breaking june 2017- california joins beijings BELT world as does Japan- bloomberg commits inner city mayors and business to paris climate accord

biolight ... ecovent OWR: underwater power source that has up to 130 times the energy density of Li-ion batteries why doesnt every city adopt mit year round student e-celebrations Village Infrastructure Angels
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Saturday, March 30, 2013

interesting (new to me) links 2013q1

New solar-cell design based on dots and wires

MIT researchers improve efficiency of quantum-dot photovoltaic system by adding a forest of nanowires.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

MIT Energy Conference 013 - MIT Energy Conference: “From Idea to Impact: Collaborating to meet global energy challenges.”

This year’s student-run conference, held March 1,2, featured several panel discussions led by leaders from energy industries and academia, as well as keynote addresses by former energy secretary Bill Richardson and by David Crane, the CEO of NRG Energy, the nation’s leading independent power generator.

Crane, speaking in an informal question-and-answer with Melanie Kenderdine, executive director of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), and a large audience in MIT’s Stata Center, said that part of the problem with bringing innovation to the electricity sector is that “we exist in an industry of Neanderthals …

help list 10 most exciting youth-led energy projects of 2013 - nominations welcome

Tuesday, March 5, 2013


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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Richardson, Boston 2 March 2013 demanded a rapid retreat from fossil fuels. “One hundred and forty-five countries are making renewable energy the centerpiece of their policies,” he said. “How do we move from a static energy policy and reliance on fossil fuels to sustainable, renewable clean energy?”

History shows new sources of energy are one of two innovations that explain widespread human progress- Norman Macrae, The Economist

Brookings 14 December : Ours is the first generation to know about climate change and the last with a chance to resolve it. Moreover, China's decision-makers are determined to help their peoples and worldwide youth lead the way on this

Extract from The Economist Intelligence Unit, Gregor Macdonald

It is almost certainly the case that humanity has entered a third, historic energy transition. The first two, from wood to coal in the 18th century and then coal to oil in the 20th century, in retrospect seem obvious in their outcomes. But no such benefit of hindsight exists today as economies--western in particular--struggle with the end of cheap oil. Left to cast about for the next primary energy source, energy futurists have probed everything from algae to thorium as industrialism limps slowly away from fossil fuels. But one technology offers promise: solar. Long considered too expensive to consider, solar may now be too cheap to ignore. Solar panels, employed to capture the diffuse rays of the sun, have crashed in price in recent years causing havoc among solar manufacturers. Panels are now barely one quarter of the price they were in 2008. The benefits have accrued instead to users, as efficiency of photovoltaic capture continues to advance, while price continues to decline. The result? Nearly exponential growth in installed, global solar capacity