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April 2015

Balancing Costs and Competition

via the New York Times

MITEI Director of Research and Analysis Francis O'Sullivan speaks to the New York Times about how renewables stack up against fossil fuels.

Nominations Open for Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Awards

Joint MITEI-DOE awards program recognizes outstanding mid-career women for leadership in clean energy.


Celebrating Earth Day with an Eye Towards the Future

MIT energy students share their thoughts about Earth Day.



Coming Up: Future of Solar Energy Study Release in D.C.

Join MITEI via live webcast on May 5th as we release an in-depth study on the future of solar energy. 

CERA Week: MIT Professors Talk Technology

via Fuel Fix

MIT professors unveil breakthroughs in energy research at IHS CERA Week 2015.

Oil, Gas, Power, Prices: Big Themes from Energy Meeting

via the New York Times

A briefing on the major topics discussed at IHS CERA Week 2015 in Houston.


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Disruptive Innovation: 3 Ways Technology is Changing How You Will Use Energy

via the Motley Fool

MIT's Hatton Group releases data on how technology could revolutionize driving.

Somerville's Grove Lab Wants to Revolutionize Fresh Food

via the Boston Globe

The startup lets you grow produce year-round, right from the comfort of your own home. 

This tiny trackpad fits on a fingernail

via Smithsonian Magazine

MIT researchers have designed a trackpad that fits on your thumbnail and can be customized with nail stickers. 


This Refrigerator Runs on Water and Sunlight

via CNN Money

MIT student Quang Truong seeks to improve the lives of billions by keeping food in developing countries from spoiling.

Of Course Two MIT Alums Got the Ball Rolling on the Iran Nuclear Deal

via PRI

MIT alumni Moniz and Salehi played a critical role in negotiations.

MIT and Kuwait University Researchers Awarded $5.5 Million for Work on Next-Generation Desalination Systems

Funding sponsored through the Kuwait-MIT Center for Natural Resources and the Environment.

The $5 Billion Race to Build a Better Battery

via Bloomberg

Young companies staked by big backers are challenging fossil fuels with new ways to hold sun and wind power in the $50 billion energy storage market. 

MIT Scaling Development Ventures: Bridging Innovation and Impact

Ann Mei Chang of the U.S. Global Development Lab and Kevin Starr of the Mulago Foundation delivered keynote addresses. 

MIT Solar Flair Will Provide Impetus to Rural Karnataka

via the Bangalore Mirror

MIT has roped in city-based Selco Foundation to run a pilot project to ultimately benefit Karnataka. 


New Energy Shopping Website For MA, NH, ME

via Energy Manager Today

MIT graduates have created a new website called to help customers identify energy plans in their region. 

New MIT Report Details Benefits of Investment in Basic Research

Authors highlight fifteen research opportunities that could help boost the U.S. economy and benefit society.


Emotionally Inspired Engineering

Fueled by her roots in China, senior Emma Nelson tackles environmental issues with engineering.


Fostering U.S.-Russia Energy Innovation

Skoltech Center for Electrochemical Energy Storage brings together researchers from MIT and two Russian institutes to develop advanced batteries and fuel cells.

3 Questions: Amanda Giang on Controlling Mercury Pollution in India and China

MIT graduate student studies how a new U.N. treaty could affect mercury emissions from coal power plants in Asia. 

MIT Clean Earth Hackathon Breaks Convention to Foster Innovative Ideas for Industry

Winning teams combined talents to solve real sustainability challenges.
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