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 | Feb. 6, 2020 | mit
~7 mins   

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


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 | Jan. 26, 2020 | mit
~8 mins   

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

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 | Jan. 22, 2020 | mit
~13 mins   

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

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 | Dec. 16, 2019 | mit
~9 mins   

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


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



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