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MIT has tremendous expertise in nuclear energy. We also have the multidisciplinary skills needed to turn nuclear research on paper or in the laboratory into a functional system. MIT could partner with Transatomic and others to develop...

David A. Radue April 28, 2015
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Years ago there was a salvage room in A1. You could go there for a random power supply you needed for a project. Eventually that room got taken over by another group. Then it moved down to D1 which wasn't as easy to get to, but it...

Erik S. Wile April 27, 2015
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We know what equipment folks [labs] own. We may not initially know how much power each individual item takes, but we might be able to generalize based on category, and take measurements of specific pieces to get a better sense. We could...

Erik S. Wile April 27, 2015
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Some folks' justification for leaving their computers on 24x7 is that they might need to remote in to their computer after hours. If the default supported IT configuration was to have Wake On Lan enabled, and have machines hibernate to...

Erik S. Wile April 27, 2015
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Sure there are some things that need to be left on 24x7. Possibly even some things that need to be up weeknights but might as well be off on the weekends. Make everyone justify if their equipment [desktop pc, server, lab signal...

Erik S. Wile April 27, 2015
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On campus the "workday" isn't as well defined, but in some of the labs there is a notion of end of day checks that are already done. We should add some component of trying to reduce energy waste to these checks. Make sure that lab...

Erik S. Wile April 27, 2015
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There are hundreds of great proposals in this Idea Bank, from campus efficiency improvements and broadly impactful educational initiatives, to defending climate science and engaging with policymakers, to bold paradigm-shifting...

Patrick Richard Brown April 27, 2015
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The arguments for fossil fuel divestment - presented in other proposals in this Idea Bank, and delivered convincingly at the Divestment Debate - are convincing, and campus support seems overwhelming. Assuming MIT will do the right thing...

Patrick Richard Brown April 27, 2015
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141 nations have signed on to the Copenhagen Accord, signaling their intention to prevent “dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system” by “hold[ing] the increase in global temperature below 2 degrees Celsius”.

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Patrick Richard Brown April 27, 2015
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Though I lack the details of cost that MIT and Lincoln laboratory pay for electricity, it would seem that Solarcity's microgrid services could be a viable solution to MIT's power consumption. Since Solarcity supplies the panels, there...

Tadd B Hughes April 27, 2015
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