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Vote for the Future of American Energy Security

July 22, 2015 by Robbie Diamond

Energy Technologies and the Future

Americans have enjoyed a break at the gas pump this summer. While all of us are relieved to spend less getting around during vacation time, consumers should be wary that this period of relatively affordable gasoline does not signal the achievement of American energy security.[read more]

How Dark Matter and Nanotechnology can Help Transform the Global Energy System

May 29, 2015 by Jared Anderson
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Dark Matter and Nanotech and the Future

It can be overwhelming to look at the world’s looming energy and climate challenges, but Dr. Franklin (Lynn) Orr, Under Secretary for Science and Energy at the US Department of Energy remains optimistic despite the complexity of these dilemmas.[read more]

Patents Forecast Technological Change

April 24, 2015 by Energy @ MIT
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Predicting Technological Innovation

How fast is online learning evolving? Are wind turbines a promising investment? And how long before a cheap hoverboard makes it to market? Attempting to answer such questions requires knowing something about the rate at which a technology is improving.[read more]

Energy Research: Tunneling Across a Tiny Gap

April 11, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Tunneling and Heat

Researchers at MIT, the University of Oklahoma, and Rutgers University have developed a model that explains how heat flows between objects separated by gaps of less than a nanometer. The team has developed a unified framework that calculates heat transport at finite gaps.[read more]

Analysis Sees Many Promising Pathways for Solar Photovoltaic Power

April 1, 2015 by Energy @ MIT
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Solar PV Pathways

In a broad new assessment of the status and prospects of solar photovoltaic technology, MIT researchers say that it is “one of the few renewable, low-carbon resources with both the scalability and the technological maturity to meet ever-growing global demand for electricity.”[read more]

New Kind of "Tandem" Solar Cell Developed

March 28, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Solar Cell Invention

Researchers have developed a new kind of solar cell that combines two different layers of sunlight-absorbing material in order to harvest a broader range of the sun’s energy. The development could lead to photovoltaic cells that are more efficient than those currently used in solar-power installations.[read more]

Wrightspeed Hybrid-Electric Trucks are the Cutting Edge of Truck Design

March 18, 2015 by Edward Dodge
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Hybrid Trucks and Transportation

Wrightspeed Powertrains of San Jose, California is a pioneer in developing hybrid-electric powertrains for heavy duty trucks. This next-generation design provides superior power, performance, and low emissions for heavy duty trucks that operate in some of the most challenging and fuel-guzzling applications.[read more]

New Detector Sniffs Out Origins of Methane

March 11, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Methane Detection

Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, second only to carbon dioxide in its capacity to trap heat in Earth’s atmosphere for a long time. Understanding the sources of methane, and how the gas is formed, could give scientists a better understanding of its role in warming the planet.[read more]

Cheap and Flexible Solar

March 4, 2015 by Energy @ MIT
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Flexible Solar

Solar cells made out of lead sulfide quantum dots could eventually offer a cheaper, more flexible alternative to ones made using silicon, but they are currently much less efficient. However, altering the chemical composition of quantum-dot solar cells offers a way of tuning them to reach higher efficiencies.[read more]

Will the Battery Gigafactory be Elon Musk’s Waterloo?

February 26, 2015 by Jay Stein
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Tesla Battery Production and Risk

Tesla’s founder and CEO, Elon Musk, faces his greatest challenge ever in selling enough batteries to support his $5 billion battery-manufacturing Gigafactory now currently under construction in Reno, Nevada. Musk will have to prevail where many others have failed.[read more]

New Technology Critical to Future of Offshore Wind Energy

February 10, 2015 by Roman Kilisek

Offshore Wind and New Tech

Germany’s Siemens has handed over the first of a total of five commissioned North Sea grid connections, the BorWin2 offshore platform, to its customer TenneT, a German-Dutch transmission grid operator, for immediate commercial operation.[read more]

ThorCon: Demonstrated Molten Salt Tech Packaged With Modern Construction Techniques

January 9, 2015 by Rod Adams
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ThorCon is a packaged nuclear power plant concept from Martingale, Inc. that is designed to wring capital costs out of nuclear plant construction. The company visionaries have recognized that the biggest hurdles to building new actinide-fueled reactors are the initial capital investment.[read more]

Drive-By Heat Mapping

January 9, 2015 by Energy @ MIT

Home Heat Mapping and Energy Efficiency

In 2007, Google unleashed a fleet of cars with roof-mounted cameras to provide street-level images of roads around the world. Now MIT spinout Essess is bringing similar “drive-by” innovations to energy efficiency in homes and businesses.[read more]

What Will the Battery Market Look Like in 2030?

January 5, 2015 by James Greenberger
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It is not difficult to speculate on what some of the new “killer apps” for batteries might be by 2030. If we have learned anything over the last 15 years, it is that the battery market is dynamic and the greatest limit on that market is not technology but imagination.[read more]

Great Progress on Smart Grid and Smart City Predictions for 2020

December 9, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

How much can actually change in a year? When it comes to Smart Grid and Smart City topics, the answer is quite simply that quite a lot can change. Here’s a progress report on my ten predictions about Smart Grid and Smart Cities activity by 2020.[read more]