MIT: China’s climate policy ‘could more than pay for itself’

The study estimates fewer deaths from air pollution could lead to savings of $339bn in 2030 – four times the cost of meeting China’s climate goals.

Nuclear fusion ‘could be on the grid in 15 years’

Scientists at MIT are working with new private company Commonwealth Fusion Systems to develop a working pilot plant

GE joins MIT energy initiative, provides $7.5m

GE is to join the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) research programme aimed at advancing technology solutions to help transform global energy systems. It will become a member of the MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) and is providing $7.5 million (£5.7m) over a five-year period for its research efforts. GE will play an active role in the […]

Could a hybrid system halve coal plant emissions?

Slashing greenhouse gas emissions hasn’t always been an easy task for the coal industry but a new process is believed to potentially change that. Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have been working on a plan to find a cleaner way to use coal and reduce emissions. The method proposed by Professor Ronald […]

More R&D funding ‘can accelerate the world energy revolution’

More investment in research and development (R&D) is needed from governments to accelerate the transition to a low carbon energy system. That’s according to a report by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) which reveals how supporting R&D and not just a carbon tax, might be the best way to help clean energy technologies compete […]

Governments ‘should implement carbon tax to get rid of fossil fuels’

The energy sector won’t stop using fossil fuels if governments’ policies don’t include taxes on carbon emissions. That’s according to Christopher Knittel, an energy economist at the MIT Sloan School of Management who also said: “If we don’t adopt new policies, we’re not going to be leaving fossil fuels in the ground. “We need both […]

Could your clothing store solar heat?

Imagine if your shirt or dress could release heat to keep you warm during the winter months. Even more, what if it could dial back on your thermostat setting and have the right temperature if you enter a cooler room? Well according to researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), that could be possible […]

Global mercury emission cuts ‘will double US economic benefits’

Global action on reducing mercury emissions will lead to twice the economic benefits for the US. That’s according to a new study which compared the benefits of domestic regulation and an international policy to reduce mercury globally. The MIT Energy Initiative researchers found global policy would lead to $339 billion (£223bn) and $104 billion (£68.4bn) in lifetime and […]

New ceramic nuclear part ‘could prevent more Fukushimas’

American scientists say swapping a building material used in nuclear power reactors could prevent accidents like the triple blow-out at Fukushima power plant in Japan. Researchers at MIT claim that replacing the metal cladding around fuel rods in water-cooled nuclear reactors with a special ceramic could cut the risk of explosion. At Fukushima in 2011, […]

‘More efficient’ way of scrubbing CO2 from power plant emissions

Scientists in the United States claim they have found a more efficient way to remove carbon dioxide from power plant emissions. Capturing the carbon released when burning fossil fuels has become a holy grail for some who see CCS technology as a way for nations to continue using older power stations until renewable energy sources […]