Biofuels, Fuels and Chemistry

Thursday, February 05, 2015

ANN ARBOR—Nearly all of the studies used to promote biofuels as climate-friendly alternatives to petroleum fuels are flawed and need to be redone, according to a University of Michigan researcher who reviewed more than 100 papers published over more than two decades.

Once the erroneous methodology is corrected, the results will likely show that policies used to promote biofuels—such as the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard and California's Low-Carbon Fuel Standard—actually make matters worse when it comes to limiting net emissions of climate-warming carbon dioxide gas.

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

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. 

4:30 PM to 6:00 PM

The Department of Environmental and Water Resources Engineering welcomes Bruce Logan from Penn State University, Evan Pugh Professor, Stan & Flora Kappe Professor of Environmental Engineering, and Director of the Engineering Energy & Environmental Institute.

1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

The Energy Institute welcomes Dr. Frank Behrendt, Chair for Energy Process Engineering and Conversion Technologies for Renewable Energies at the Berlin Institute of Technology (Technische Universität Berlin), for a technical seminar.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Frank Markus of Motor Trend magazine explains why every carbon molecule in a liquid biofuel, such as ethanol or biodiesel, can't be counted "as an ecological freebie." He reports on the debate about the Renewable Fuel Standard that took place during a panel discussion at this year's Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Government-Industry Meeting in Washington, DC.

Monday, December 01, 2014

Mayors from across the Great Lakes region met this fall to discuss a response to this summer’s Lake Erie toxic algae outbreak that shut down the water supply for almost half a million people in Toledo and the surrounding suburbs. Bottled water ran out in stores across the area, and residents fled the city in search of clean water – an option not available to Lake Erie’s diverse and fascinating array of wildlife.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

At the close of this week's Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) trade summit in Beijing, President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions and detailed an agreement that includes a renewed five-year commitment to supporting clean vehicle research efforts via the U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center.

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11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Oil and gas development has increased substantially in the United States over the past decade, largely associated with shale resources.


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