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  • 09/19/13

    MLive: University of Michigan seeks to renovate, expand decommissioned Ford Nuclear Reactor building

    MLive reports on the decommissioning of the Ford Nuclear Reactor and the planned $11.4 million renovation of the building. “The reactor is in its last stage of decommissioning, according to a memo from U-M Chief Financial Officer Tim Slottow to the Board of Regents. Regents will vote on whether to…

  • 09/12/13

    Energy Institute Fall Symposium to be held October 14

    Schedule:8:30 a.m. Registration, Stamps Auditorium (see directions) 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Symposium, Stamps Auditorium 9:00-9:15       Mark Barteau: Welcome and Introduction to UMEI 9:15-10:00     David Sandalow, Keynote address: Energy Innovation Inaugural Fellow, Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University Former Assistant Director for Policy and International Affairs, US…

  • 09/05/13

    U-M Technical Reports Examine Hydraulic Fracturing in Michigan

    ANN ARBOR—University of Michigan researchers today released seven technical reports that together form the most comprehensive Michigan-focused resource on hydraulic fracturing, the controversial natural gas and oil extraction process commonly known as fracking. The studies, totaling nearly 200 pages, examine seven critical topics related to the use of hydraulic fracturing…

  • 08/22/13

    Does pushing alternative fuels make for sound policy? Yale e360

    Based on results from his recent study, the Energy Institute’s John DeCicco has authored an article for Yale’s Environment 360 blog. This thought-provoking piece opens: Every U.S. president since Ronald Reagan has backed programs to develop alternative transportation fuels. But there are better ways to foster energy independence and reduce greenhouse…

  • 08/22/13

    UMEI faculty affiliate aims to turn cornstalks into better biofuel

    Using a community of fungus and genetically modified E. coli, a Michigan Engineering professor has developed a way to turn corn stalks and leaves into biofuel. The process breaks down waste plant materials into a sugar, which is then turned into isobutanol. Professor Nina Lin and her team argue that…

  • 07/31/13

    Building a better biofuel: interdisciplinary Energy Institute project leads to National Science Foundation grant win

    Nina Lin and Neil Marsh met at an Energy Institute-hosted symposium three years ago. Both were interested in biofuels, but their research backgrounds are substantially different: Nina Lin is an assistant professor of Chemical Engineering, and Marsh is a professor in the Chemistry Department and of Biological Chemistry at the…

  • 07/30/13

    Energy Institute creates Faculty Council

    Energy Institute Director Mark Barteau has created the organization’s first Faculty Council, a group charged with providing input on Energy Institute initiatives and programs and better connecting UMEI staff with the university’s 140-plus energy faculty. The group met for the first time in July. The members of the University of…

  • 07/16/13

    Tom Lyon accepts dual roles with Energy Institute, Erb Institute

    The Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise and the University of Michigan Energy Institute are pleased to announce that Tom Lyon, of the Ross School of Business and the School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE), will be taking over dual responsibilities as Associate Director for Research at the Erb…

  • 06/25/13

    Energy Institute Director Barteau delivers pipeline research results

    On June 25 in Washington D.C., University of Michigan Energy Institute Director Mark Barteau unveiled the results of a yearlong National Research Council study on diluted bitumen crude oil’s effect on pipelines. Barteau chaired the committee charged with researching the issue. Diluted bitumen has no greater likelihood of accidental pipeline…

  • 03/13/13

    Renewable fuels: due for a reality check: The Hill

    Since 2005, the United States has embarked on a steady expansion of renewable fuels such as ethanol and biodiesel, widely touted as a win-win proposition for energy security and the environment. However, the promised breakthroughs in biofuel technology have greatly lagged the rapid ramp-up of production mandated by Congress while…