Energy Storage

Friday, March 24, 2017

This summer, an instructional team of battery experts from industry and the University of Michigan will teach a short course in battery manufacturing. The course runs from June 19-22.

The program outline is listed below with a brief description of the topics and learning objectives that will be covered.  Course instructors are experts in the various aspects of battery manufacturing, with extensive real-world expertise. The classroom instruction will be complimented with hands-on instruction in the Battery Lab at the University of Michigan. The cost for this course is $1500. 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

An issue that has long plagued renewable energy facilities is how to efficiently store energy collected from sun or wind.

Now, University of Michigan and University of Utah chemists have developed an energy-storing molecule that is 1,000 times more stable than current compounds, potentially leading to a longer-lived, more efficient battery.

The researchers are working to develop industrial-scale batteries that can store large amounts of energy for deployment when the sun sets or the wind stops blowing.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

This winter, the Battery Lab is expanding to accommodate solid-state battery research for both external users and in-house researchers. Solid-state batteries promise higher energy density and no chance of catching fire. With more development, they could one day replace lithium ion technology.

Monday, January 30, 2017

The Battery Lab and several U-M energy storage researchers will be featured in "Search for the Super Battery," a PBS Nova special airing Wednesday, February 1 at 9 PM. During the special, host David Pogue interviews U-M professors conducting battery research and builds his own battery with Battery Lab manager Greg Less. 

Feb
08
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

 Riordan Frost, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Public Administration at the American University will speak on "How Green is Your State? Constructing a modern state environmental index".

Monday, January 09, 2017

The PBS Nova team visited the Energy Institute’s Battery Lab this past fall to record segment of “Search for the Super Battery". The segment will air February 1, 2017 at 9 pm on PBS.

Friday, February 05, 2016

An interdisciplinary team of U-M sustainability experts and engineers led by School of Natural Resources and Environment Postdoctoral Associate Maryam Arbabzadeh has developed a “ green guide” to aid developers and operators of energy storage systems. Titled “12 Principles for Green Energy Storage in Grid Applications,” the 12 Principles offer researchers, designers and industry professionals a clear, concise picture of the most important criteria to consider when designing and operating sustainable energy storage devices and systems.

Oct
03
11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Reclaiming the Atmospheric Commons:  A New Strategy for Climate Policy Success?

Leigh Raymond, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Center for the Environment at Purdue University

11:30am-1:00pm (Pizza lunch provided at 11:30am, lecture begins at 11:40am)

Free and open to the public.

Sponsored by:

Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP)

Sep
13
8:30 AM to 3:30 PM

VISIT US AT OUR BOOTH!!

The Battery Show Exhibition & Conference is a showcase of advanced battery technology for electric & hybrid vehicles, utility & renewable energy support, portable electronics, medical technology, military and telecommunications.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Producers and crew from PBS's Nova series are visiting the Energy Institute's Battery Lab this week while filming a special on the future of energy storage and vehicle electrification. Battery Lab Manager Greg Less, along with Battery Fabrication Specialist Bill Hicks, are building batteries with host David Pogue, while Professors Levi Thompson, Jeff Sakamoto and Christian Lastoskie will guide the production team through their lab spaces and give interviews about their work. UMEI Director Mark Barteau will appear to discuss the future of energy storage and transportation. 

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