Tag: MIT

MIT researchers identify culprit for poor performance of CO2-based fuel conversion

MIT researchers identify culprit for poor performance of CO2-based fuel conversion

January 11, 2022 |

In Massachusetts, if researchers could find a way to chemically convert carbon dioxide into fuels or other products, they might make a major dent in greenhouse gas emissions. But many such processes that have seemed promising in the lab haven’t performed as expected in scaled-up formats that would be suitable for use with a power […]

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MIT researchers use robotic platform to track microbial populations as they evolve

MIT researchers use robotic platform to track microbial populations as they evolve

January 4, 2022 |

In Massachusetts, using a new robotic platform, MIT researchers can simultaneously track hundreds of microbial populations as they evolve new proteins or other molecules. Natural evolution is a slow process that relies on the gradual accumulation of genetic mutations. In recent years, scientists have found ways to speed up the process on a small scale, […]

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MIT engineers develop new way to use nonfood feedstocks for biofuel production

MIT engineers develop new way to use nonfood feedstocks for biofuel production

June 28, 2021 |

In Massachusetts, to try to expand biofuels’ potential impact, a team of MIT engineers has now found a way to expand the use of a wider range of nonfood feedstocks to produce such fuels. At the moment, feedstocks such as straw and woody plants are difficult to use for biofuel production because they first need to […]

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MIT researchers improve CCS technology

MIT researchers improve CCS technology

January 27, 2021 |

In Massachusetts, systems for capturing and converting carbon dioxide from power plant emissions could be important tools for curbing climate change, but most are relatively inefficient and expensive. Now, researchers at MIT have developed a method that could significantly boost the performance of systems that use catalytic surfaces to enhance the rates of carbon-sequestering electrochemical […]

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MIT grows wood in a petri dish

MIT grows wood in a petri dish

January 25, 2021 |

In Boston, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have grown plant tissue, including wood and fibers, in a lab, paving the way for a new method of growing food and materials with less land and inputs.   “If you want a table, then you should just grow a table,” Luis Fernando Velásquez-García, a principal scientist […]

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Aarhus University and MIT develop drop-in fuels from biowaste with new tech

Aarhus University and MIT develop drop-in fuels from biowaste with new tech

December 17, 2020 |

In Denmark, using an unusual, light-dependent enzyme and a newly discovered enzymatic mechanism, researchers from Aarhus University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology have enabled the biological synthesis of high-yield industry relevant production of climate neutral drop-in fuels from biowaste. A special light-dependent enzyme, which was first discovered about three years ago, is the focal point […]

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MIT researchers developing decentralized fertilizer production using hydrogen

MIT researchers developing decentralized fertilizer production using hydrogen

June 16, 2020 |

In Massachusetts, MIT chemical engineers are working to develop a smaller-scale alternative, which they envision could be used to locally produce fertilizer for farmers in remote, rural areas, such as sub-Saharan Africa. Fertilizer is often hard to obtain in such areas because of the cost of transporting it from large manufacturing facilities. In a step […]

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Sweetwater chosen for the MIT STEX25 Accelerator Program

Sweetwater chosen for the MIT STEX25 Accelerator Program

June 14, 2020 |

In Massachusetts, Sweetwater Energy has been selected to become part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s STEX25 accelerator program for growth-stage companies. STEX25 is a business development accelerator within the MIT Startup Exchange. STEX25 is a business development accelerator within the MIT Startup Exchange, of which Sweetwater is a member, featuring 25 industry-ready ventures that […]

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MIT researchers develop flex-fuel hybrid trucks

MIT researchers develop flex-fuel hybrid trucks

April 10, 2019 |

In Massachusetts, heavy-duty trucks, such as the 18-wheelers that transport many of the world’s goods from farm or factory to market, are virtually all powered by diesel engines. They account for a significant portion of worldwide greenhouse gas emissions, but little has been done so far to curb their climate-change-inducing exhaust. Now, researchers at MIT […]

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MIT professor says biomass-based power worse than coal for the environment

MIT professor says biomass-based power worse than coal for the environment

January 29, 2018 |

In Massachusetts, a new report from MIT Sloan professor John Sterman supports the growing argument that burning wood pellets for power is worse for the climate than burning coal, because of the short-term effects and the “potentially irreversible impacts that may arise before the long-run benefits are realized.” “Because combustion and processing efficiencies for wood […]

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