Advance may enable “2D” transistors for tinier microchip components

Atomically thin materials are a promising alternative to silicon-based transistors; now researchers can connect them more efficiently to other chip elements.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
today ~6 min

US approves its first big offshore wind farm, near Martha's Vineyard – it’s a breakthrough for the industry

The Biden administration has a goal of getting from today's 42 megawatts of offshore wind power to nearly 30,000 by the end of the decade, but there are still obstacles ahead.

Matthew Lackner, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, University of Massachusetts Amherst • conversation
May 11, 2021 ~8 min

Super hot salt might cut solar power costs

Researchers are finding ways to boost the amount of power that concentrated solar power plants generate. The work could make them more widespread.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue • futurity
May 10, 2021 ~8 min

‘Molecular glue’ makes perovskite solar cells tougher

A "molecular glue" strengthens a key weak point in perovskite solar cells. The advance makes them tougher, more efficient, and more reliable.

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
May 7, 2021 ~9 min

Can US states afford to meet net-zero emissions targets by 2050?

In the Northeast, Canadian hydropower could make it so.

Mark Dwortzan | Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change • mit
May 3, 2021 ~4 min

Installing solar panels over California's canals could yield water, land, air and climate payoffs

Installing solar panels over California's 4,000 miles of canals could generate less expensive, renewable energy, save water, fight climate change – and offer a solution for the thirsty American West.

Brandi McKuin, Postdoctoral Researcher in Environmental Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz • conversation
May 3, 2021 ~10 min

Nuclear power: how might radioactive waste water affect the environment?

Why do nuclear plants produce radioactive water – and what happens when that water gets into the ocean?

Awadhesh Jha, Professor of Genetic Toxicology and Ecotoxicology, University of Plymouth • conversation
April 30, 2021 ~7 min

On course to create a fusion power plant

How an MIT engineering course became an incubator for fusion design innovations.

Paul Rivenberg | Plasma Science and Fusion Center • mit
April 29, 2021 ~8 min

How to get salt out of water: Make it self-eject

Crystallizing salts can grow “legs,” then tip over and fall away, potentially helping to prevent fouling of metal surfaces, researchers find.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
April 28, 2021 ~8 min

Seeking enhanced materials for nuclear reactors

Fifth-year nuclear science and engineering graduate student Arunkumar Seshadri looks to develop materials and fuels that can better withstand the extreme conditions in nuclear reactors.

Leda Zimmerman | Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering • mit
April 26, 2021 ~7 min