Join the Center

In addition to sponsored research projects, Members have access to a variety of invitation-only workshops and conferences in which researchers present recent research results and analysis. Members also benefit from access to exclusive bi-annual MIT-produced techno-economic assessments of the electric power systems industry. As a part of this Center, Members develop important connections with MIT researchers, rising talent, and the MIT/Boston area startup ecosystem, extending a company’s expertise outside its core competencies and creating an expanded expert network.

 

 

Membership benefits

  • High-value information and insights from a variety of structured and informal sources:
    • Exploratory meetings with faculty (facilitated by the Program Manager) to develop research projects on topics of interest to the Member
    • Invitation-only workshops and conferences in which the latest research results and new directions of technology development are presented to and discussed
    • Seed projects and white papers to explore innovative ideas from faculty  
  • Connections with MIT faculty, scientists, and graduate students, which can:
    • Extend a company’s expertise outside its core competencies, creating an expanded expert network
    • Enhance the company’s ability to recruit valuable talent
    • Exposure to the startup ecosystem at MIT and in the Boston area
  • Internationally recognized research:
    • Sponsored research gives the Member access to exploratory fundamental research often not available, due to the high risks involved, to more applied corporate research groups
    • Cost-effective: A sponsor pays only part of the cost of the research it supports
    • IP rights and confidentiality are covered by the Research Agreement or a separate Non-Disclosure Agreement; sponsor has exclusive/non-exclusive licensing rights to patents, and can review research results prior to publication to avoid inadvertent disclosure of confidential information or premature disclosure of patentable information that could damage patent rights

 

Deliverables

  • On-boarding call: Co-Directors review new Member’s objectives and research interests in order to identify faculty best suited for potential collaborations
  • Semi-Annual Workshops focused on research topics identified by faculty and member companies
  • Energy Storage Techno-Economic Assessments, updated twice per year
  • Faculty Exploratory Research Fund: Seed funding of early-stage projects and white papers on topics of joint interest to Members
  • MITEI Annual Research Conference and Associate Member Symposium: All Low-Carbon Energy Center Members and MITEI Members are invited to participate in these invitation-only events
  • Access (limited) to other Low-Carbon Energy Centers’ workshops
  • Seat on the Center’s Advisory Committee: includes participating faculty and MITEI senior leadership, and provides guidance on research directions and priorities

Membership involves an annual minimum financial commitment with an initial 3-year term. A minority portion is allocated to 1) ongoing techno-economic research programs and seed projects, and 2) workshops, symposia, and other interactions with faculty. The majority portion will fund specific research projects selected by the Member. Membership includes Associate Membership in MITEI.

 

Contact

For additional information or to join the Electric Power Systems Center, please contact:

Raanan A. Miller
Executive Director
ramiller@mit.edu
(617) 253-3441

Learn more about the Low-Carbon Energy Centers.

 

 

Current Members