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Friday, February 24, 2017

Stabilizing battery storage

University of Michigan News, feat. Melanie Sanford

An issue that has long plagued renewable energy facilities is how to efficiently store energy collected from sun or wind.

Now, University of Michigan and University of Utah chemists have developed an energy-storing molecule that is 1,000 times more stable than current compounds, potentially leading to a longer-lived, more efficient battery.

Friday, February 24, 2017

This summer, an instructional team of battery experts from industry and the University of Michigan will teach a 4-day short course in battery manufacturing.

The program outline is listed below with a brief description of the topics and learning objectives that will be covered.  Course instructors are experts in the various aspects of battery manufacturing, with extensive real-world expertise. The classroom instruction will be complimented with hands-on instruction in the Battery Lab at the University of Michigan. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

An issue that has long plagued renewable energy facilities is how to efficiently store energy collected from sun or wind.

Now, University of Michigan and University of Utah chemists have developed an energy-storing molecule that is 1,000 times more stable than current compounds, potentially leading to a longer-lived, more efficient battery.

The researchers are working to develop industrial-scale batteries that can store large amounts of energy for deployment when the sun sets or the wind stops blowing.

Friday, February 17, 2017

New moves on American wind power

WBUR, feat. Mark Barteau

California was early to wind power. Then the Midwest and beyond – Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas, Illinois. Texas is huge -- number one. Now, the eastern seaboard is jumping in with offshore wind power generation. The turbines are turning out there. Big new deals are inked. The new administration in Washington is talking coal and oil pipelines. But renewables are surging. Where does the American energy mix go, between markets, policy and climate change? This hour On Point, energy in a windstorm.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Racing against the clock, UM scientists look for new ways to remove carbon dioxide from atmosphere

Michigan Radio, feat. John DeCicco

According to NASA, 2016 was the warmest year since record-keeping began in 1880. It was the third straight year to break the record for global average temperatures.

Around the world, governments, businesses and individuals are taking steps to reverse this trend.

Friday, February 03, 2017

Search for the Super Battery

PBS (NOVA), feat. Levi Thompson, Jeff Sakamoto, Neil Dasgupta and Battery Lab Manager Greg Less

Explore the hidden world of energy storage and its potential to unlock a greener future.

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Keystone XL and the Dakota Access Pipeline Controversies explained

The Verge, feat. Mark Barteau

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

This winter, the Battery Lab is expanding to accommodate solid-state battery research for both external users and in-house researchers. Solid-state batteries promise higher energy density and no chance of catching fire. With more development, they could one day replace lithium ion technology.

Monday, January 30, 2017

The Battery Lab and several U-M energy storage researchers will be featured in "Search for the Super Battery," a PBS Nova special airing Wednesday, February 1 at 9 PM. During the special, host David Pogue interviews U-M professors conducting battery research and builds his own battery with Battery Lab manager Greg Less. 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Most of DOE's home page erased after inauguration

E&E EnergyWire, feat. Barry Rabe

Shortly after President Trump's swearing in Friday, most of the content on the Department of Energy's home page disappeared into the ether.

The changeover was much more abrupt than the transition between presidents George W. Bush and Obama in 2009. Back then, the incoming administration dropped in a photo of the new Energy secretary, Steven Chu, and added a small box giving an overview of Obama's energy plan. (See the before and after.)

Friday, January 20, 2017

Will President Obama’s clean energy legacy endure?

The Conversation, feat. Mark Barteau

In the closing days of President Obama’s second term, he and leaders in the Executive Branch worked feverishly to articulate their views of the administration’s legacy – and to cement that legacy as much as possible.

Nowhere is this more evident than in the areas of energy, climate and environment, where, as EPA Administrator Gina McCarty had said since well before the election, the plan was to “run through the tape” at the end of this administration.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Trump nominees should answer these climate questions

Climate Central, feat. Mark Barteau

Tuesday marked the start of confirmation hearings for President-elect Trump’s cabinet nominees. The grueling sessions allow senators from both parties to probe nominees’ backgrounds, question their views and priorities for the agencies they’ll be tasked with running, and weigh their expertise.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Brian Ellis is an Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan.  His lab studies topics at the intersection of geology and energy technology, focusing on the ways modern energy developments like hydraulic fracturing impact our underground environment. Ellis explores how water-rock interactions in the subsurface environment control the fate and transport of fluids in low-permeability fractured rocks.

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