Eta Strives to Double Smart Phone Battery Life

November 5, 2012 / No Comments

The invention of mobiles has taken wireless communication to new heights. But one of the drawbacks is that when compared to tablets, e-readers, and even notebooks, smartphones are power-guzzlers. Many cellphone companies are spending billions on research and development to improve battery technology. An MIT spin-off called Eta Devices, cofounded by two MIT electrical engineering professors Joel Dawson and David Perreault, ...

MIT Scholars Bring Solar Power to Remote African Clinics

August 9, 2012 / 1 Comment

How about powering remote Africa with the sun? MIT scholar Matthew Orosz has done exactly that. He and his team have developed a solar-powered system to provide electricity in remote African clinics. Interior Africa, as of now, uses electricity to light lamps and run medical devices in clinics courtesy of expensive imported diesel fuel. Orosz spent two years in the African ...

MIT’s All-Carbon Solar Cell Captures Infrared Light

June 26, 2012 / No Comments

Researchers at MIT has developed a new kind of solar cell that is capable of harnessing light in the infrared region of the spectrum, unlike the conventional solar cells. It implies that here after we could utilize the entire range of sunlight. The discovery is considered to be a milestone in solar cell technology. This is also the first all-carbon solar ...

New Solar Power System Gives Sun’s Rays the Miss

August 1, 2011 / No Comments

Scientists at MIT have developed a new solar power system that doesn’t need sunlight as its source. They have developed a new photovoltaic energy conversion system, driven by heat, sun’s rays, a hydrocarbon fuel or a decaying radioisotope. Compared to the lithium–ion battery, this button-sized generator battery can run three times longer, giving high efficiency. The discovery is not a new ...

Solar Energy: Would You Love to Store It?

November 1, 2010 / No Comments

Harnessing the sun’s energy for our energy needs is becoming a common concept, but have you ever thought of how, if at all, this energy could be stored? This thought is uppermost in the minds of a team of researchers at MIT, who have been trying to figure out a way of storing solar energy indefinitely. The process they are ...

MIT designed aircraft cuts fuel consumption to just 1/3 of the normal

May 18, 2010 / No Comments

It seems as if a wave of technological and scientific advancements is all set to revolutionize the aviation industry worldwide. After daily news snippets, citing one or the other breakthrough in the field, its researchers from MIT, that is once again riding the wave.

Tiny Desalination Device Cleans Water, Isn’t Energy Hungry

March 25, 2010 / No Comments

The oceans are a vast reserve of water, but the costs associated with desalination are always a deterrent. That the process is energy hungry doesn't make things better in the least. Scientists at MIT though, may have a solution in a tiny package. Scientists have developed a small device, about the same size as a postage stamp, and have managed ...

MIT’s Smart Bike Wheel Revealed

December 15, 2009 / No Comments

Some people at MIT have been working on a smart wheel which can potentially revolutionize bicycle riding - and they just unveiled it at the Copenhagen Conference of Climate Change. The wheel has a battery which stores energy generated by you while you're cycling - and it can use that energy to give you a boost when you need it.

Green Roof? How About Roof Tiles That Change Color Depending on the Temperature?

October 26, 2009 / 1 Comment

We've all heard of green rooftop gardens. But, did you know that a team of recent MIT graduates has developed what could prove to be an even better way to make a roof eco-friendly? These innovators are working to produce roof tiles that change color, depending on the temperature. The tiles become white when it's hot, and then turn black when ...

MIT Students to Build a “Green” Eleanor

April 9, 2009 / No Comments

A grueling 7-day, nearly 1,900-mile race from Darwin to Adelaide across the Australian Outback, the 10th World Solar Challenge will once again test the best solar-powered vehicles from designers and race enthusiasts all across the planet. And since the race that has already attained mythical proportions with its promotion of solar energy and its testing conditions, for this year the ...