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The Copenhagen Wheel developed at MIT's SENSEable City Lab finally goes into production this year, with thousands of orders already placed.

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A bicycle fitted with a prototype of the Copenhagen Wheel, the red disk, a human/electric hybrid bicycle engine, hangs on a wall at Superpedestrian, the hybrid engine's manufacturer in Cambridge, Mass. / Stephan Savoia/AP. Ever since the idea of the Copenhagen Wheel debuted in 2009, ...
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Senior Sterling Harper tackles nuclear energy risk with virtual simulation tools.

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Several years ago, as an incoming freshman, current MIT senior Sterling Harper had no inkling that he'd find his passion in writing nuclear engineering software. But after signing up on a whim for a pre-orientation program with the Department of Nuclear Science and Engineering (NSE), ...
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Miho Mazereeuw, founder of the Urban Risk Lab, has roots in two countries that have dealt with floods, earthquakes, and typhoons.
Miho Mazereeuw is the founder of the Urban Risk Lab. She designs buildings and cities in anticipation of disasters. “Working in a field that has traditionally been the domain of emergency managers and engineers, we bring preemptive design and community engagement into the risk-reduction equation ...
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#MIT #Energy Conference 2015 Brings Together Key Energy Innovators
Leading CEOs, academics and entrepreneurs in global energy converged on MIT this past weekend for the tenth annual MIT Energy Conference, which explored “Global Energy Shifts.” Panels delved into four key areas: power and renewables, fossil fuels, global collaboration, and sustainable ...
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Tuning energy levels through surface chemistry shows promise for higher efficiency quantum dot solar cells, MIT graduate student Patrick R. Brown's work shows.

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A lead sulfide quantum dot solar cell made by MIT physics graduate student Patrick Brown. Quantum-dot solar cells have the potential to be manufactured at lower cost than traditional solar cells. Photo: Denis Paiste/Materials Processing Center. Solar cells made out of lead sulfide quantum dots ...
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Former Massachusetts Gov. +Deval Patrick  is set to become a visiting innovation fellow at MIT.  Welcome aboard!
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Three sophomores will represent MIT at BP Ultimate Field Trip national competition finals in Houston this April!

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sophomores Sophia Liu, Robert Mahari and Dheevesh Arulmani are competing for the opportunity to be mentored by some of the energy field's top thinkers by presenting their innovative ideas about water conservation during oil and gas processing in the 2015 ...
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The single-seater aircraft, able to fly day and night on #solar power without a drop of fuel, was developed by adventurer Bertrand Piccard and #MIT graduate Andre Boschberg.
AHMEDABAD: Solar Impulse 2, world's first aircraft powered by solar energy, is set to land at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport on Tuesday night. The aircraft, which weighs as much as a car at 2300kg, began its trip from Abu Dhabi on Monday and landed in Muscat on Monday night.
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Instrument identifies methane’s origins in mines, deep-sea vents, and cows.

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Individual cows can produce up to 500 liters of methane a day; the species accounts for about one-third of total methane emissions. The structures shown represent the structure of methane. Photo: Danielle Gruen (edited by Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT). Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, ...
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Speakers at 10th annual MIT Energy Conference see progress, but great need for more research.

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A concluding panel discussion at the Energy Conference featured (from left) MIT alumnus David Danielson PhD '08, who was the founder of MIT's Energy Club and of the Energy Conference, and is now assistant secretary of energy; Ronald Prinn, the Tepco Professor of Atmospheric Physics and director ...
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Large-scale use of ethanol and other bioenergy could cut greenhouse gas emissions by more than half, if safeguards against deforestation are in place, says new MIT study.

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Biofuels like ethanol and other forms of bioenergy are often seen as a key part of a low-carbon future. But large-scale production of these fuels, which are usually made from either food crops like corn and sugar cane, or from woody plants and grasses, would represent a major shift in how the ...
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Mechanical engineering professor Tonio Buonassisi seeks to make solar cells competitive: http://bit.ly/1ALO7PY

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The scope of the world's energy problems calls for a comprehensive portfolio of responses to environmental, economic, scientific, security, and political issues.

Under the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), Institute researchers are hard at work on this portfolio, addressing alleviating immediate shortage, security, and environmental concerns. We are also working to find secure, economically viable, and environmentally sustainable energy sources.

Learn more about our work at mitei.mit.edu.