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

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

The science behind frozen wind turbines – and how to keep them spinning through the winter

Wind turbines in cold areas typically include methods for removing and repelling ice, but those methods can waste energy. There's a better way.

Hui Hu, Professor of Aerospace Engineering, Iowa State University • conversation
March 4, 2021 ~9 min

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