Friday, May 26, 2017

New way to test self-driving cars could cut 99.9 percent of validation costs

University of Michigan News, feat. Huei Peng

Mobility researchers at the University of Michigan have devised a new way to test autonomous vehicles that bypasses the billions of miles they would need to log for consumers to consider them road-ready.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Focus on carbon removal a ‘high-stakes gamble’

Climate Central, feat. John DeCicco

The manmade emissions fueling global warming are accumulating so quickly in the atmosphere that climate change could spiral out of control before humanity can take measures drastic enough to cool the earth’s fever, many climate scientists say.

Friday, May 12, 2017

E.P.A. dismisses members of major scientific review board

The New York Times, feat. Joe Arvai

The Environmental Protection Agency has dismissed at least five members of a major scientific review board, the latest signal of what critics call a campaign by the Trump administration to shrink the agency’s regulatory reach by reducing the role of academic research.

Friday, May 05, 2017

EPA in the Crosshairs

Ann Arbor Observer, feat. John DeCicco and Brad Cardinale

When he ran for president, Donald Trump vowed to "get rid" of the Environmental Protection Agency. By the time he was done, he said, there would be only "little tidbits left."

Monday, May 01, 2017

On April 28, Rocky Mountain Institute cofounder Amory Lovins stopped by the Energy Institute to visit with faculty and give a talk titled “Astonishing Automotive Futures: Disruptive Designs, Analyses, and Strategies.” If you missed it:

Watch the video here

View and download the slides from this talk here

Friday, April 28, 2017
PolitiFact: What happens to oil from Keystone pipeline
Politifact, feat Barry Rabe and Mark Barteau

President Donald Trump’s approval of the Keystone XL pipeline brought protests from opponents who say it won’t benefit the United States.
“I’ve opposed the Keystone strategy for a long time because it is an export strategy,” U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., told the Press-Republican newspaper in Plattsburgh. “It doesn’t even have any oil for America to make our gas prices cheaper.”
“It’s literally oil from Canada taken through America, so we take all the risks of any kind of spill or any kind of problem, and then it exports it to Mexico and then straight to China or other places,” she said.
Is Gillibrand right? Will the crude oil that flows through the pipeline immediately leave the U.S.?
Friday, April 21, 2017

Why drivers own light trucks over cars

University of Michigan News, feat. Michael Sivak

A new national survey from the University of Michigan explores why consumers choose to drive SUVs, pick-ups, vans and minivans over cars, even though these so-called "light trucks" generally demonstrate lower fuel economy than passenger cars.

Friday, April 14, 2017

Is Trump’s war on fuel economy really going to hurt the environment and save jobs?

UPROXX, feat. John DeCicco

Unless something major comes out of the investigations into the Trump campaign’s affiliation with Russia, it’s likely that Donald Trump’s first term will be judged primarily on his wins and losses. But while the effort to repeal and replace Obamacare went up in smoke, Trump has racked up wins on the job creation front, and he clearly has his eyes set on more.

Friday, April 07, 2017

Diversity dividends: The economic value of grassland species for carbon storage

University of Michigan News, feat. Brad Cardinale

A collaboration of scientists has developed one of the first models to assign a dollar value to the loss or gain of species in an ecosystem. The new work offers an economic argument for preserving biodiversity.

The findings were published April 5 in Science Advances. The lead author of the paper is Bruce Hungate of Northern Arizona University. University of Michigan ecologist Bradley Cardinale is a co-author.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Is energy storage the next job creator?

E&E EnergyWire, feat. Mark Barteau

Could the energy storage industry fabricate some of the "thousands and thousands of jobs" that President Trump says he wants?

The short answer from insiders is yes. But whether those jobs arrive during his administration or are delayed or lost to Asia will depend in part on decisions Trump makes on trade, energy, transportation and infrastructure.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Trump just approved the Keystone XL pipeline

Climate Central, feat. Andrew Hoffman

President Trump signed an executive order on Friday greenlighting the Keystone XL pipeline after it cleared State Department review to bring tar sands oil from Canada to refineries on the Gulf Coast.

Friday, March 24, 2017

This summer, an instructional team of battery experts from industry and the University of Michigan will teach a short course in battery manufacturing. The course runs from June 19-22.

The program outline is listed below with a brief description of the topics and learning objectives that will be covered.  Course instructors are experts in the various aspects of battery manufacturing, with extensive real-world expertise. The classroom instruction will be complimented with hands-on instruction in the Battery Lab at the University of Michigan. The cost for this course is $1500.