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New issue of Energy Futures magazine explores biomass, 3D printing, fresh water capture, and more

In this issue, and pictured above, researcher Kripa Varanasi and his team installed a fresh water recovery system on MIT's Central Utility Plant, demonstrating their new system's ability to provide drinking water directly from power plants. His research, along with other energy happenings at MIT, are featured in the newest edition of Energy Futures. 

Read the latest issue →


Podcast: The human environmental nexus


Frances Beinecke, past president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, with MITEI executive director Martha Broad in our latest podcast episode, touching on the U.S. climate trajectory, the need for national leadership, and how to make an impact on climate change.


Jumping through life and his passions at MIT

MIT News

Stewart Isaacs, a PhD student in AeroAstro and a world champion jump roper, credits his academic successes to his long career in competitive jump roping. He is a researcher in the Lab for Aviation and the Environment, sponsored by MITEI. 

What made solar panels so cheap? Thank government policy.


In an article for Vox, reporter David Roberts writes about MITEI researcher Jessika Trancik's new research that examines the factors behind solar technology's price decrease.

MIT News also wrote about the new paper here.



What's exciting about working in clean energy? A conversation with C3E Ambassadors


In 2015, C3E Ambassadors from industry, government, and academia discussed what they find most interesting about working in clean energy. 


This year's C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium will take place December 3 and 4 at Stanford University.

Register for the livestream on Tuesday, Dec. 4 → 

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This can be a great solution to address the global water crisis. It could offset the need for about 70% of new desalination plant installations in the next decade.

Kripa Varanasi, associate professor of mechanical engineering on his new technology for collecting fresh water from power plants. 

Read the article →

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Student opportunity: Solar Spring Break

Deadline: Friday, February 8, 2019

MITEI is now accepting applications for our 2019 Solar Spring Break program. We will be returning to Los Angeles, CA this year with GRID Alternatives' Solar Spring Break, which gives college students the opportunity to spend their vacation week installing solar panels in underserved communities.

Learn more →

Machine learning accelerates the diagnosis, process optimization, and discovery of novel energy materials

Friday, November 30

The Department of Mechanical Engineering will host a seminar with MIT Professor Tonio Buonassisi to discuss how machine learning can impact important research tasks. 

The event will take place on Friday, November 30 at 4 p.m. in 3-270. Refreshments will be served before the seminar. 

Abdul Latif Jameel Water and Food Systems Lab opens seed grant proposals

Deadline: Late December

J-WAFS is now accepting water and food seed grant proposals focused on innovative research with the potential to impact issues and challenges related to the world's water and food supply. 

Grants are up to $75,000 per year for 1-2 years. PIs at all MIT departments and labs are eligible, and applications are being accepted until late December.

Contact Andi Sutton at for more information →

Marseille Winterschool on Multiscale Porous Materials

January 21-25, 2019

The Mixed International Research Unit CNRS/MIT program will host the seventh edition of the Marseille Winterschool on Multiscale Porous Materials in Marseille, France. The topics this year are urban physics and multiscale porous materials in urban environments.

Travel stipends are available for graduate students through the MIT-France program and MITEI. Nominations for graduate students can be submitted to Professor Franz-Josef Ulm at with a letter of nomination from the graduate student advisor and a CV from the student. The deadline for submission is December 10, 2018.



The amount of excess solar energy plants may reject to protect critical proteins from damage. Researcher Gabriela Schlau-Cohen and her team have found a way to harness that excess to increase crop yields and biomass potential.

Read more in the latest issue of Energy Futures →


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