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ISSUE #158

March 19, 2020

While the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted day-to-day life at MIT and around the world, we remain committed to supporting our energy community and working toward our mission of achieving a low-carbon future. We hope you and your loved ones are able to do everything you need for your mental and physical well-being during this difficult time.

We look forward to connecting with you through the latest energy news as we weather the storm together.  

Podcast: Inside the National Energy Technology Laboratory


Brian Anderson PhD ’05, the director of the U.S Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory, shares what the lab is doing in carbon capture, materials, hydrogen, and more.

Clean air: Can lowering the costs of carbon capture bring business on-board with climate change?

KJZZ Public Radio

T. Alan Hatton comments on the uses and implications of different carbon capture technologies, and the importance of finding ways to move away from reliance on fossil fuels.
Analyce Hernandez: Uncloaking big mysteries

MIT News

During an IAP course led by a researcher from MIT’s Plasma Science and Fusion Center, junior Analyce Hernandez built a mini-fusion reactor that was “hands-on and high-voltage,” she says.
We lead three universities. It's time for drastic action.

The New York Times

Presidents L. Rafael Reif of MIT, Lawrence S. Bacow of Harvard, and Marc-Tessier Lavigne of Stanford on the need for proactive measures in the face of COVID-19.

MITEI event cancellations

Due to concerns over the potential for large gatherings to lead to the transmission of the COVID-19 virus, MIT has canceled public events. We appreciate your interest in MITEI events and look forward to seeing you at future events. Please contact with any questions.

MITEI Mobility Systems Center call for proposals

The Mobility Systems Low-Carbon Energy Center requests proposals from MIT faculty and researchers with principal investigator status on topics including mobility systems development in high-growth developing countries, techno-economic and environmental assessment of generation and distribution infrastructure for mobility applications, and the changing role of transportation infrastructure assets in the urban mobility system. 

Expression of interest due: March 23, 2020
Proposals due: April 10, 2020
Final selections announced: May 22, 2020

Learn more.

Call for applications: 2020-2021 Energy Fellows

MITEI is now accepting applications for 2020-2021 Energy Fellows. MIT faculty members may nominate graduate students and postdoctoral researchers in recognition of keen interest in energy and excellence in research. Nominees may then complete the full application. The application deadline has been extended to March 27. 

Job opening: MITEI Electric Power Systems Center postdoctoral associate

Work with MITEI researchers to study the role of natural gas in future low-carbon electricity systems under uncertain technology, policy, and fuel price scenarios. The position offers an opportunity to interact and work closely with researchers across MIT and to be part of MITEI’s Electric Power Systems Low-Carbon Energy Center


UIC Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE) 

July 9-22, University of Illinois at Chicago

SISE is a two-week summer "boot camp" for future decision makers eager to join the sustainability and energy revolution happening around the globe. This year’s theme, “Resiliency: Climate Change and the Power of Data + Response”, considers what it takes to be resilient in the face of climate change. SISE Fellows will engage with a new energy mapping initiative being developed by the American Energy Society and identify best practices for activists and advocates committed to achieving climate justice by offsetting climate catastrophe. Apply by May 30.


Summer internship at the Urban Land Institute's Greenprint Center for Building Performance

Greenprint’s summer intern will get a detailed glimpse into the green building world. As part of the Greenprint team, they will be an integral part of the workstream for the planning of the Annual Performance Report and the publication of other remaining 2020 resources. High-level overview of tasks includes the following: joining member calls/interviews for reports and resources, helping facilitate various 2020 events and reports for the Greenprint team, and learning about the green building world at large.


“It's really important for us to understand the full scope of the impact of all energy production to the entire environment. We as a human species over our lifetime have underestimated the impact we have on the environment when we develop technologies."

Brian Anderson PhD ’05, the director of the U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory

Liquid immersion blanket

A flowing pool of molten salt that surrounds the core of a fusion reactor. Graduate student Caroline Sorensen is studying the liquid immersion blanket to help make fusion more affordable and technically viable.

Learn more about Sorensen’s work and other research being done by
 women at MIT.

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