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June 2015

What's Cost Got to Do with It? 

An assessment of Tesla's Powerwall.


MITEI Celebrates Graduating Energy Students

"We have a duty to use our knowledge to make this world a better place in the energy realm."

Bringing Microgrids to Rural Villages

MIT team, working with villagers in India, designs peer-to-peer system to enable local power sharing.

MIT Students Create a Brick That Could End Pollution from Dirty Brick Kilns

via Fast Company

We use a lot of bricks. Making them, though, is pretty bad. The Eco BLAC brick is made with waste ash and requires no firing at all. 

New Energy Futures

The latest Issue of Energy Futures is out! Read about energy-related research, education, campus activities, and outreach programs across the Institute.

Post-Retirement, Tata Is Working in His Happy Space


Ratan Tata's 'happy space' meetings fall into three categories - working with MIT students, entrepreneurs, and the Tata Trusts.


     In the News              Energy Innovators          Faculty Focus

Scientists Back Pope Francis on Global Warming

via The Wall Street Journal

Pontiff draws praise for adding moral and religious imperative to argument on dangers of climate change.

New Research Projects Could Revitalize Nuclear Power

via Climate Central

MIT atmospheric scientist Kerry Emanuel on what the DOE's new funding means for nuclear.

Designer Carbons Are Getting a Boost from Nanotechnology

via MIT Technology Review

Manufactured materials could lead to breakthroughs in batteries, supercapicitors, and eventually carbon-capture systems.

National Geographic Identifies Six from MIT Community as "Emerging Explorers"

Students, researchers, and alumni among 14 honored as "young trailblazers."

Elaine Kung '15 Awarded $5,000 by MIT Tau Beta Pi to Improve Design of Compost Toilets

Continuing work begun on a D-Lab trip, Kung aims to reduce the costs and labor required to produce compost toilets in El Salvador.

D-Lab Scale-Ups Awards $100,000 to Five Social Entrepreneurs

2015 fellows include MIT alumni and members of the International Development Innovation Network working in Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Biodegradable Batteries and Induction Charging Cars: Five Tech Trends to Watch

via The Guardian

A run-down of green technology's most cutting-edge innovations, including transparent solar cells and microgeneration boilers.

Free Lunch: There Is Profit in Saving the Planet

via The Financial Times

The Financial Times talks to MIT's Jessika Trancik about the low cost of renewable energy.

MIT Teams Win 2015 Department of Energy NEUP Awards

Those honored include MITEI researchers Jacopo Buongiorno, Lin Wen Hu, Mujid Kazimi, and Michael Demkowicz.

Teaming up for Better Batteries

via the MIT Industrial Liaison Program

MIT's Yang Shao-Horn and BMW's Odysseas Paschos collaborate to advance fundamental research on lithium-ion battery technologies.

Surendranath Receives Department of Energy Early Career Award

Research in areas of chemical catalysis, energy storage and utilization, and environmental stewardship recognized.
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