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 | Sept. 27, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

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

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 | Sept. 19, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

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

Unleashing perovskites’ potential for solar cells

New results show how varying the recipe could bring these materials closer to commercialization.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Feb. 7, 2019 | mit
~8 mins   

Tags: research school-of-engineering school-of-science chemistry energy solar nanoscience-and-nanotechnology materials-science-and-engineering mechanical-engineering department-of-energy-doe national-science-foundation-nsf

Sun-soaking device turns water into superheated steam

High-temperature steam might be used in remote regions to cook, clean, or sterilize medical equipment.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office | Dec. 11, 2018 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: desalination energy mechanical-engineering research school-of-engineering solar sustainability water department-of-energy-doe j-wafs

3 Questions: MIT goes interstellar with Voyager 2

MIT Kavli's John Richardson describes MIT's role in the historic passing of the Voyager 2 craft past the heliopause and into the interstellar medium.

MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research | Dec. 10, 2018 | mit
~4 mins   

Tags: satellites solar-system nasa physics planetary-science research school-of-science space astronomy-and-planetary-science 3-questions kavli-institute history-of-science aeronautical-and-astronautical-engineering

“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 | Dec. 5, 2018 | mit
~10 mins   

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

Understanding how plants use sunlight

Studies of how photoprotection works at the molecular level may provide a pathway to more biomass and crops.

Nancy W. Stauffer | MIT Energy Initiative | Dec. 4, 2018 | mit
~14 mins   

Tags: energy research chemistry food sustainability solar biology biochemistry mit-energy-initiative

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