Covid-19 shutdown led to increased solar power output

As the air cleared after lockdowns, solar installations in Delhi produced 8 percent more power, study shows.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
July 22, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: sustainability climate-change energy solar covid-19 pollution pandemic policy india research mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering technology-and-society photovoltaics

Researchers develop new materials for energy and sensing

MIT and Northwestern researchers create hybrid perovskite materials that could help improve the quality of solar cells and light sources.

Department of Chemical Engineering • mit
July 16, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: solar research renewable-energy school-of-engineering collaboration nanoscience-and-nanotechnology materials-science-and-engineering chemical-engineering alternative-energy optoelectronics

Transparent graphene electrodes might lead to new generation of solar cells

New roll-to-roll production method could enable lightweight, flexible solar devices and a new generation of display screens.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
June 5, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: graphene solar research renewable-energy school-of-engineering electrical-engineering-computer-science-eecs research-laboratory-of-electronics civil-and-environmental-engineering nanoscience-and-nanotechnology optoelectronics

Our 'zombie' solar cells could power indoor devices without sunlight

How indoor solar cells could help power the Internet of Things.

Marina Freitag, Royal Society University Research Fellow, Newcastle University • conversation
May 12, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: internet-of-things solar solar-power solar-panels

Simple, solar-powered water desalination

System achieves new level of efficiency in harnessing sunlight to make fresh potable water from seawater.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 6, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: solar water research renewable-energy mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering desalination

For cheaper solar cells, thinner really is better

Solar panel costs have dropped lately, but slimming down silicon wafers could lead to even lower costs and faster industry expansion.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Jan. 26, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: sustainability climate-change energy solar research renewable-energy mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering nanoscience-and-nanotechnology materials-science-and-engineering mit-energy-initiative department-of-energy-doe alternative-energy

Study: State-level adoption of renewable energy standards saves money and lives

MIT researchers review renewable energy and carbon pricing policies as states consider repealing or relaxing renewable portfolio standards.

Nancy W. Stauffer | MIT Energy Initiative • mit
Jan. 22, 2020 ~13 min

Tags: solar policy emissions research government renewable-energy wind school-of-engineering school-of-science idss mit-energy-initiative eaps alternative-energy joint-program-on-the-science-and-policy-of-global-change

The uncertain role of natural gas in the transition to clean energy

MIT study finds that challenges in measuring and mitigating leakage of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, prove pivotal.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 16, 2019 ~9 min

Tags: sustainability climate-change energy solar economics policy greenhouse-gases emissions research renewable-energy technology-and-society idss mit-energy-initiative alternative-energy oil-and-gas esi

Women in STEM: Dr Jenny Zhang

Dr Jenny Zhang is a group leader and BBSRC David Phillips Fellow in the Department of Chemistry, where she is re-wiring photosynthesis to generate renewable fuels. Here, she tells us about why she switched from cancer research to sustainability, how her Fellowship programme is helping her develop leadership skills, and why eggs in her childhood home would regularly go missing.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Dec. 5, 2019 ~6 min

Tags:  women-in-stem  sustainability  sustainable-earth  energy  fuel  solar

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