The MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI), an interdisciplinary Program of the University set up to tackle the World's most pressing problem of creating a low carbon clean energy infrastructure welcomes GE, the powerhouse industrial group, as a sustaining member into the Program.
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are once again entering the solar technology field to help solve one of solar's most pressing questions: how can we efficiently store and transport solar energy?
1366 Technologies raised $20 million this week in second round funding from Hanwha Chemical and Ventizz Capital, along with earlier investors Polaris Venture Partners and North Bridge Venture Partners. 1366, whose name refers to the amount of sunlight hitting the earth (1366 watts per square meter), has developed a solar manufacturing process that will cut the cost of solar cells by 40 percent.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology is tinkering with another creative solution to their daunting research task of improving solar energy. Just one month ago, they announced regenerative solar cells, a type of solar cell mimicking plant cells' regenerative abilities to keep their efficiency high in the face of sun damage. Now, MIT has produced a paper-thin solar cell that could be used to cover windows.
A research team at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) just developed a potentially revolutionary solar technology: solar cells that regenerate to limit sun damage. They got the idea from chloroplasts, the cells present in plant tissue where photosynthesis takes place. In case high school biology feels somewhat hazy, photosynthesis is the process by which plants convert the sun's energy into sugars, a form of energy they can use. This process takes place in special cells within plants' leaves called (wait for it...) chloroplasts!