MIT’s energy initiative reaches a milestone.

MITEI@5

MIT's energy initiative reaches a milestone.

Ernest Moniz is shown before a world map depicting energy consumption from space. Photo: Len Rubenstein / World map courtesy NASA

Energy for the Future

Since the creation of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) five years ago, the world’s energy landscape has changed.

Ruben Juanes examines fluids in out-of-the-way places in the earth’s crust. Photo: Len Rubenstein

Trickle Down Effect

Ruben Juanes’ work has profound implications for carbon sequestration, which can help prevent global warming.

Michael Triantafyllou is giving vessels fish-like perception.  Photo: Len Rubenstein

Going With the Flow

Michael Triantafyllou says that as oil and gas companies operate in deep waters, under-water robots are essential to the world’s energy supply.

Christopher Knittel focuses on transportation policy. Photo: Len Rubenstein

The Economics of Energy

A major part of Christopher Knittel’s attention-getting research focuses on the economics of transportation policy.

Henry Jacoby at the liquified natural gas tanks in Chelsea, MA. Photo: Len Rubenstein

The Future of Natural Gas

Henry Jacoby co-leads a key study on natural gas, a fuel that has become the largest U.S. energy story in decades.

John Lienhard (left) examines the energy footprint of water, while Ahmed Ghoniem (right) examines the water footprint of energy.  Photo: Len Rubenstein

The Energy-Water Nexus

John Lienhard examines the energy footprint of water, while Ahmed Ghoniem examines the water footprint of energy.

Kristala Jones Prather is working to develop a better biofuel. Photo: Len Rubenstein

Biofuel in the Pipeline

Kristala Prather is designing a better biofuel — one that’s closer to the octane of gasoline.

Prof. Karen Gleason has come up with a low-cost, environmentally friendly way to make solar cells on ordinary tracing paper. Photo: Len Rubenstein

Solar Cells on Paper

Karen Gleason develops a low-cost, environmentally friendly way to make solar cells on tracing paper, which one day might charge a cell phone.

Left: Marc Baldo is shown with solar concentrators developed 
by his group. Photo: Len Rubenstein<br />
Right: Jeffrey Grossman and colleagues are developing a “rechargeable heat battery.” Photo: Richard Howard

Power From Nature

Marc Baldo and Jeffrey Grossman say that if it weren’t for MIT’s Energy Initiative, they wouldn’t have federal support.

Left: Doug Spreng. Photo: Amy Marcott; Middle: Arunas Chesonis. Photo: Len Rubenstein;
Right: Prof. Robert Jaffe. Photo: Donna Coveney

Why We Give

Donor gifts to the MIT Energy Initiative help transform the Institute and the world.

John Ochsendorf examines tile vault construction at MIT which inspired him to create a dramatically low-carbon building in South Africa. Photo: Len Rubenstein

Building Wise

John Ochsendorf is designing zero-energy buildings for the world.

Left: Kwabena Bediako is working on an “artificial leaf” to make chemical fuel.  <br />
Right: Lucy Fan is helping to guide the evolution of the electrical grid. Photo: Richard Howard

An Energy Education

MIT students Kwabena Bediako and Lucy Fan are now contributing to the world’s energy future.

Catherine Drennan says it might one day be possible for enzymes to convert some of energy’s waste products into energy. Photo: Len Rubenstein

Carbon-Capturing Enzymes

Catherine Drennan says it might one day be possible for enzymes to convert some of energy’s waste products into energy.

Kripa Varanasi’s tough new nanoengineered surfaces and coatings could make energy systems more efficient. Photo: Len Rubenstein

Nano-Repellents

Kripa Varanasi’s tough new nano-engineered surfaces and coatings could make energy systems more efficient.

For students like Caleb Waugh, a doctoral student in nuclear science and engineering, energy has become more like a movement. Photo: Richard Howard

The Power Generation

Caleb Waugh, co-president of MIT’s Energy Club and a doctoral student in nuclear science and engineering, says that energy is the defining challenge of this generation.

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