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Emerging Trends in Natural Gas – Finding New Sources of Demand

Emerging Trends in Natural Gas – Finding New Sources of Demand

Apr 6, 2012

The recent advent of shale gas has disrupted the U.S. energy market, causing entrepreneurs to jump on what many consider a once-in-a-generation opportunity.  Money has begun chasing natural gas deals including professional investors such as Venture Capital and Private Equity firms all the way down to the retail investor.  Some of hottest stocks this year have...

Entrepreneurship in India – Lessons from the Indian Solar Sector

Entrepreneurship in India – Lessons from the Indian Solar Sector

Jan 24, 2012

  In November 2009, the Prime Minister of India announced the country’s first national solar policy. Christened the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, the plan envisioned the installation of an ambitious 20,000 MW of solar power nationwide by 2022. It signaled the arrival of large-scale solar in India, and with it attracted tremendous...

MIT’s New Nuclear Reactor: an Interview with Transatomic Power

MIT’s New Nuclear Reactor: an Interview with Transatomic Power

Jan 9, 2012

  MIT students have a lot of resources available to them if they want to start a new company. In fact, many do so while still students. One such example is Transatomic Power. Two nuclear engineering graduate students have applied some of their research and PhD work to develop a new nuclear reactor design. They have created a company, Transatomic Power, to...

How to Drive Adoption of a Smart Grid Platform: A look inside Trilliant

How to Drive Adoption of a Smart Grid Platform: A look inside Trilliant

Sep 6, 2011

 The utility industry is hitting an inflection point.  This statement would have been unthinkable for the last five decades, but a few forces have converged, prodding the industry out of its conventional ways.  Inexpensive wireless technology, political pressure to integrate renewables, and increasing demand will compel utilities to move forward...

Promethean Power at Greentown Labs

Promethean Power at Greentown Labs

Jun 20, 2011

Promethean Power, a 2007 MIT $100K runner-up, just installed a solar milk chiller in India, and received a $150,000 National Science Foundation grant for thermal storage battery research. The company's co-founders, Sam White and MIT alumnus Sorin Grama, operate out of a unique incubator that combines offices, shop floor space, and shared resources and...

Going beyond 50 miles

Going beyond 50 miles

Jun 19, 2011

2011 is a remarkable year for electric vehicles. GM is finally rolling out the long‑anticipated, plug‑in hybrid Chevrolet Volt, and Nissan is releasing their full‑electric Leaf—both bringing the first electric vehicles to the mass market.  At price tags of $40,000 and $33,000 (retail) respectively, both Volt and Leaf offer about ~50 miles of...