Tests show high-temperature superconducting magnets are ready for fusion

Detailed study of magnets built by MIT and Commonwealth Fusion Systems confirms they meet requirements for an economic, compact fusion power plant.

David L. Chandler | MIT News • mit
today ~13 min

Study unlocks nanoscale secrets for designing next-generation solar cells

The work will help researchers tune surface properties of perovskites, a promising alternative and supplement to silicon, for more efficient photovoltaics.

David L. Chandler | MIT News • mit
Feb. 28, 2024 ~10 min

Offshore wind farms: policymakers are more influenced by reports that accentuate negative impacts – new study

A new study highlights how different literature portrays the pros and cons of offshore wind. Comprehensive assessment frameworks could create more consistency in the future.

Claire Szostek, Marine Ecologist, Plymouth Marine Laboratory • conversation
Feb. 22, 2024 ~7 min

Shimmering seaweeds and algae antennae: sustainable energy solutions under the sea

How could tiny antennae attached to tiny algae speed up the transition away from fossil fuels? This is one of the questions being studied by Cambridge

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Feb. 22, 2024 ~5 min

1 in 5 households in Canada live in ‘energy poverty’

As many as one in five Canadian households can be considered to be in energy poverty. That may be more than face food insecurity.

Katherine Gombay-McGill • futurity
Feb. 21, 2024 ~5 min

The energy transition can be fair, just and inclusive – but the window of opportunity is closing fast

For the green transition to be fair and just to people and communities around the globe, countries must change the way energy is used and governed.

Louis Delannoy, Postdoctoral researcher, Stockholm University • conversation
Feb. 20, 2024 ~7 min

Extraction of raw materials could rise 60% by 2060 – and making mining ‘greener’ won’t stop the damage

Extractive mining disrupts the balance of the planet’s ecosystems and is set to rise. Could urban mining or degrowth help curb unsustainable practices?

Gareth Dale, Reader in Political Economy, Brunel University London • conversation
Feb. 16, 2024 ~8 min

With just a little electricity, MIT researchers boost common catalytic reactions

Applying a small voltage to a catalyst can increase the rates of reactions used in petrochemical processing, pharmaceutical manufacture, and many other processes.

David L. Chandler | MIT News • mit
Feb. 15, 2024 ~7 min

Gold, silver and lithium mining on federal land doesn’t bring in any royalties to the US Treasury – because of an 1872 law

Hard rock minerals like gold, silver, copper and lithium on public lands belong to the American public, but under a 150-year-old law, the US gives them away for free.

Sam Kalen, Associate Dean and Professor of Law, University of Wyoming • conversation
Feb. 15, 2024 ~11 min

Five reasons to heat your home using infrared fabric

New infrared fabric technology is easy to install, cheap to run and affordable so it has huge potential as a future alternative to heat pumps, especially for retrofit projects.

Michael Siebert, Lecturer in Architecture, School of Architecture, Design and Built Environment, Nottingham Trent University • conversation
Feb. 14, 2024 ~7 min