Friday, January 27, 2017

Most of DOE's home page erased after inauguration

E&E EnergyWire, feat. Barry Rabe

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.)

Friday, January 20, 2017

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.

Friday, January 13, 2017

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.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

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.

Monday, January 09, 2017

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.

Friday, January 06, 2017

30 Under 30 Energy 2017: The best minds planning how to power our country
Forbes, feat. Travis Thompson (Sakamoto Lab)

It's no easy task finding young minds tackling the problem of energy. The capital-intensive industry tends to be dominated by grizzled veterans who know their way around an oil field. Of course energy goes far beyond traditional oil and gas, but it's still a tough industry to break into. Even so, for this year's 30 Under 30, we managed to find some young talent reimagining what our energy future might look like.

Friday, December 23, 2016

New chemical manufacturing institute to streamline production

Michigan Engineering News

The University of Michigan is joining the American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE) in a manufacturing institute dedicated to improving the efficiency of the chemical industry. The institute is charged with reducing the energy required and the waste generated in making chemical products – from fuels to paper to toothpaste.

Monday, December 19, 2016

To download a Michigan Memorial Phoenix Project Seed Grant application form, click here

The University of Michigan Regents resolved in 1948 that: “...the University of Michigan create a War Memorial Center to explore the ways and means by which the potentialities of atomic energy may become a beneficent influence in the life of man, to be known as the Phoenix Project of the University of Michigan.”

To this end, the Advisory Board of MMPP administers a seed-funding program for research groups developing proposals for external support.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Trump, carbon neutrality and the next phase of business sustainability

The Conversation, feat. Andy Hoffman

The Trump administration appears to be moving in one direction on the issue of climate change with the appointment of climate skeptic Scott Pruitt to head up the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a transition team led by and stacked with fossil fuel interests.

Friday, December 09, 2016

How will self-driving cars impact Michigan’s future?

CBS Detroit, feat. Huei Peng

Detroit put the world on wheels over 100 years ago. With stiff competition from Silicon Valley, Pittsburgh, China and Japan, will the city and state also be the center of the new autonomous revolution?

And how will this seismic shift to self-driving vehicles impact you and your family?

CBS 62 is proud to present its latest “Eye on the Future” special “Giving Up the Wheel, a Look at our Autonomous Future.”

Friday, December 02, 2016

Why automakers keep beating government standards

Scientific American, feat. John DeCicco

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

“Global tragedy” to come if Trump pulls back on climate change efforts, U of M expert says

Michigan Radio, feat. Mark Barteau

Energy policy will change under the new administration and state policies in places such as Michigan are more likely to look like Trump policies than Obama polices. That's the opinion of Mark A. Barteau, the director of the University of Michigan Energy Institute.