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Friday, February 05, 2016

An interdisciplinary team of U-M sustainability experts and engineers has developed a “ green guide” to aid developers and operators of energy storage systems. Titled “12 Principles for Green Energy Storage in Grid Applications,” the 12 Principles offer researchers, designers and industry professionals a clear, concise picture of the most important criteria to consider when designing and operating sustainable energy storage devices and systems. The principles are detailed in the January 19 issue of Environmental Science and Technology.  

Because of the intermittency of electricity production from renewables, energy storage is an important complement to renewable power. It’s a way to keep using solar energy in the dark and wind energy on a calm day. The renewable industry is growing dramatically; the US boasts twice as many solar workers as it did five years ago. The deployment of storage technologies is expected to grow in tandem as the use of wind, solar, and other renewable technologies continue to grow.

Friday, February 05, 2016

Ford gets serious about electric cars

USA Today, feat. Bruno Vanzieleghem, Greg Less

Much of Ford's battery research is taking place at the Energy Institute building on the campus of the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, a 45-minute drive from Ford's Dearborn, Mich., headquarters. The battery lab is stocked with the same quality level of equipment found in commercial plants so engineers can develop be small batches of batteries that make it easier to go to production.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

The University of Michigan Energy Institute (UMEI), in partnership with the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) seeks to provide selected U-M undergraduates at all years of study with a $4,000 stipend for a 10-week fellowship to work under the supervision of a University of Michigan faculty member in science, technology, social science, and policy fields related to the following research areas:

  • energy policy, economics, and societal impact
  • carbon-negative emissions for “Beyond Carbon Neutral” interdisciplinary campus project
  • carbon-free energy sources
  • energy storage and utilization
  • transportation and fuels
Friday, January 29, 2016

Harmful Lake Erie algal blooms worsened by power plant pollution

Midwest Energy News

The number of severe algal blooms in Lake Erie will likely double during the next century, according to new research from The Ohio State University.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Smart grid: Modeling a year in the life of a power grid

U-M News Service, feat. Pascal Van Hentenryck

With a new $1.4 million grant, University of Michigan researchers will lead an effort to model a year in the life of a power grid, creating the most detailed, adaptable power grid simulation ever made.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

This October, a large leak was discovered at the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility in northwest Los Angeles.

Friday, January 15, 2016

Cheaper oil: the raise you didn’t get

Marketwatch, featuring John DeCicco

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

The Michigan Memorial Seed Funding Program allows U-M research groups to explore proposal development for projects related to the peaceful use of nuclear energy. A new round of funding is open, and applications are due on January 26

Monday, January 11, 2016

Huei Peng has been named director of U-M's Mobility Transformation Center, an interdisciplinary research unit of the U-M Office of Research, and Carrie Morton has been appointed deputy director of the MTC.

Peng is the Roger L. McCarthy Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and he has served as associate director of MTC since its launch in 2013. His research focuses on the design and control of electrified vehicles, and connected and automated vehicles.

Friday, January 08, 2016

The problem in the boom in auto sales*

The Washington Post, featuring Michael Sivak

Monday, December 21, 2015

American consumers have been enjoying Christmas since July – that is, July 2014, when the average price for all grades of gasoline peaked at US$3.75 per gallon, according to the Energy Information Administration. Since then, prices have declined substantially, as every motorist knows: to $2.90 by Thanksgiving 2014 and to $2.14 as we approach the end of 2015. In many parts of the country, the price of regular gasoline is well below $2 per gallon today.

Energy Information Administration.

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Consumers say their home energy bills would have to more than double before they become unaffordable, according to the University of Michigan Energy Survey.

The survey measures the affordability of consumer energy costs based on two key indicators: home energy bills and gasoline prices. Consumer sentiment regarding home energy expenses has remained stable over the past two years, but it proved more sensitive to changes in gasoline price.

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