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MIT Professor Speaks in Abu Dhabi about the Future of Clean Transport

Dr Yet-Ming Chiang says “low cost energy storage will be a technology linchpin” during lecture sponsored by Masdar Institute

Dr. Yet-Ming Chiang, Kyocera Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) gave a lecture today on Electrical Energy Storage to Enable Clean Transportation, as part of the Masdar Institute – MIT Energy Initiative, Distinguished Lecture Series, in Abu Dhabi, at the Yas Island Rotana Hotel, Ballroom, Yas Marina.

During the lecture Dr Chiang said that: “Clean energy has become a global imperative, and efficient, low cost energy storage will be a technology linchpin as we increasingly rely on renewable sources including wind and solar. The past decade has seen advances in battery technology foment a revolution in electric transportation – and the coming decade will see similar growth in renewable energy and electric grid efficiency enabled by large scale energy storage.”

Dr. Yet-Ming Chiang is a leading scientist, educator, and entrepreneur in the field of electrical energy storage for the purpose of clean transportation. During his lecture Dr. Chiang discussed this issue in the context of global energy security and climate change concerns, which have accelerated the electrification of vehicles, aided by advances in battery technology. The ability to store electrical energy efficiently, cheaply and at large scale is a critical unmet need in the drive towards a low carbon economy. As Abu Dhabi looks towards a more sustainable future, as set out in its 2030 Economic Vision, the issue is of significant local importance.

About Dr. Yet-Ming Chiang
Dr Chiang is the Kyocera Professor in the Department of Materials and Science and Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His research focuses on the design, synthesis, and characterization of advanced inorganic materials and related devices. Dr. Chiang’s honours include election to the US Academy of Engineering. He has published about 200 scholarly articles and holds about 20 issued patents and 30 pending patent applications.

About Masdar Institute
Masdar Institute of Science and Technology (Masdar Institute) was established by the government of Abu Dhabi as a not-for-profit, private graduate university to serve as a “knowledge-hub” in the region to develop indigenous R&D capacity in Abu Dhabi addressing issues of importance to the region.
 
With the assistance of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Masdar Institute has developed an academic and research platform that articulates its mission and vision according to critical energy and sustainability challenges. An important characteristic of Masdar Institute is its focus on complex real-world problems that require a multidisciplinary approach for the development of solutions from an integrated technology, systems and policy perspective.  This multi-interdisciplinary and integrated approach is supported by the structure of its academic programs and by the emphasis placed on engaging external partners from industry, government, and other academic institutions in collaborative activities.
 
Masdar Institute offers degrees in:

 
• MSc Engineering Systems and Management
• MSc Computing and Information Science
• MSc Materials Science and Engineering
• MSc Mechanical Engineering
• MSc Water and Environmental Engineering
• MSc Microsystems Engineering
• MSc Electrical Power Engineering
• Interdisciplinary Doctoral Degree PhD program

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