Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Students across the University of Michigan are invited to propose an action-oriented project beyond the campus focusing on wide-ranging sustainability issues such as energy, water, communities, food, built environment, transportation, and other areas. 

Past projects supported by the Dow Distinguished Awards for Interdisciplinary Sustainability have helped communities around the world with safe drinking water, energy conservation, and transportation. 

Monday, February 15, 2016

The energy efficiency gap is the failure of consumers or producers to make energy efficiency investments that would seemingly save money or increase profits. The phenomenon is important to understand, because if it exists and reflects irrational decisions on the part of consumers or firms, then policy intervention might be warranted. This report examines evidence for the energy efficiency gap in the automobile industry.

Friday, February 12, 2016

EVs continue to underperform in present era of cheap oil
MBiz, feat. John DeCicco

Despite a growing number of plug-in electric vehicles on display at this year’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit, industry analysts say the segment has failed to reach the “aspirational” levels many had hoped.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Department of Defense (DoD), through the Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP), supports the demonstration of technologies that address priority DoD environmental and installation energy and water requirements.  The goal of ESTCP is to promote the transfer of innovative technologies through demonstrations that collect the data needed for regulatory and DoD end-user acceptance.  Projects conduct formal demonstrations at DoD facilities and sites in operational settings to document and validate improved performance and cost savings.

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