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MIT Energy Initiative director opposes U.S. EPA proposal to weaken emission guidelines

MITEI Director Robert Armstrong submitted a comment opposing the U.S. EPA's recent proposal to weaken emissions guidelines. In his letter, Armstrong stated the importance of regulating carbon dioxide as a major driver of climate change. 

WHAT TO READ

Could nuclear power play a major role in reversing climate change?

Marketplace

Professor and Future of Nuclear Energy study co-author Jacopo Buongiorno spoke with reporters Sabri Ben-Achour and Jonaki Mehta about nuclear energy's potential in the future energy mix.

Harnessing the power of sustainable energy

MIT News

With a love for the environment that took root on his family’s farm, senior and former Energy UROP Jesse Hinricher aims to put less expensive components into more efficient batteries. For the past few years, he's worked with MITEI researcher Fikile Brushett on this project, specifically looking at redox flow batteries.

Ernest Moniz cautiously optimistic about global response to climate change

The Irish Times

Ernest Moniz, the former U.S. secretary of energy and director of MITEI, spoke with Kevin O'Sullivan from The Irish Times about his outlook on the Paris agreement.

China's giant transmission grid could be the key to cutting climate emissons

MIT Technology Review

MIT Technology Review reporter James Temple spoke with MITEI researcher Valerie Karplus about China's electricity grid and its potential in the low-carbon energy landscape.

WHAT TO WATCH

CLASSICHow wireless "X-ray vision" could power virtual reality, smart homes, and Hollywood

CSAIL

By seeing silhouettes through a wall, a new device from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) could help with motion capture, fall prevention, and even your heating bill.

 Read and watch

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I enjoy the environment, and I think it needs to be protected. And if not me, then who?

Jesse Hinricher, senior chemical engineering major and former Energy UROP

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WHAT TO DO

MIT Press Bookstore: The Physics of Energy

Tuesday, November 20

Join Robert Jaffe and Washington Taylor for a discussion of their new textbook, The Physics of Energy, at the MIT Press Bookstore on November 20 from 6-7 p.m.

The book provides a comprehensive and systematic introduction to the scientific principles governing energy sources, uses, and systems. Students, scientists, engineers, energy industry professionals, and concerned citizens who wish to understand energy systems are encouraged to attend.

Register here →

Student opportunity: Solar Spring Break

Deadline: Friday, February 8

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 →

Autonomous vehicles: Exciting opportunities, but daunting challenges

Monday, November 19

Co-hosted by MIT's AgeLab and the Human Systems Laboratory.

Christopher Hart, founder of Hart Solutions and a former member of the National Transportation Safety Board, will give a presentation on November 19, 3-4 p.m. in 32-141. 

He will discuss automation lessons that can be learned from decades of development in aviation, and will address several new automation issues that the autonomous vehicle industry will face that have not already been encountered in other areas of industry.

BEFORE YOU GO

redox flow batteries

In redox flow batteries, electrolytes ferry electrons between a cathode and an anode, just as in the battery in your TV remote. The difference? The energy density of redox flow batteries is much too small for use in a remote, or even a cell phone. What these kinds of batteries are well-suited for is incorporation into large-scale energy grids to increase energy-efficiency. For example, redox flow batteries store the energy produced by solar panels during the day for use after the sun sets.
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