Friday, July 13, 2018

Tesla owners’ battery data show it won’t win through chemistry, only a better factory

Quartz, feat. UMEI Senior Battery Laboratory Manager Greg Less

Tesla fans love data as much as their cars. A few hundred recently banded together to share data on their cars’ battery performance.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Algae in the gas tank? U of M researchers study problems holding back algal biofuel

Michigan Radio, feat. Brad Cardinale

For years, scientists have been developing ways to put algae in your gas tank. It works, but we're still a long way from buying algal biofuel at the pump.

Researchers at the University of Michigan have been experimenting with methods that could improve the fuel's long-term prospects.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

The School for Environment and Sustainability (SEAS) at the University of Michigan is seeking applicants for a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track Assistant/Associate Professor in Energy Systems Analysis. We seek a scholar with demonstrated excellence in research and teaching in the energy systems analysis field.

Friday, June 22, 2018

What if U.S. fuel economy standards went away?

Ensia, feat. John DeCicco

On March 15, 2017, U.S. president Donald Trump addressed carmakers at a newly constructed test track for self-driving cars and other mobility technology, the American Center for Mobility, in Willow Run, Michigan. “We’re going to work on the CAFE standards so you can make cars in America again,” he said.

Friday, June 15, 2018

A look inside University of Michigan's off-grid, straw-bale building

MLive, feat. Joe Trumpey

A building constructed out of posts and beams milled from local trees damaged during storms now holds up the University of Michigan's first student-built, off-the-grid building.

Friday, June 08, 2018

A new round of seed funding from the Michigan Memorial Phoenix Project (MMPP) will allow exploration of projects aimed at improving radiation detection, laboratory research, and healthcare imaging. 

Friday, June 08, 2018

After years of green promises, automakers renege on emissions standards

Yale Environment 360, by John DeCicco

Friday, June 01, 2018

What is the future of Michigan’s energy infrastructure?

Michigan Radio, feat. Sarah Mills

Utility companies are shutting down some of their older, less efficient coal-burning power plants.

To generate the electricity to replace those old plants, utilities have to decide whether to build more coal-fired plant or go with natural gas, nuclear, renewable energy, or some combination.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Bendable concrete, with a design inspired by seashells, can make US infrastructure safer and more durable

The Conversation, feat. Victor Li

Spring construction season is underway, and many tons of concrete will be used in the coming months. Unfortunately, concrete is a brittle material: Placed under stress, it cannot bend very far before it fractures. Some pavements that are being poured now will crack within a few years and require expensive repairs. New concrete will be mixed, and the cycle will start again.

Friday, May 18, 2018

This could be the biggest advance in aluminum production in 130 years

The Washington Post, feat. Greg Keoleian

Apple, the largest publicly traded company in the world, joined a major collaboration last week that could change how it gets one of the key components that makes its ubiquitous gadgets look so sleek — aluminum.

And it is looking as though, simply by seeking out a greener component for iPhones and Macs, the tech giant just might push an entire industry in a new direction.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Going green is harder for Detroit’s low-income communities

Grist, feat. Tony Reames

Light-emitting diode bulbs (LEDs) can last up to 25 times longer than traditional incandescents, use 85 percent less energy, and, despite a higher cost upfront, save money in the long run.