New type of electrolyte could enhance supercapacitor performance

Novel class of “ionic liquids” may store more energy than conventional electrolytes — with less risk of catching fire.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Aug. 12, 2019 | mit
~6 mins   

Tags: research chemical-engineering school-of-engineering energy-storage renewable-energy batteries mit-energy-initiative

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 | Jan. 7, 2019 | mit
~19 mins   

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

Saving heat until you need it

A new concept for thermal energy storage involves a material that absorbs heat as it melts and releases it as it resolidifies.

Nancy W. Stauffer | MIT Energy Initiative | Dec. 19, 2018 | mit
~15 mins   

Tags: school-of-engineering materials-science-and-engineering energy-storage mit-energy-initiative tata-center chemistry chemical-engineering energy research

Opportunities for materials innovation abound

Faculty researchers share insights into new capabilities at the annual Industrial Liaison Program Research and Development Conference.

Denis Paiste | Materials Research Laboratory | Dec. 14, 2018 | mit
~11 mins   

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“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

Extending the life of low-cost, compact, lightweight batteries

New design could greatly extend the shelf life of single-use metal-air batteries for electric vehicles, off-grid storage, and other applications.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Nov. 8, 2018 | mit
~7 mins   

Tags: research school-of-engineering batteries mechanical-engineering materials-science-and-engineering dmse energy energy-storage

A new way to find better battery materials | MIT News

Design principles could point to better electrolytes for next-generation lithium batteries.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | March 25, 2018
~6 mins |

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Jennifer Rupp: Engineering practical ceramics | MIT News

Assistant professor in EECS is developing materials with novel structures and useful applications, including renewable energy and information storage.

Kelley Travers | MIT Energy Initiative | Feb. 9, 2018
~5 mins |

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A new approach to rechargeable batteries | MIT News

New metal-mesh membrane could solve longstanding problems and lead to inexpensive power storage.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office | Jan. 22, 2018
~5 mins |

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