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MIT Energy Initiative eNewsletter
September 2014

New formulation leads to improved liquid battery

Cheaper, longer-lasting materials could enable batteries that make wind and solar energy more competitive.  

In the news via The BBC: Molten metal batteries aimed at the grid

Ride-sharing could cut cabs' road time by 30 percent

A new analytic framework enables analysis of GPS data on 150 million cab rides in New York City.

In the news via The New York Times: If 2 New Yorkers Shared a Cab...

 

Magnetic fields make the excitons go ’round

Theorists find a new way to improve efficiency of solar cells by overcoming exciton "traps." 
 

How to make stronger, “greener” cement

Analysis of material's molecular structure leads to a new formula that could cut greenhouse-gas emissions. 

In the news via Scientific American: New formula could cut pollution from concrete

Sun-powered desalination for villages in India

Off-grid Indian communities with salty groundwater could get potable water through a proposed solar technique.  

Related story via NPR: Cheap Drinking Water From The Sun, Aided By A Pop Of Pencil Shavings
 

How to make a “perfect” solar absorber

New system aims to harness the full spectrum of available solar radiation. 
 

DOE backs MIT spin-out

MIT Keystone Towers, managed in part by MIT's Alex Slocum, is producing a method to help spread wind power.  




 

Should electricity distribution utilities build, own, and operate microgrids for their customers?

MIT graduate student Jesse Jenkins gives his take in The Energy Collective.

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A lifelong relationship with the Institute

Newly tenured Evelyn Wang - whose parents met at MIT - studies heat transfer in materials. 

 

Preaching to the choir? Beyond the People's Climate March

MIT Professor Christopher R. Knittel on addressing climate change.

Full article at WBUR Cognoscenti 


 

Surging carbon dioxide shows clean tech failure

MIT's Howie Herzog talks about CCS.

Full article at MIT Tech Review
 

MIT spinoff Cambrian named 'technology pioneer' for recycling wastewater into energy

Spun out of MIT in 2006, Cambrian Innovation develops advanced environmental solutions using biotechnology.

Full article at Boston Business Journal

Big data cuts buildings' energy use

Sensors and analytic software help make buildings more efficient.


 

MIT students meet with nuclear energy policy-makers

MIT contingent met with numerous offices for representatives and senators in their home states and members of critical congressional committees. 
 

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