Where Einstein Meets Edison

‘Kung-fu’-ting on the Copenhagen Metro

‘Kung-fu’-ting on the Copenhagen Metro

Apr 13, 2011

  People are not rational creatures when it comes to commuting.  Despite a 200% automobile tax ($60,000 for a $20,000 car), sky-high gas prices of about $6 per gallon, and the highest parking rates in the world, 38% of Copenhageners commute to work by car, among the highest of their European peers with Berliners at 12%.  The Copenhagen Metro,...

Next Generation Energy Storage

Next Generation Energy Storage

Mar 21, 2011

There is a lot of talk about storage being the next breakthrough in energy.  My fellow undergrad alumni and now PhD candidate Betar Gallant believes the Electrochemical Energy Lab (http://web.mit.edu/eel/) may have two unique solutions.  Under Professor Yang Shao-Horn of Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science and Engineering, the lab is...

AC/DC Controversy of the 1880s Applied to Natural Gas Today: Reflections after the 2011 MIT Energy Conference

AC/DC Controversy of the 1880s Applied to Natural Gas Today: Reflections after the 2011 MIT Energy Conference

Mar 14, 2011

In the 1880s, Thomas Edison was locked in a battle with the legendary inventor Nikola Tesla and the entrepreneur George Westinghouse.  Edison argued that alternating current was “impractical” and highly dangerous.  He supported the demonstration of electrocution of numerous animals to show the press and the public the danger of alternating...

The Cost Dilemma: Why Are Batteries So Expensive?

The Cost Dilemma: Why Are Batteries So Expensive?

Mar 14, 2011

            As battery and fuel researchers, there is one question we frequently get asked (especially during Thanksgiving and other family gatherings):  “What will it take for electric vehicles (EVs) to become affordable for the common man?”  Currently, with battery costs alone comprising an estimated 25-50% of...

Interview with Ric Fulop: Serial Entrepreneur and Founder of A123 (Part II)

Interview with Ric Fulop: Serial Entrepreneur and Founder of A123 (Part II)

Feb 23, 2011

Part II Ric Fulop is a general partner at North Bridge Venture Partners and a serial entrepreneur who has started six companies during his career.  He is most known for the creation of A123 – a developer and manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries.  Read Part I of the interview. How did A123’s vision of the application of its technology change over...

Interview with Ric Fulop: Serial Entrepreneur and Founder of A123 (Part I)

Interview with Ric Fulop: Serial Entrepreneur and Founder of A123 (Part I)

Feb 22, 2011

Part IRic Fulop is a general partner at North Bridge Venture Partners and a serial entrepreneur who has started six companies during his career.  He is most known for the creation of A123 – a developer and manufacturer of lithium-ion batteries.  Ric is a MIT Sloan graduate who founded A123 at the age of 26. The company’s nanoscale electrode...