy opportunities in the Boston area, including the MIT Energy Initiative's programs and goals.

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NEWEnergy Talks: Carbon capture and storage


Howard Herzog, senior research engineer at the MIT Energy Initiative, discusses his new book Carbon Capture, a concise overview of carbon dioxide capture and storage.


CLASSICMaking good energy choices: the role of energy systems analysis


In this 2016 talk hosted by MITEI, Sally Benson of Stanford University provided examples of the important role energy systems analysis plays in informing good energy choices.


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Powering the Blue Economy: Turning the ocean from an electricity desert into a power oasis

Wednesday, November 7

Alejandro Moreno, director of the Water Power Technologies Office at the Department of Energy, will speak at MITEI in E19-319 on November 7, 12-1 p.m. 

Moreno will discuss diverse applications for marine energy, many of which fall within the Blue Economy, and how they could lead to new innovation to provide power at sea. The “Blue Economy” refers to the range of economic uses of ocean and coastal resources—such as energy, shipping, fisheries, aquaculture, and tourism. Marine energy is one growth sector within the Blue Economy that presents a significant economic, social, and environmental opportunity.

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The GenX model

An MIT model which assists in determining the best investment decisions for power generation assets. Researchers can assess potential generation mixes within a set of given constraints, such as cost and carbon emissions. The study authors involved with The Future of Nuclear Energy in a Carbon-Constrained World utilized this model to determine nuclear's role in the energy landscape.
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