News & Events


  • 05/17/19

    Energy in the News: Friday, May 17

    UMEI’s Ellen Hughes-Cromwick traveled to Las Vegas and Fort Worth, TX this week to talk with business leaders, faculty and students about battery economics, EV scenarios and the Energy Institute’s efforts to accelerate the transition to electric mobility. Dr. Boehman, professor of mechanical engineering and director of the W.E. Lay Automotive Laboratory, and a team of U-M researchers received $2M from the Department of Energy to advance algae as an environmentally-friendly biofuel source for diesel engines. Learn more.

  • 05/10/19

    Energy in the News: Friday, May 10

    A Note from Anna: It’s been a busy month at the Energy Institute! The winter term ended with valuable “Mom Advice with a CEO Twist” from Patti Poppe, President & CEO of Consumers Energy, who spoke at the College of Engineering’s spring graduation. I was honored to meet her back-stage…

  • 03/29/19

    Energy in the News: Friday, March 29

    April 2: ME Department Seminar: Bridging mechanics and electrochemistry: Experiments and modeling on battery materials April 3: Public Roundtable on Overcoming Challenges to Electric Vehicle Deployment, hosted by UMEI and Ceres April 8: Fastest path to Zero with U-M and Third Way (contact Suzanne Baker at for details) April 9:…

  • 03/01/19

    Energy in the News for Friday, March 1

    Tom Lyon testified before the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee during a session “Examining How Federal Infrastructure Policy Could Help Mitigate and Adapt to Climate Change”. Check out the video here. (He’s also quoted in the Washington Post below.) Got or know a great grad student? All grad students interested…

  • 02/22/19

    Energy in the News: Friday, February 22

    Congratulations to Adam Simon, who was named a Thurnau professor along with five others. See the full list here. And to Charles McCrory, one of three LS&A faculty named a Cottrell scholar! Energy Economics briefing by Ellen Hughes-Cromwick: Are there any economics in the Green New Deal? Michigan ready to…

  • 02/08/19

    Energy in the News: Friday, February 8

    Today at 3:30, don’t miss Shelie Miller’s EWRE seminar: Future Scenario Modeling to Evaluate the Environmental Impacts of New Technology Or if nuclear is more your style, check out today’s visitor from LLNL at 4 PM. Congratulations to faculty affiliates Alec Gallimore and Sharon Glotzer, both elected to the National…

  • 02/04/19

    University launches Commission on Carbon Neutrality

    The University of Michigan has taken an important step toward its goal of carbon neutrality with the selection of the core team that will recommend how to get there, as well as develop scalable and transferable strategies that can be used by other institutions and larger communities to achieve the…

  • 02/01/19

    Energy in the News: Friday, February 1

    A note from from Anna: To build connections among us, the Energy Institute is launching a series of focused and informal faculty presentations on Thursdays from 3:30-5:00 PM. The theme for the next month is on battery needs for accelerating and decarbonizing emobility. I hope your teaching schedule and other…

  • 01/30/19

    Anna Stefanopoulou talks cold EV batteries in Wired

    “Batteries are like humans,” says Anna Stefanopoulou, director of the University of Michigan’s Energy Institute. They prefer the same sort of temperature range that people do. Anything below 40 or above 115 degrees Fahrenheit and they’re not going to deliver their peak performance. They like to be around 60 to…

  • 01/18/19

    Watch: Battery Safety testing and the U-M battery Lab

    Don’t try this at home: This nail penetration test was designed as a control to show the violence of a catastrophic battery failure when not properly contained. This test was conducted for an external Battery Lab customer designing battery safety products. The automatic “nail” piercing the battery cell is one…