Energy-efficient design

Designing energy-efficient buildings can be challenging: Incorporating features that decrease the energy needed to run them often increases the energy-intensive materials required to build them, and vice versa. Now an MIT team has demonstrated a computer simulation that can help architects optimize their designs for both future operational energy and…

Continue reading

A step toward renewable diesel

MIT engineers have genetically reprogrammed a strain of yeast so that it converts sugars to fats much more efficiently, an advance that could make possible the renewable production of high-energy fuels such as diesel. The researchers, led by Gregory Stephanopoulos, the Willard Henry Dow Professor of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology…

Continue reading

U.S. Department of Energy announces MIT Energy Initiative will join new Manufacturing USA Institute

The MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) will share faculty expertise in clean energy innovation as an academic and research collaborator of the new Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment (RAPID) Manufacturing Institute, which the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced as the newest — and 10th — institute in the…

Continue reading