Posts tagged: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

An All-Liquid Battery For Storing Solar And Wind Energy

Making alternative energy cheaper and more reliable By Francie Diep You could call it a rainy-day fund. A team of MIT researchers has built an all-liquid battery prototype that’s designed to store excess energy from solar and wind power plants. When the sun isn’t shining, or the wind isn’t blowing, future versions of this battery could […]

MIT creates graphite ‘solar sponge’ that converts sunlight into steam with 85% efficiency

By Sebastian Anthony   MIT is reporting that it has created a new, cheap material — using a microwave, no less — that converts sunlight into steam with an amazing 85% efficiency. This could have major repercussions in the realms of desalination and sterilization, and perhaps for concentrated solar thermal power generation as well. The […]

Scientists Discover How to Generate Solar Power in the Dark

By Todd Woody The next big thing in solar energy could be microscopic. Scientists at MIT and Harvard University have devised a way to store solar energy in molecules that can then be tapped to heat homes, water or used for cooking. The best part: The molecules can store the heat forever and be endlessly […]

Next Form of Renewable Energy Could Be Up In the Air

Could our next big source of renewable energy come from thin air? Well, not exactly — but moist, dense air holds a great deal of promise. While researching how water droplets interact with water-repellent or “hydrophobic” surfaces, engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) discovered that, in the right conditions, water droplets spontaneously leap […]

Rechargeable flow batteries could be cheaper solution to renewable energy storage

Researchers at MIT have developed a battery that could bring us reliable and cheap large scale energy storage. Based on flow battery technology, the researchers took out the costly membrane and created a battery that has a power density that is an order of magnitude higher than lithium-ion batteries and three times greater than other […]