An exciting look at how Germany is transforming its energy system from fossil and nuclear to renewables dominance - the Energy Institute and Erb Institute are welcoming Dr. Frank Behrendt, Chair for Energy Process Engineering and Conversion Technologies for Renewable Energies at the Berlin Institute of Technology (Technische Universität Berlin).
Recent developments, including the introduction of competitive wholesale markets for electricity services and greater use of renewables, have increased interest in energy storage. Despite these positive developments, energy storage deployment is still hampered by a number of market design, regulatory, and modeling issues. In this talk, these issues hampering efficient storage deployment and use are further discussed. We also provide some recommendations on future research directions that can help address these issues.
Erb Colloquium featuring guest speaker Mike Russo,Head of the Department of Management and Lundquist Professor of Sustainable Management and Center for Entrepreneurship, University of Oregon. Formerly a visiting professor at the University of Michigan (2000), Dr. Russo's research interests are the influences of society, politics, and the natural environment on corporate strategy. He has also worked as an energy planner specializing in commercialization of wind and solar energy.
The phenomenal rise of production of natural gas from shale formations in the US is having a dramatic impact on the energy and manufacturing landscape, but has also raised environmental concerns about water, air, and climate impacts. Two University of Michigan reports have addressed issues and options related to shale gas production in Michigan, and impacts and opportunities for US manufacturing. Technological and business opportunities that can help ensure that shale gas becomes a bridge to a cleaner energy future. Join us for a panel discussion focusing on issues and options relative to shale gas production in Michigan, moderated by Liesl Clark of 5 Lakes Energy.
Spent nuclear fuel contains long-lived radioactive materials which should be isolated from the biosphere for more than a hundred thousand years. The transmutation technology is to change long-lived nuclides to short-lived or stable ones so that the burden of nuclear waste management can be largely reduced. The Japan Atomic Energy Agency (JAEA) is conducting research and development on Partitioning and Transmutation technology, aiming at reduction of burden for high-level radioactive wastes. To transmute minor actinides such as neptunium and americium effectively, irradiation of them by fast neutrons is considered as a promising way, because fission reactions can directly transmute them. For this purpose, JAEA is developing an Accelerator-Driven System (ADS), which is a hybrid nuclear system coupling a subcritical reactor with a spallation neutron source driven by a high-power proton accelerator.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 to Thursday, January 29, 2015
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Free Safety Training - 4 hour long energy storage and lithium battery safety training seminars are planned on North Campus for those doing energy storage research or using the battery lab. Training will be facilitated by Energy Storage Safety Products International staff (retired or current firefighters) and their Mobile Lab.
The U-M Water Center is hosting a Freshwater Research Symposium on December 11, 2014, featuring final and mid-project presentations by university teams awarded funding through the Water Center's on-campus freshwater RFP.
This special event will held in the Rackham Building from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., followed by an evening networking reception.