Study reveals plunge in lithium-ion battery costs

Analysis quantifies a dramatic price drop that parallels similar improvements in solar and wind energy, and shows further steep declines could be possible

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
March 23, 2021 ~9 min

Green plan to upgrade homes was 'botched', say MPs

A scheme offering people up to £10,000 for insulation has only reached 10% of its target, MPs say.

March 22, 2021 ~5 min

Turning seawater into stored energy

New system uses the sun and impure water to make renewable energy.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
March 19, 2021 ~6 min

Energy storage technology is accelerating – but grids aren't ready for the transition

Britain's electricity sector continues to decarbonise, but its capacity to store energy lags far behind.

Jonathan Radcliffe, Senior Research Fellow, Energy Storage, University of Birmingham • conversation
March 18, 2021 ~7 min

Lettuce grows just fine in solar-panel greenhouses

Lettuce grows well in greenhouses made of clear solar panels. "We were a little surprised—there was no real reduction in plant growth or health."

Matt Shipman-NC State • futurity
March 18, 2021 ~6 min

How to prevent short-circuiting in next-gen lithium batteries

New findings may help unleash the potential of high-powered, solid-electrolyte lithium batteries.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
March 16, 2021 ~6 min

Way more people choose green energy when it’s the default

When power companies make sustainably produced electricity their default option, consumers are more likely to choose it, a new study shows.

Fabio Bergamin-ETH Zurich • futurity
March 12, 2021 ~5 min

Astrophysics student’s baked treats are out of this world

Claire Lamman doubles as an astronomy graduate student at Harvard and an expert space baker.

Juan Siliezar • harvard
March 11, 2021 ~8 min

Climate change: 'Default effect' sees massive green energy switch

When suppliers make green energy the default choice, consumers stick with it even if it's costly.

March 11, 2021 ~5 min

Fukushima: ten years on from the disaster, was Japan's response right?

The rush to evacuate communities and abandon nuclear energy was understandable, but an error.

Philip Thomas, Professor of Risk Management, University of Bristol • conversation
March 10, 2021 ~8 min