Project Index

Beyond Carbon Neutral

Beyond Carbon Neutral is a major new initiative to develop technologies, programs and policies to raise the rate at which carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere.

U-M Battery Lab

Dedicated in Fall 2013, the Battery Fabrication and Characterization User Facility is a space developed in cooperation with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Ford Motor Company. This lab enables industry and university researchers to collaborate on developing cheaper and longer lasting energy-storage devices in the heart of the U.S. auto industry. 

The University of Michigan Energy Survey

Energy is one of the major issues that affects the U.S. economy, consumer wellbeing, national security and the environment. Consumers are often surveyed about particular aspects of energy and questions about energy prices are included in general economic surveys. However, no long-running, well-designed survey of attitudes about energy exists to date. The U-M Energy Survey fills that gap. 


The REFRESCH project is funded by the University of Michigan Third Century Initiative and led by Dr. Johannes Schwank of the Michigan Energy Institute. It seeks to explore new models for energy production in off-grid locations, or locations not dependably on-grid, closely considering factors of water usage, water quality, and food security. The project is focused on finding solutions to specific, solvable, scalable problems. Funded at $3 million for three years, REFRESCH currently works in Gabon, Kazakhstan, and Michigan (through the team called REFRESCH-IT.)

Transportation Energy and Climate Analysis

Transportation is one of several major sectors that contribute to climate change. Globally, the sector's 25% share of man-made carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions is similar to its share of energy consumption. Because liquid fuels are so well suited for powering cars, trucks, boats and aircraft, transportation is uniquely reliant on oil, which is the natural resource most well suited for producing liquid fuels. 

Hydraulic Fracturing in Michigan

There is significant momentum behind natural gas extraction efforts in the United States, with many states embracing it as an opportunity to create jobs and foster economic strength. Natural gas extraction has also been championed as a way to move toward energy independence and a cleaner energy supply. First demonstrated in the 1940’s, hydraulic fracturing is now the predominant method used to extract natural gas in the U.S.

Hydrogen Energy Technology Laboratory

The Hydrogen Energy Technology Laboratory (HETL) supports efforts to the discover and develop materials, processes and systems that have the potential to significantly increase the efficiency and reduce the cost of producing hydrogen from domestic natural resources and improve the efficiency and reduce the cost of devices used to convert hydrogen into electrical and/or thermal energy including research on fuel cells and biomimetic systems.

Mobility Transformation Center

Mobility Transformation Center (MTC)

The Mobility Transformation Center (MTC) is a partnership with industry, communities and government formed at U-M to transform global mobility by dramatically improving transportation safety, accessibility, efficiency and sustainability. MTC draws on U-M’s broad strengths in engineering, urban planning, energy and information technologies, business, law and the social sciences to accelerate progress in diverse areas such as connected-vehicle systems, driverless vehicles, shared vehicle, and advanced propulsion systems.

Joint Center for Energy Storage Research

JCESR is a major research partnership that integrates government, academic, and industrial researchers from many disciplines to overcome critical scientific and technical barriers and create new breakthrough energy storage technology.​

U.S. China Clean Energy Research Center – Clean Vehicles Consortium

As the world’s largest automobile markets, the United States and China lead the world in oil consumption, importing more than half the petroleum they consume. The CERC-Clean Vehicles Consortium seeks to reduce this oil consumption by supporting the joint research of the nations’ leading experts in clean vehicle technologies. The University of Michigan’s Prof. Huei Peng and Tsinghua University’s Prof. Minggao Ouyang lead this effort.