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    1. New Type of Electrolyte Could Enhance Supercapacitor Performance

      New Type of Electrolyte Could Enhance Supercapacitor Performance

      Supercapacitors, electrical devices that store and release energy, need a layer of electrolyte — an electrically conductive material that can be solid, liquid, or somewhere in between. Now, researchers at MIT and several other institutions have developed a novel class of liquids that may open up new possibilities for improving the efficiency and stability of such devices while reducing their flammability.

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    2. Making Energy Storage So Simple It’s “Boring”

      Making Energy Storage So Simple It’s “Boring”

      One of the key technologies needed to transform world energy supplies away from fossil fuels and toward clean, renewable sources is a cheap and reliable way of storing and releasing energy. That will enable intermittent supplies such as solar and wind power, with their variable and often unpredictable outputs, to store energy that’s produced when it’s not needed and to release it when it’s needed most (or can be sold for the best price).

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    3. MIT Energy Initiative welcomes GE as new member and participant in Low-Carbon Energy Centers

      MIT Energy Initiative welcomes GE as new member and participant in Low-Carbon Energy Centers

      Achieving a future in which everyone has access to affordable, plentiful power — while decarbonizing global energy systems to address climate change and protect our environment — takes numerous sustained, collaborative efforts across all sectors around the world. The MIT Energy Initiative (MITEI) and GE have committed to work together on solving these challenges as GE becomes a Sustaining Member of MITEI with $7.5 million in funding for advanced technology R&D over a five-year period.

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    4. Energy Storage for Renewables can be a Good Investment Today, Study Finds

      Energy Storage for Renewables can be a Good Investment Today, Study Finds

      Utility companies or others planning to install renewable energy systems such as solar and wind farms have to decide whether to include large-scale energy storage systems that can capture power when it’s available and release it on demand. This decision may be critical to the future growth of renewable energy. The choices can be complicated: Would such a system actually pay for itself through increased revenues? If so, which kind of system makes the most sense, and which features of the system are most important? If not, how much cheaper do storage technologies need to be?

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    5. Preparing for Large-Scale Solar Deployment

      Preparing for Large-Scale Solar Deployment

      Deploying solar power at the scale needed to alleviate climate change will pose serious challenges for today’s electric power system, finds a study performed by researchers at MIT and the Institute for Research and Technology (ITT) at Comillas University in Spain. For example, local power networks will need to handle both incoming and outgoing flows of electricity. Rapid changes in photovoltaic (PV) output as the sun comes and goes will require running expensive power plants that can respond quickly to changes in demand. Costs will rise, yet market prices paid to owners of PV systems will decline as more PV systems come online, rendering more PV investment unprofitable at market prices. The study concludes that ensuring an economic, reliable, and climate-friendly power system in the future will require strengthening existing equipment, modifying regulations and pricing, and developing critical technologies, including low-cost, large-scale energy storage devices that can smooth out delivery of PV-generated electricity.

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