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  • 06/10/15

    Energy Survey: When gasoline prices fell, most consumers did not change their minds about how much they felt they could pay

    The University of Michigan Energy Survey has released its latest results, condensing six quarters of data into a succinct analysis of American consumers’ personal views about energy. This short summary explores attitudes about gasoline and home energy affordability in the context of the past year’s dynamic gasoline prices. The full…

  • 06/04/15

    Energy in the news: Friday, June 5, 2015

    Transportation lab revs up for role in climate crackdown E&E News U.S. EPA’s National Fuel and Vehicle Emissions Laboratory – a big player in early Clean Air Act crackdowns on tailpipe pollution– is getting a makeover for the battle against global warming. A five-year, $50 million overhaul is adding a…

  • 05/28/15

    With REFRESCH research, Kazakh U-M grad student brings project home

    When a U-M research team visited Kazakhstan this Spring, they brought with them decades of engineering experience, an interest in the status of the country’s aquaculture, and Ainash Childebayeva, a Kazakh U-M grad student who added her language skills and graduate research projects to the team. Childebayeva is a first-year…

  • 05/04/15

    Michigan Memorial Phoenix Project awards $100,000 in nuclear research seed grants

    Projects that promise to power deep space missions, add new capabilities to neutron research, and improve cancer diagnostics and treatment are each the recipients of $25,000 Michigan Memorial Phoenix Project (MMPP) seed grants. Seed grants allow researchers exploring peaceful applications of nuclear energy to better define research that appears promising…

  • 04/30/15

    Did you miss Margo Oge's visit to U-M? Check out the audio here.

    Key clean air figure Margo Oge visited Ann Arbor this Earth Day to promote her new book, “Driving the Future: Combating Climate Change with Cleaner, Smarter Cars.” Oge served at the US Environmental Protection Agency for 32 years, 18 of them as Director of the Office of Transportation Air Quality….

  • 04/27/15

    Trip logs: Check out the latest REFRESCH project updates

    REFRESCH, an acronym for Researching Fresh Solutions to the Energy/ Water/ Food Challenge in Resource-Constrained Environments, is a Third Century Initiative project led by Prof. Johannes Schwank of the Energy Institute. The Third Century Initiative is a highly competitive $50 million, five-year funded research program developed by the Office of the Provost. Its…

  • 04/21/15

    Interdisciplinary U-M team nets hydrogen storage materials research grant

    A multidisciplinary University of Michigan research group exploring more efficient materials for hydrogen fuel cells has been awarded a $1.2 million Department of Energy (DOE) grant aimed at isolating and developing “best-in-class” hydrogen storage technology. The project investigates man-made compounds, called metal-organic frameworks, or MOFs (pictured). MOFs are constructed from metal…

  • 04/17/15

    Construction progress continues at the BattLab

    Trucks rolled in to the Energy Institute BattLab last week, delivering pilot line electrode preparation equipment, including the coater, electro-densification press, and a slitter. The BattLab’s dry room construction is complete save for air handling equipment, and glove boxes have arrived. The lab’s power x-ray defractometer, cyclers and thermal chambers…

  • 03/25/15

    Environment pulls ahead of affordability as Americans’ top energy-related concern

    The University of Michigan Energy Survey has released its latest results, condensing five quarters of data into a succinct analysis of American consumers’ personal views about energy. The results are available here in PDF format. Key findings include: 60% of Americans say that they personally worry a fair amount or a…

  • 02/27/15

    Planet Blue Blog: The Keystone veto: the right decision, but now let’s approve the pipeline

    See this article on the U.S. Conversation here.  See an unabridged version of this article on the Planet Blue Blog, here.  On Tuesday, President Obama vetoed the Keystone Pipeline bill. It’s an action one would expect from a serious Constitutional scholar of any political stripe; the bill is an attempted encroachment of the…