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August 2015

Paying for solar power

via MIT Technology Review

SolarCity's massive new manufacturing plant in Buffalo, New York, reflects a booming demand for solar power. MITEI Director Robert Armstrong weighs in on whether or not it's sustainable

A small, modular, efficient fusion plant

New design could finally help to bring the long-sought power source closer to reality

"Yolks" and "shells" improve rechargeable batteries

Aluminum could give a big boost to capacity and power of lithium-ion batteries


There is a vast, untapped solar potential in New York City's roofs

via Fast Company

Solar mapping startup Mapdwell, spun out of MIT, hits the Big Apple

Solar Day

Join us at MIT Solar Day to learn about the wealth of solar energy-related research taking place across campus right now.  
Thursday, September 10, 2015. Location: E14-674 - Media Lab, 6th floor.

C3E Women in Energy Symposium Student Presentation Opportunities

MITEI is delighted to offer women undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to showcase their work and experience in research, service, and/or education in the energy system. Deadline to apply is Sept. 14.


     In the News              Energy Innovators         Around Campus

Heck of a class project

via The New York Times

An 'affordable, robust, compact' fusion reactor design, buildable in a decade


How wind and solar will blow up power markets

via Greentech Media

Ben Paulos cites the MITEI Future of Solar Energy study in an essay on why the main zero-carbon energy sources are not compatible with conventional market design


Can Wristify work as a personal air conditioner?

via Treehugger

MIT startup regulates body temps with a bracelet that can heat or cool the wearer

Ecovent ramps up hiring for debut of room-by-room temperature system

via BostInno

The smart home heating startup just moved into a bigger Charlestown office - here's why they're dead set on staying local

Going solid-state could make batteries safer and longer-lasting

New research paves the way for rechargeable batteries with almost indefinite lifetimes, researchers say

Better estimates of worldwide mercury pollution

New findings show Asia produces twice as much mercury emissions as previously thought


NSE's Boyd and Dykhuis win 2015 Innovations in Fuel Cycle Research Awards

Graduate students honored for work in nuclear energy


A new look at superfluidity

MIT team creates a superfluid in a record-high magnetic field

NSE's Harper, Kenausis, Lowder, Tran win Dept. of Energy support

Graduate and undergraduate funding awarded for nuclear energy studies, research

Dirty Physics

Franz-Josef Ulm explores the physics of dirty materials and messy systems to advance sustainable infrastructure and clean energy technology


Training 'small-planet' engineers

'Global Principles' course challenges students at MIT and the University of Tokyo to develop a cross-cultural, systems approach to materials science and engineering

MIT researchers awarded grants from new Siebel Energy Institute

MITEI's Munther Dahleh and Saurabh Amin are among those honored
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