Friday, October 02, 2015

ANN ARBOR—The opening of the University of Michigan Energy Institute's Battery Fabrication and Characterization User Facility, or Battery Lab, today further expands the Midwest's rapidly growing battery research and manufacturing capabilities.

The open-access lab will provide space to build and test battery concepts while fully protecting the intellectual property of its users. The lab's capabilities have already attracted global user interest from startups, established corporations and academics.

Friday, October 02, 2015

A University of Michigan engineering professor will lead a national consortium to identify emerging advanced manufacturing technologies to enhance the country’s innovation ecosystem, manufacturing competitiveness and national security, the White House announced today.

Sridhar Kota, the Herrick Professor of Engineering at U-M and director of the Institute for Manufacturing Leadership, will lead MForesight: The Alliance for Manufacturing Foresight.

Thursday, October 01, 2015

The German carmaker has admitted fitting as many as 11 million diesel cars with software that detected when a test was being run and altered the engine performance so it would pass. The company has suspended sales of those vehicles and CEO Martin Winterkorn quit as investigators from Washington to Berlin have promised to punish those responsible.

"This is a warning that the regulators can never afford to let down their guard," said John DeCicco, a researcher who worked on overhauling EPA test procedures in the 1990s. "They can't just accept lab results."

Friday, September 25, 2015

A readiness test: What if oil spewed into the Great Lakes?
Detroit Free Press

Canadian oil transport giant Enbridge, the U.S. Coast Guard and several other federal, state and local agencies took to the waters of the Great Lakes Thursday in boats big and small, testing their preparedness and capabilities to contain what many consider as the worst of nightmare scenarios for the Great Lakes: a leak in Enbridge's Line 5 pipeline that runs along the bottom of the Straits of Mackinac.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Huei Peng, of the University of Michigan Energy Institute and the Department of Mechanical Engineering, has been named the Roger L. McCarthy Professor of Engineering, effective this month.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

ANN ARBOR—University of Michigan researchers today released the final version of a report analyzing policy options for the state of Michigan regarding high-volume hydraulic fracturing, the natural gas and oil extraction process commonly known as fracking.

The final report of the U-M Hydraulic Fracturing in Michigan Integrated Assessment consists of six chapters totaling nearly 200 pages. The two-part integrated assessment took three years to complete and is the most comprehensive Michigan-focused resource on high-volume hydraulic fracturing.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Capitalism must evolve to solve the climate crisis

There are two extremes in the debate over capitalism’s role in our present climate change problem. On the one hand, some people see climate change as the outcome of a consumerist market system run rampant. In the end, the result will be a call to replace capitalism with a new system that will correct our present ills with regulations to curb market excesses.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

This fall, Daniel Raimi joins the Energy Institute as a Research Specialist in Energy, Technology, Policy, and Economics, and a lecturer at the Ford School for Public Policy. He has worked on a range of energy policy issues including the public finance effects of unconventional oil and gas production, state fiscal policy design for oil and gas production, the climate implications of shale gas development, and federal climate policy design.

Daniel Raimi
Friday, September 04, 2015

Michigan announces state-based strategy to comply with Clean Power Plan

More than half of Michigan’s renewable energy capacity would not count towards its carbon-reduction goals under the federal Clean Power Plan, state officials said today.

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Energy policy has become a hot political topic again in the U.S., with issues surrounding oil and gas fracking, renewables, and environmental stewardship top-of-mind for a growing percentage of legislators, corporate interests and voters. And with energy issues come front groups paid for by energy companies. We hear messaging from front groups frequently during elections, but it may be hard to recognize them and even harder to know who is behind them these days.  

Monday, August 31, 2015

This summer, in most parts of the country, average pump prices have been nearly a dollar per gallon lower than the previous three years. But the price of oil can be quite volatile, and so what do consumers say they'd do if gasoline became unaffordable?

Personal vehicles are a staple form of transportation for most U.S. consumers, whether for traveling to work or escaping to distant places. Moreover, cars have a long-standing symbolic link with Americans’ sense of independence. Not surprisingly, pressures to reduce car use often evoke psychological resistance. 

Since its inception in October 2013, the University of Michigan Energy Survey has asked U.S. consumers, in an open-ended format, about what they would do differently to get around if gasoline prices reached a level that they thought would be personally unaffordable. Understanding consumers’ responses can shed light on this important energy-related aspect of decision making.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Is a Michigan hydro pumped storage facility clean and renewable? 

Midwest Energy News

The Ludington Pumped Storage hydroelectric facility in western Michigan is a clean and renewable energy source that should receive credits for its ability to reduce carbon emissions, according to various state and federal lawmakers.