With campus as a test bed, climate action starts and continues at MIT

MIT serves as a laboratory for a multifaceted approach to address the Institute’s own contributions to climate change.

Nicole Morell | MIT Office of Sustainability • mit
Dec. 18, 2020 ~10 min

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To boost emissions reductions from electric vehicles, know when to charge

MIT researchers develop novel EV emissions model to quantify importance of vehicle charging patterns and impact of ambient temperature on EV emissions levels.

Kelley Travers | MIT Energy Initiative • mit
Dec. 17, 2020 ~8 min

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MISTI pilots conversations in energy

The MISTI Career Conversations: Energy program serves as an innovative pivot from international internships to a virtual seminar series.

Christina Davies | MISTI • mit
Dec. 8, 2020 ~7 min

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Researchers decipher structure of promising battery materials

Family of compounds could someday be useful for fuel cells, supercapacitors, catalysts, and sensors.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 23, 2020 ~6 min

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Powering through the coming energy transition

Carbon capture and storage are key to achieving climate goals.

Mark Dwortzan | MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change • mit
Nov. 18, 2020 ~6 min

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Power-free system harnesses evaporation to keep items cool

Inspired by camel fur, a new two-layered material could provide extended cooling to preserve the freshness of perishable goods.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 11, 2020 ~6 min

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A controllable membrane to pull carbon dioxide out of exhaust streams

Electrically switchable system could continuously separate gases without the need for moving parts or wasted space.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 16, 2020 ~5 min

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Superconductor technology for smaller, sooner fusion

MIT-Commonwealth Fusion Systems demonstration of new superconducting cable is a key step on the high-field path to compact fusion.

Leda Zimmerman | Plasma Science and Fusion Center • mit
Oct. 13, 2020 ~9 min

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