Maria Zuber on climate change: “Breakthroughs will happen”

MIT’s vice president for research identifies three areas that show particular promise for climate action.

MIT Resource Department • mit
April 22, 2020 ~7 min

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Photovoltaic-powered sensors for the “internet of things”

RFID-based devices work in indoor and outdoor lighting conditions, and communicate at greater distances.

Rob Matheson | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 27, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: internet-of-things solar research sensors wireless mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering electrical-engineering-computer-science-eecs computer-science-and-technology chemical-engineering photovoltaics

Study: Even short-lived solar panels can be economically viable

Research shows that, contrary to accepted rule of thumb, a 10- or 15-year lifetime can be good enough.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Sept. 19, 2019 ~8 min

Tags: energy solar research school-of-engineering electrical-engineering-computer-science-eecs photovoltaics

Tackling greenhouse gases

Faculty in the Department of Mechanical Engineering are developing technologies that store, capture, convert, and minimize greenhouse gas emissions.

Mary Beth O'Leary | Department of Mechanical Engineering • mit
Jan. 7, 2019 ~19 min

Tags: sustainability energy environment manufacturing carbon-dioxide global-warming greenhouse-gases research renewable-energy mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering faculty photovoltaics energy-storage

“Sun in a box” would store renewable energy for the grid

Design for system that provides solar- or wind-generated power on demand should be cheaper than other leading options.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 5, 2018 ~10 min

Tags: sustainability energy solar carbon research renewable-energy mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering alternative-energy photovoltaics energy-storage

How to assess new solar technologies | MIT News

MIT analysis shows when and where advanced photovoltaics would be economic to install.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
April 30, 2018 ~7 min

Tags:  sustainability  energy  solar  research  renewable-energy  mechanical-engineering  school-of-engineering  technology-and-society  national-science-foundation-nsf  department-of-energy-doe  alternative-energy  singapore-mit-alliance-for-research-and-technology-smart  photovoltaics

Engineers turn plastic insulator into heat conductor | MIT News

Technique could prevent overheating of laptops, mobile phones, and other electronics.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
March 30, 2018 ~8 min

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New technique allows rapid screening for new types of solar cells | MIT News

Approach could bypass the time-consuming steps currently needed to test new photovoltaic materials.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Dec. 20, 2017 ~7 min

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No more blackouts? | MIT News

New framework guarantees stability of microgrids that supply local power in developing countries.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 8, 2017 ~8 min

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Transparent, flexible solar cells | MIT News

Researchers develop a novel technique using graphene to create solar cells they can mount on surfaces ranging from glass to plastic to paper and tape.

Nancy W. Stauffer | MIT Energy Initiative • mit
July 28, 2017 ~13 min

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