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GE Revamps Its Energy Storage Business

After a few initial forays, GE has decided on a new approach to energy storage. The electric industry giant elevated its storage business this year to a standalone unit within the GE Power division. As an "incubator" within the broader company, it will have dedicated funding to pursue storage projects around the world. "We have the direct attention of our CEO," said Mirko Molinari, global commercial and marketing executive for energy etorage at GE Power, in an interview at GTM's Solar Summit Mexico. "We're …

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Putting the brain at the center of anesthesiology

It's intuitive that anesthesia operates in the brain, but the standard protocol among anesthesiologists when monitoring and dosing patients during surgery is to rely on indirect signs of arousal such as movement, and changes in heart rate and blood pressure. Through research in brain science and statistical modeling, Emery N. Brown, an anesthesiologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and neuroscientist at MIT's Picower Institute for Learning and Memory, is …

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How to buy or lease an electric car: advice from owner who’s done it four times

Most shoppers seem to view visiting a franchised auto dealer to negotiate the purchase or lease of a new car with a distinct lack of enthusiasm. In fact, as electric-car driver Douglas Kerr notes, the process is often compared to having a cavity filled. Kerr has now leased or bought four separate electric cars, and he has some advice on reducing...

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Breakthrough Could Make Clean Drinking Water Available To Billions Of People

An international team of researchers has created a new class of materials called metal-organic frameworks that offer the prospect of making abundant supplies of clean drinking water and mining precious metals from sea water cheaply and without large amounts of energy.

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Lawrence S. Bacow ’72 named president of Harvard University

Lawrence S. Bacow '72, whose 24 years on the MIT faculty culminated in three years of service as the Institute's chancellor, was named the next president of Harvard University on Sunday afternoon. Bacow will assume the Harvard presidency on July 1, succeeding Drew Gilpin Faust, who announced last summer that she would step down after 11 years at the post. “Today, as our two institutions seek to tackle the world's great challenges, I look forward to working with Larry,” President L. Rafael Reif wrote in a …

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FCA can settle Jeep, Ram EcoDiesel emission case with fine, recall: Justice Department

While VW is moving toward the end of buybacks, payments, and fines for eight years of cheating on diesel emission standards, Fiat Chrysler is still in the thick of its own diesel mess involving Jeep SUVs and Ram trucks. On February 2, the U.S. Justice Department offered to let the company move forward if it recalls all 104,000 EcoDiesel models of...

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It’s Time to Refine How We Talk About Wholesale Markets

Let's face it, conversations about electricity markets can be ... opaque. The widespread use of jargon creates a steep learning curve for anyone interested in learning about electricity market policy. As a result, existing power plant owners not only shape the policy, they shape the conversation. Three pervasive market terms -- price suppression, capacity payments, and price spikes -- contain hidden biases against good market design and clean energy, and have become accepted into the market vernacular. It's …

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Tesla Model 3 choke point: automated battery line equipment still in Germany?

Sometimes it's the task of the Tesla communications department to explain, or provide context, or simply clean up the confusion after CEO Elon Musk says or tweets something about the electric-car maker. In the latest case, it was Musk's statement about Tesla Model 3 production equipment that required the good people of the company's long-suffering...

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Dispatchable wind and solar: They’ll be the death of coal and gas

It's been a year since the last South Australia blackout and when the Coalition brandished a lump of coal in parliament. And the progress since then has been remarkable – on the cost front, on storage, and the emergence of dispatchable renewables.

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Dispatchable wind and solar: They’ll be the death of coal and gas

It's been a year since the last South Australia blackout and when the Coalition brandished a lump of coal in parliament. And the progress since then has been remarkable – on the cost front, on storage, and the emergence of dispatchable renewables.