By annie shum | October 23, 2009
President Barack Obama toured a research laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he took a tour of some of the cutting edge clean energy technology that has been in development by researchers there. According to a press release from the White House’s office of the press secretary, Obama was scheduled to visit stations at the research lab displaying solar, battery, and wind technology, as well as a LED light experiment. The press release offered a brief overview of the technologies Obama was planning to see:
• At the solar station, Professor Marc Baldo was to show Obama luminescent solar concentrators that collect sunlight for solar cells.
• At the wind station, Professor Alex Slocum was to demonstrate an Offshore Renewable Energy Systems (ORES), for which excess power from a wind turbine pumps water out of a storage volume anchored to the seabed.
• Professors Angela Belcher and Paula Hammond at the battery station were to display a high-power “clean” battery that can be made using biological processes, without toxic materials, and without adding harmful materials to the environment.
• Professor Vladimir Bulovic was to demonstrate quantum dot lighting — a possible replacement for light bulbs or fluorescent lights — that combines warm, rich color with efficient LED technology