A new approach to carbon capture

Researchers design an effective treatment for both exhaust and ambient air.

Nancy W. Stauffer | MIT Energy Initiative • mit
July 9, 2020 ~15 min

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Printed coatings enable more efficient solar cells

Researchers at Cambridge, Imperial and Singapore have developed a method to print ultrathin coatings on next-generation solar cells, allowing them to work in

Cambridge University News • cambridge
July 9, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: advanced-materials climate-change solar-cells energy

Conservation could create jobs post-pandemic

The Trump administration is rolling back environmental regulations, claiming it's good for the economy. But research shows that conservation is better both for public health and for job creation.

Heidi Peltier, Research Professor in Political Science; Faculty Research Fellow at the Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, Boston University • conversation
June 18, 2020 ~6 min

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A layered approach to safety

Using 3D fabrication, researchers develop novel nuclear materials that optimize both accident tolerance and performance.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
June 11, 2020 ~8 min

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Making nuclear energy cost-competitive

Three MIT teams to explore novel ways to reduce operations and maintenance costs of advanced nuclear reactors.

Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
May 27, 2020 ~8 min

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A scientist turns to entrepreneurship

After delivering novel computational methods for nuclear problems, nuclear science and engineering PhD candidate Pablo Ducru plunges into startup life.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
May 20, 2020 ~7 min

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Both conservatives and liberals want a green energy future, but for different reasons

How should the United States power its economy in 2050? A recent survey finds surprising agreement from Americans of all political stripes.

Shahzeen Attari, Associate Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University • conversation
May 5, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: climate-change energy public-opinion fossil-fuels regulation oil coal renewable-energy us-energy-policy natural-gas energy-prices energy-subsidies

Technique could enable cheaper fertilizer production

Chemical engineers take a step toward generating ammonia with small-scale, electrochemical reactors.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
May 4, 2020 ~7 min

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