The Department of Energy (DOE) awarded Michigan Engineering Professor Stephen Forrest’s group a $1.35 million Next Generation Photovoltaics grant earlier this fall, aimed at advancing the practical viability of organic photovoltaics, a carbon-based version of solar technology that promises to radically change the way the sun’s energy is collected. Forrest is the Paul G. Goebel Professor of Engineering in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, and Physics and the former U-M Vice President of Research.
At the close of this week's Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) trade summit in Beijing, President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions and detailed an agreement that includes a renewed five-year commitment to supporting clean vehicle research efforts via the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center.
"If the shale-gas revolution succumbs to politics, we have a lot to lose. As a recent report from the University of Michigan notes: “Managed properly, the availability of low-cost shale gas could catalyze a renaissance in U.S. manufacturing, revitalizing the chemical industry and enhancing the global competitiveness of energy-intensive manufacturing sectors such as aluminum, steel, paper, glass and food.”
Oil prices have fallen in recent months, and Politico asked a group of energy experts what this latest market gyration might imply for U.S. policymakers. UMEI's John DeCicco was one of the experts queried; here's what he had to say:
Earlier this week, UN Special Rapporteurs visiting Detroit labeled the city’s nearly 27,000 residential water shutoffs as contrary to basic human rights and disproportionately onerous on the city’s poorest and most vulnerable populations. The Rapporteurs drew these conclusions after a weekend of meetings with city officials and residents.
We are pleased to solicit proposals for the next round of University of Michigan Energy Research Fellows. The theme of the program remains Partnerships for Innovation in Energy. Proposals require a team of two or more PIs in sustainable energy science, technology, and policy.
What do your elected officials and state leaders believe is in our country's energy future--and what's in store for Michigan? What decisions will they make, and which direction will they take, if elected, to ensure that the United States remains at the forefront of global energy innovation and domination? How will they create policies that recognize the energy industry's importance in determining the health of Michigan's manufacturing economy--and its environment? The Atlantic as it posed these questions and more to state leaders ahead of the 2014 midterm elections.
Global trade is, by and large, a good thing. Trade helps optimize the allocation of resources (materials, capital, labor, etc.) at the global scale. Today about one third of the global GDP comes from international trade. The value of traded goods and services today is about 50 times that of 1970, while the global GDP is only about four times that of 1970.
The motor vehicle is at the cusp of being transformed by two threads of technology advancement. One is electrification, replacing gasoline and other liquid fuels with the direct use of electrons, enabling cars to plug in for some or all of their power. The other is intelligence, relieving humans of the error-prone task of driving through the connectivity, sensing and increasing automation, leading to vehicles that will one day drive themselves.
Is nuclear energy “sustainable”? Certainly it’s not categorized as such in any federal definition of the term. Nuclear power is not ballyhooed in pro-renewable montages of solar panels and wind turbines. The nuclear industry receives none of the tax incentives renewables do. But the argument for nuclear energy as an important part of any large-scale sustainable energy plan is a powerful one, and an urgent one to explore as climate change becomes an ever more pressing reality.