What is curtailment? An electricity market expert explains

Sometimes wind and solar power produce more electricity than the local grid can handle. Better energy storage and transmission could move extra energy to where it’s needed instead of shutting it off.

Theodore J. Kury, Director of Energy Studies, University of Florida • conversation
June 22, 2022 ~6 min

Here's how to meet Biden's 2030 climate goals and dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions – with today's technology

The road map for a more sustainable future starts with clean energy and fossil-fuel-free transportation.

John Reilly, Co-Director Emeritus of the MIT Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, Senior Lecturer Emeritus at the MIT Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) • conversation
June 21, 2022 ~7 min


New approach topples major barrier to commercialisation of organic flow batteries

Researchers from the University of Cambridge and Harvard University have developed a method to dramatically extend the lifetime of organic aqueous flow

Cambridge University News • cambridge
June 16, 2022 ~5 min

Eco-friendly tech comes with its own environmental costs: that's why it's vital to cut energy demand now

Solar panels and electric cars come with their own environmental trade-offs like increased mining and extraction.

Timothy Laing, Senior Lecturer in Economics, University of Brighton • conversation
June 16, 2022 ~6 min

High fossil fuel prices are good for the planet – here’s how to keep them high while avoiding riots or hurting the poor

For expensive oil and gas to be politically acceptable, two things must happen.

Neil McCulloch, Associate Fellow of Political Economy, Institute of Development Studies • conversation
June 15, 2022 ~6 min

Evan Leppink: Seeking a way to better stabilize the fusion environment

In a residency supported by the Department of Energy, the MIT PhD candidate will explore the high-field side of the DIII-D tokamak.

Paul Rivenberg | Plasma Science and Fusion Center • mit
June 15, 2022 ~5 min

Biden just declared heat pumps and solar panels essential to national defense – here's why and the challenges ahead

Other presidents used the Defense Production Act to boost fossil fuel supplies. Biden is now using it to boost clean energy. But just ramping up production isn’t enough to succeed.

Daniel Cohan, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University • conversation
June 10, 2022 ~8 min

Why Biden just declared heat pumps and solar panels essential to national defense

Other presidents used the Defense Production Act to boost fossil fuel supplies. Biden is using it to replace them with clean energy. But just ramping up production isn’t enough.

Daniel Cohan, Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Rice University • conversation
June 10, 2022 ~8 min


Biden throws US solar installers a lifeline with tariff relief, but can incentives bring manufacturing back?

Only 13% of US solar industry jobs are currently in manufacturing. The Biden administration hopes the sector will grow fast, but that might not be so simple.

Emily A. Beagle, Research Associate in Energy Systems, University of Texas at Austin • conversation
June 7, 2022 ~7 min

Biden throws US solar industry a lifeline with tariff relief, but can incentives bring manufacturing back?

Only 13% of US solar industry jobs are currently in manufacturing. The Biden administration hopes the sector will grow fast, but that might not be so simple.

Emily A. Beagle, Research Associate in Energy Systems, University of Texas at Austin • conversation
June 7, 2022 ~7 min

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