NEWS & NOTES
MMPEI seeks new research fellow To help forge interdisciplinary partnerships for innovation in sustainable energy technologies, the Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute (MMPEI) announces an opening for a Phoenix Energy Institute Research Fellow in data mining and computational discovery of advanced carbon capture materials.
Revitalizing Innovation in Michigan for Clean Energy Manufacturing Roughly 350 business, government and academic leaders gathered April 21 and 22, 2011 at the University of Michigan for a conference on what it will take to make the state of Michigan a leader in renewable energy manufacturing.
New joint venture rooted in MMPEI/Fraunhofer research collaboration ALTe Powertrain Technologies will form a joint venture with Inmatech, Inc. to produce and sell hybrid electric storage (HES) devices composed of batteries, supercapacitors and control electronics. Inmatech emerged from a Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute/Fraunhofer partnership.
Researchers to test promise of Great Lakes wind power In September, U-M researchers will embark on a three-year feasibility analysis of offshore wind energy harvesting on the Great Lakes.
MMPEI Director goes “Beyond the Light Switch” (Clips 1-5) MMPEI’s Dennis Assanis recently participated in Detroit Public TV roundtable with energy experts who debated Michigan’s energy future.
New fluorescent OLEDs display greater efficiency than thought possible U-M researchers have designed an exceptionally efficient fluorescent blue OLED, or organic light emitting diode. The research was funded by MMPEI and the Institute of Materials Research and Engineering.
Department of Energy grants for photovoltaic advances in research – Letters of intent due May 9, 2011 The U.S. Department of Energy announces four new funding opportunities for photovoltaic-related research. They include: Extreme Balance of System Hardware Cost Reductions; Transformation PV Science and Technology: Next Generation Photovoltaics II; Solar Energy Grid Integration Systems – Advanced Concepts; and the Foundational Program to Advance Cell Efficiency.
ARPA-E funding for solar, grid enhancements, rare earth materials, thermal storage and biofuels – Concept papers due May 19, 2011 The Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy, U.S. Department of Energy announces five new funding opportunities: Solar Agile Delivery of Electrical Power Technology; Green Electricity Network Integration; Rare Earth Alternatives in Critical Technologies for Energy; High Energy Advanced Thermal Storage; and Plants Engineered to Replace Oil.
$50K Ford Motor Co. grants for student-led projects on alternative energy – Entries due May 20, 2011 The Ford Motor Company Fund invites college and university students across the country to submit project proposals related alternative energy to the Ford College Community Challenge. With the overarching theme of “Building Sustainable Communities,” the program seeks to catalyze community-building projects that address pressing local needs.
Biomass Research and Development Initiative – Pre-application due May 31, 2011 The U.S. Departments of Agriculture (USDA) and Energy (DOE) jointly announced up to $30 million over three to four years that will support research and development in advanced biofuels, bioenergy, and high-value bio-based products.
Partnerships in Innovative Sustainable Energy Technologies (Round Two) – Proposals due June 1, 2011 This program seeds new interdisciplinary research programs in sustainable energy science, technology, and policy with funding for a Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute Research Fellow. Successful proposals will combine innovative research plans with concrete timelines for establishing independent funding. The program’s initial grants were awarded in February 2011. Proposals for a third round of funding will be due Dec. 1, 2011
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Developing Global Sustainability – U.S./China Partnerships May 20-21, 2011 This U-M conference will focus on the key policy and technology imperatives for global sustainability, especially as they pertain to the United States and China. Conference participants will include research leaders from Chinese and U.S. universities, strategic representatives from the energy, transportation, and water industries, and government policy leaders and researchers.
2011 Michigan Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference – Oct. 27, 2011 Together with the Michigan Green Chemistry Roundtable, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will present this “GreenUp” conference at the U-M’s North Campus Research Complex to showcase how green chemistry and engineering can revolutionize the way we work and live. Participants are encouraged to submit proposals for posters and presentations by June 9, 2011.