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Most electrical energy in the US is derived from the combustion of fossil fuels. Research within EECS at MIT aims to increase the efficiency of electrical energy generation and shift to renewable sources such as wind or solar.

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Thermoelectrics | Solar Photovoltaics | Thermophotovoltaics | Turbine projects | Micro Energy Harvesters | Storage

Fig. 2: Electricity derivation sources in the US

Fig. 2. Approximately 72% of electricity within the US is derived directly from the consumption of fossil fuels. Data from the Energy Information Agency, "Annual Energy Review 2006," Report No. DOE/EIA-0384(2006): http://www.eia.doe.gov/emeu/aer/contents.html and "Annual Energy Outlook 2007," Report No. DOE/EIA- 0383(2007): http://www.eia.doe.gov/oiaf/aeo/index.html.

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