An aggressive market-driven model for US fusion power development

National Academies study says fusion can help decarbonize US energy, calls for public-private approach to pilot plant operation by 2035-40.

Peter Dunn | Plasma Science and Fusion Center • mit
Feb. 24, 2021 ~9 min

Researchers improve efficiency of next-generation solar cell material

Reducing internal losses could pave the way to low-cost perovskite-based photovoltaics that match silicon cells’ output.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 24, 2021 ~9 min

Keeping an eye on the fusion future

Daniel Korsun’s undergraduate career at MIT prepared him to look more deeply into fusion magnet technology and design.

Paul Rivenberg | Plasma Science and Fusion Center • mit
Feb. 22, 2021 ~5 min

Texas weather: Are frozen wind turbines to blame for power cuts?

Frozen wind turbines are being blamed for power failures - but problems with fossils fuels are a bigger issue.

Feb. 18, 2021 ~5 min

Power outages across the Plains: 4 questions answered about weather-driven blackouts

Heat waves, droughts and deep freezes can all strain the electric grid, leading utilities to impose rolling blackouts. Climate change is likely to make these events more common.

Michael E. Webber, Josey Centennial Professor of Energy Resources, University of Texas at Austin • conversation
Feb. 16, 2021 ~9 min

Color ‘windows’ could turn light from inside or out into power

Researchers have created a new solution for generating solar power. The new "windows" could create energy from light from indoors and outdoors.

Mike Williams-Rice • futurity
Feb. 16, 2021 ~6 min

Solar panels in Sahara could boost renewable energy but damage the global climate – here's why

In a bid to ditch fossil fuels, some countries are considering carpeting deserts with solar panels.

Benjamin Smith, Director of Research, Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment, Western Sydney University • conversation
Feb. 11, 2021 ~7 min

Climate change: New targets to eliminate Wales' gases

Changes could mean replacing gas boilers in homes and finding new ways to make steel without coal.

Feb. 9, 2021 ~5 min

MPs criticise government home insulation programme

The Green Homes Grant system is overwhelmed by calls, the Environmental Audit Committee says.

Feb. 8, 2021 ~4 min

How will we heat homes in zero carbon Britain?

Will hydrogen or heat pumps be able to replace gas central heating?

Feb. 6, 2021 ~5 min