Spent nuclear fuel contains long-lived radioactive materials which should be isolated from the biosphere for more than a hundred thousand years. The transmutation technology is to change long-lived nuclides to short-lived or stable ones so that the burden of nuclear waste management can be largely reduced. The Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) is conducting research and development on Partitioning and Transmutation technology, aiming at reduction of burden for high-level radioactive wastes. To transmute minor actinides such as neptunium and americium effectively, irradiation of them by fast neutrons is considered as a promising way, because fission reactions can directly transmute them. For this purpose, JAEA is developing an Accelerator-Driven System (ADS), which is a hybrid nuclear system coupling a subcritical reactor with a spallation neutron source driven by a high-power proton accelerator.
The phenomenal rise of production of natural gas from shale formations in the US is having a dramatic impact on the energy and manufacturing landscape, but has also raised environmental concerns about water, air, and climate impacts. Two University of Michigan reports have addressed issues and options related to shale gas production in Michigan, and impacts and opportunities for US manufacturing. Technological and business opportunities that can help ensure that shale gas becomes a bridge to a cleaner energy future. Join us for a panel discussion focusing on issues and options relative to shale gas production in Michigan, moderated by Liesl Clark of 5 Lakes Energy.
An exciting look at how Germany is transforming its energy system from fossil and nuclear to renewables dominance - the Energy Institute and Erb Institute are welcoming Dr. Frank Behrendt, Chair for Energy Process Engineering and Conversion Technologies for Renewable Energies at the Berlin Institute of Technology (Technische Universität Berlin).
The Energy Institute welcomes Dr. Frank Behrendt, Chair for Energy Process Engineering and Conversion Technologies for Renewable Energies at the Berlin Institute of Technology (Technische Universität Berlin), for a technical seminar.
The Internet of Things (IoT) is enabling a whole new level of innovation and functionality in just about every sector, including energy. Come learn about innovation occurring in Michigan and technology developers that are leading the charge.
In the ever-lasting efforts of reducing emissions, improving efficiencies, and enhancing safety for ground vehicles, importance of control systems has been growing rapidly due to the substantially elevated system complexities contributed by the fast technological advances in various relevant fields. Accompanied with the quick evolution of vehicle technologies, designs of vehicle estimation and control systems have become much more challenging and critical as well. This talk introduces a variety of vehicle system estimation and control research activities aiming to clean, efficient, and safe ground transportation. Innovative syntheses of estimation and control theories with physical understanding of engine, aftertreatment, and vehicle chassis systems will be emphasized through examples. Along with the system analytical designs, experimental and simulation results will be given to demonstrate the importance and efficacy of the control systems for current and future ground vehicles. Guest Speaker Junmin Wang, Director Vehicle Systems and Control Laboratory, Ohio State University.
The trend in energy consumption analytics is to know how your building is operating - in real time. The data will be collected from building energy management systems (BEMS) and then analyzed in various ways to inform building owners and facility managers where exactly their buildings are using energy and how to then optimize energy performance. The more integrated the BEMS is with the HVAC, lighting, water, process and other building functions, the more costly and complicated systems will be. Balancing the cost of investment with the level of information desired must be considered as these systems get deployed in more and more buildings. Some systems have been installed for years; others are being developed with much anticipation from the promise of the Internet of Things. Join in this discussion as we look more closely at the development of building and home energy management systems. Moderated by Brindley Byrd.
The Department of Environmental and Water Resources Engineering welcomes Bruce Logan from Penn State University, Evan Pugh Professor, Stan & Flora Kappe Professor of Environmental Engineering, and Director of the Engineering Energy & Environmental Institute.
Emerging technologies and a new outlook on our world can help us be more energy efficient than ever before and expand the use of clean energy. In this age of extreme weather, dramatically fluctuating fuel prices, and unpredictable power outages, the question is: how resilient are you? Drawing on his expertise in energy efficiency and clean energy, Sean Reed will help attendees understand our rapidly changing world and how to make smart decisions about energy – in their business and family life. As Sean will explain, the time is right to seize this opportunity. We can take control of our energy future, but we must act now.