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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
The 2016-17 Beyond Carbon Neutral seminar series brings six leading researchers to campus in order to introduce faculty and students to atmospheric carbon dioxide removal and its associated research needs. The BCN Seminar series is co-hosted by the School of Natural Resources and Environment, the Erb Institute, and the Energy Institute, and supported by the U-M Office of Research.