Monday, October 26, 2015

-We’ll be livestreaming the Transportation, Economics, Energy, and the Environment Conference, beginning at 12:45 PM, at the following link: 

-Follow along with the event using the #te3 hashtag on Twitter or by following the @MichEnergy Twitter account.

-Get full info on speakers, agenda and more at  

Friday, October 23, 2015

Learning from others, Michigan considers best options for future fracking

The Conversation

With the rapid rise in hydraulic fracturing activity, numerous government, industry, academic and environmental organizations have rushed to examine the potential benefits and impacts of high-volume hydraulic fracturing. In fact, one review of the available scientific peer-reviewed literature on the impacts of shale gas development found that the bulk, or 73%, of the studies have been published only since January 1 2013.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

In one of the closest World Solar Challenges in the history of the 1,800-mile sun-powered auto race, the University of Michigan was the first American team to cross the finish line today. 

The sleek maize and blue "Aurum," which students designed and built, took fourth place overall out of 29 teams in its class. Michigan hung onto third until the last 30 miles. 

Friday, October 09, 2015

New U-M Battery Lab Will Help Industry Test, Scale New Technologies


“We’re here to accommodate anyone who can benefit from our equipment,” says Greg Less, the battery lab’s manager.

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.

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