Invitation to Submit for 2020 2nd Annual “MIT A+B” Applied Energy Symposium, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

Dear All,

The IPCC report “Global Warming of 1.5°C” (Oct. 2018) issued a dire warning that unless CO2 emissions are halved by 2030, devastating changes, which will be sooner than expected and irreversible, will occur in ocean and on land. Time is running out for transitioning to new energy systems globally. Logic and numbers show that the world must take a two-step approach: (A) deploy existing, industrially proven technologies, namely solar, wind and nuclear baseload at an unprecedented scale and pace, from now to 2050 — when a house catches fire, firemen must run to the closest hydrants and stop disputing which water stream would be purer; and (B) develop new concepts and technologies that may replace the dirtier parts of (A) post-2050, at terawatt scale. The Applied Energy Symposium: MIT “A+B” (MITAB) is dedicated to the accelerated deployment of (A), and new concepts and emerging technologies for (B).

MITAB2020 is the 2nd annual conference co-organized by MIT, Harvard, and Applied Energy Innovation Institute, on May 17-19, 2020, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA. Outstanding papers will be recommended by the session chair and Scientific Committee to be further considered for publication in a special issue of Applied Energy (Journal Impact Factor 8.4).

Details and updated information of MITAB2020 Conference:


Submission of MITAB2020 links:

Submission format is flexible: a file (<20 MB) containing a video or voice file (≤10 min), or a Powerpoint presentation (≤30 slides) or a traditional abstract (300-1000 words) or a short version paper (≤6 pages). Submission starts on November 20, 2019, ends on February 10, 2020.

Some of 2019 1st “MIT A+B”’s videos with presenters’ permission:


Examples of topics include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Renewable energy: solar energy (A or B), wind energy (A), bioenergy (A or B), and other renewables.
  • Clean energy conversion technologies: fuel cells and electrolyzers (A or B), conversion of petroleum/gas/coal to high-valued materials and chemicals (A), hybrid energy systems, such as the combination of intermittent renewable energies and nuclear heat storage for load following, chemicals/materials/fuel production (A or B), multi-energy carrier energy systems (A or B).
  • Energy storage: grid-scale batteries (A), battery management systems (A), fuel cell/ electrolyzer management systems (A), pumped hydro/compressed air (A), thermal energy storage (A or B), distributed energy storage (A).
  • Nuclear energy: innovative concrete solutions and civil constructions (A), application of robotics and AI (A), shipyard constructed floating reactors (A), small modular reactors and micro-reactors (A or B), fast neutron reactors (B), fusion reactors (B).
  • Mitigation technologies: Carbon capture and sequestration (B), nuclear waste (A), solar waste (A), battery waste (A), reduced-CO2 production of cement, bulk metals and chemicals (A or B).
  • Intelligent energy systems: smart grids (A), ultra-efficient/superconducting power transmission (B), wireless power transmission (B); electrification of transportation and industrial production, such as electric cars/trucks (A or B), electrified air flight (A or B), microwave/plasma/electrochemical processing (A or B).
  • Sustainability of energy systems: Environmental monitoring (A), social mobilization (A), consensus building (A), governmental policy-making (A), international coordination (A),renewable energy integration (A), energy system decarbonization (A or B), low-carbon power systems and electricity markets (A).
  • Sustainable geoenergy: geothermal (A or B), gas hydrate (A), unconventional natural gas (A), LNG, reducing methane and CO2 emission (A) of oil and gas sector, sustainable geoenergy development and management (A)。
  • Energy, food, water and air: water and air treatment (A), reduced-CO2 production of food (A), Water-Food-Energy Nexus (A).

Given the grave urgency of our mission, we ask authors to be earnest, practical and in a problem-solving mode in their presentations. Creativity will be highly valued.

If you have questions regarding this conference or submission, please contact Conference cofounder and Organization Chair Dr. Ray (Zhenhua) Rui at MIT (

We look forward to meeting you at MIT in Boston, USA.


Chairs of MIT A+B 2020

Prof. Ju Li, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Prof. Michael J. Aziz, Harvard University

Prof. Jinyue Yan, Editor-In-Chief of Applied Energy

Conference website: