MIT Energy Night 2019 will feature a diverse array of presenters all centered on pushing the edge of energy innovation. From academia to startups, prepare to have your ideas challenged of whats possible in energy!

2019 Showcase Speakers:

7:30 PM - 7:50 PM


Long-duration energy storage systems

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At Form Energy, we are developing a new class of ultra-low-cost, long-duration energy storage systems to make renewable energy available even when the sun sets, or the wind stops blowing. Form’s technology has the potential to transform the electric grid by making renewable energy dispatchable year-round. We recently raised $40 million and are growing our team!

8:00 PM - 8:20 PM

Eric Verploegen, MIT D-Lab

Evaporative cooling for improved vegetable storage in rural areas

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Practical and affordable storage technologies have the potential to prevent food loss, strengthen the perishable food supply chain, and create opportunities for additional income generation. Evaporative cooling devices are simple and inexpensive ways to keep vegetables fresh without the use of electricity. These devices function according to a basic principle called “evaporative cooling,” where the evaporation of water from a surface removes heat, creating a cooling effect. D-Lab is working with organizations in Africa and India to design and disseminate low-cost devices that can be locally made.

8:30 PM - 8:50 PM

Via SepArations


Via Separations is commercializing MIT research on robust graphene oxide membranes that are capable of displacing traditional thermal separation and purification processes. Industrial separation processes account for 12% of US energy consumption and transition to membranes from distillation or evaporation would save 90% of that energy. Via is a venture backed technology spinout based at Greentown Labs in Somerville, MA.

9:00 PM - 9:20 PM



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Cement is the biggest industrial contributor to climate change, responsible for 8% of all CO2 emissions. We’ve developed an electrochemical process for decarbonating CaCO3 and forming Ca(OH)2, which can be readily used to produce alite, a major component of Portland cement, along with concentrated streams of H2, O2, and CO2, which could be captured and sequestered or used for electric power generation, as oxyfuel to improve cement kilns efficiency, or to synthesize products such as liquid fuels. Adoption of this technology could reduce or eliminate the cement industry’s enormous carbon footprint.

More 2019 Presenters


  • MIT: Key Issues Influencing Power System Requirements and Business Models Enabling the Massive Insertion of Wind Generation Plants: Comparative Analysis between Brazil and USA Markets

  • MIT: GridEdge Solar

  • Sunwealth - Sunwealth Solar Impact Fund

  • MIT: PowerForAll


  • MIT RLE: Lithium Ion Cell Comparison & Modeling

  • MIT ChemE: Novel Electrochemical Technique to Track Rapid Decay of Redox Active Species

  • MIT MechE: Thermal Energy Grid Storage (TEGS) Using Multi-Junction Photovoltaics (MPV)

  • MIT Biochem: Biological Battery


  • Ekotrope - Software to Enable More Energy Efficient Homes

  • MIT: Advanced Materials for Energy-Efficient Separations—Zachary Smith Lab

  • MIT: Sustainable Engineering of Energy-Saving Textiles

  • MIT: Laboratory for Electrochemical Interfaces: Functional Oxide Materials for Energy Conversion, Storage and Information Processing

  • MAXWELLIAN - Optical Fibre Humidity Sensor

  • Transaera - Using Metal Organic Framework Materials to Increase the Sustainability of Indoor Farming

  • Aeroshield Materials - Ultra-clear Aerogel for Energy Efficient Windows


  • MIT: Design Features of Small Nuclear Power Plants to Meet Global Energy Needs

  • MIT Nuclear Lab: Research Advancing Nuclear Energy and Safety

  • MIT Nuclear Lab: Future generation nuclear reactors

Emerging Technologies

  • Commonwealth Fusion Systems -SPARC: The fastest path to clean, limitless fusion energy

  • Infinite Cooling: Mitigating water scarcity through novel plume capturing systems

Policy and Impact

  • MIT JP and Basque Centre for Climate Change: Greener and Fairer: A Progressive Environmental Tax Reform for Spain

Smart Grid

  • MIT: Proposal for a DSO-Centric Retail Electricity Market for Smart Distribution Grids

  • DemandQ - Intelligent Demand Optimization

Machine LEarning

  • MIT: Evaluating Solar Cell Degradation via Machine-Learning Assisted Materials Discovery

  • SolarFi - Solar-powered mini-clinics enabled with telemedicine and IoT

  • MIT: Oil and Gas Well Monitoring

  • MIT: Accelerating catalyst discovery with machine learning and automation


  • MIT: Hydrogen Airship Transport

  • MIT Solar Electric Vehicle Team

  • MIT ChemE: Pyrolysis Mechanism of Pentanone—Biofuels


  • MIT: Tree Computer—a Robotic Greenhouse

  • MIT: Decentralized biomass torrefaction for rural fertilizer production


  • Avangrid

  • MassCEC