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MIT Energy Initiative eNewsletter
November 2014

The Utility of the Future

Via EnergyBiz

Preparing for a changing energy sector.


Shifting up to Higher Octane

MIT study finds wider use of premium gas could save fuel, money. 


Shedding Light on the Future of Photovoltaics

MIT study finds unprecedented production of metals needed to meet some solar energy goals. 


The Missing Piece of the Climate Puzzle

Researchers show that a canonical view of global warming tells only half the story.  

ExxonMobil joins MIT Energy Initiative as founding member

Company to invest $25 million over the next five years to support faculty and student energy research.

  Around Campus      Energy Entrepreneurs       In the News

Q&A: Christopher Knittel on the EPA's greenhouse gas plan

In Science, economists evaluate government's proposed emissions policy for power plants. 


Dennis Whyte named Plasma Science and Fusion Center director

Nuclear fusion leader succeeds Miklos Porkolab, who returns to teaching and research after almost twenty years of distinguished service. 


Yogesh Surendranath selected for Dreyfus Award

The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation has selected Yogesh Surendranath, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry, as an award recipient to the Postdoctoral Program in Environmental Chemistry

Stretching oxides to modulate electrochemical properties

Via MIT Materials Processing Center

Grad students Lixin Sun and Qiyang Lu are developing techniques for applying strain to materials to accelerate oxygen-reduction reactions for applications in solid-oxide fuel cells.

Keeping hydrogen from cracking metals

Via MIT Materials Processing Center

MIT postdoctoral associate Mostafa Youssef and graduate student Aravind Krishnamoorthy tackle different aspects of the problem at atomic scale.

MIT Clean Energy Prize Kickoff

Join us for an evening with like-minded entrepreneurs, innovators, and professionals interested in tackling today's most important energy issues.


MIT startups win big at MassChallenge

MIT startups targeting energy issues emerge victorious from MassChallenge's annual competition.


Wind energy reaches greater heights

A startup founded by MIT alums and faculty is making taller wind turbines more feasible using on-site fabrication.


Beating battery drain

Startup's power-conserving chip may increase smartphone battery life, save energy in cell towers.


Running the color gamut

MIT spinout's quantum-dot technology makes LCD TVs more colorful and energy efficient.


Heat-mapping startup Essess picks up $10.8 million to scan for energy leaks 

Via The Wall Street Journal

MIT spin-off Essess Inc. has technology that can scan large areas to find which buildings aren't sealed properly and so are leaking heat and wasting energy.

Is the Newberry Volcano Enhanced Geothermal Project the most important power plant in the country?

Via Forbes

An interdisciplinary geothermal study at MIT has broken new ground.


How gas prices (and impulsiveness) affect consumer car choice

Via Marketplace

MIT professor and energy economist Christopher Knittel weighs in on whether or not we're shortsighted in our car purchases.


Company channeling wind power with turbines, blimps

Via WCVB Boston

MIT-born Altaeros Energies has combined two time-tested technologies.


New battery aims to transform electric cars

Via Financial Times

Battery developed by Dr. Qichao Hu at MIT could solve two major problems associated with electric cars: high prices and low driving ranges.

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