My reporting as MIT Technology Review’s senior editor for energy has taken me, among other places, to the oil-rich deserts of the Middle East and to China, where mountains are being carved away to build the looming cities.
Growing up, I lived for a time in the Philippines, where I knew people who lit their tiny homes with single lantern batteries or struggled to breathe through the dense diesel fumes of Manila, so I have a feel for the pressing need around the world for both cheap energy and clean energy.
The panel presented highlights of technologies and approaches to energy-efficient building, featuring John Sterman, Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management and engineering systems director, System Dynamics Group; Nicholas Gayeski, doctoral candidate in Building Technology Program; Walt Henry, Department of Facilities; and Harvey Michaels, Department of Urban Studies and Planning and MITEI. This discussion took place on January 14, 2009, as part of Energy Futures Week.
Kevin Bullis, Technology Review’s energy editor, spoke with Frank Weber and Tony Posowatz, GM executives, about GM’s new plug-in hybrid electric car called the Volt, and then took a test version of the vehicle for a rare test drive. (Note: The speed of the car, referenced in the video, is kilometers per hour.)