News & Events


  • 06/19/15

    Energy in the news: Friday, June 19

    Beware Casting Pope Francis as a Caped Climate Crusader New York Times All eyes are on the Vatican after an Italian news magazine leaked what is very likely the final text (the Italian translation) of Pope Francis’s forthcoming encyclical letter on humanity’s obligations to protect the environment, avoid dangerous climate change and…

  • 06/12/15

    UMEI Director Mark Barteau pens RPS op-ed

    Titled “Increasing Michigan’s renewable energy portfolio is a no-risk strategy customers would embrace,” Barteau’s piece is excerpted below.  It’s time for our Legislature to listen to the people about renewable energy. That may sound like a Tea Party battle cry. Far from it. It’s time for the legislature to ignore…

  • 06/12/15

    Energy in the news: Friday, June 12

    Is there a renaissance in US manufacturing? Numbers don’t add up CNBC Sridhar Kota is a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Michigan and a board member of the coincidentally named Manufacturing Renaissance, a Chicago-based nonprofit champion of advanced manufacturing. He also served from 2009–12 in the White House Office…

  • 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…