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  • 01/24/14

    Renewable Fuels Fallacy

    Frank Markus of Motor Trend magazine explains why every carbon molecule in a liquid biofuel, such as ethanol or biodiesel, can’t be counted “as an ecological freebie.” He reports on the debate about the Renewable Fuel Standard that took place during a panel discussion at this year’s Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)…

  • 01/08/14

    University of Michigan, Israeli University announce first joint research grant recipients

    Three pairs of researchers will be reaching across an ocean this year to spark collaborative energy projects with the receipt of University of Michigan – Ben Gurion University of the Negev Collaboration on Energy Research grants. The catch? The projects have to feature a research team from each university, working…

  • 12/26/13

    Why driverless cars won’t save the environment: ReadWriteDrive

    Autonomous “robot” vehicles that can drive themselves hold great promise for transforming transportation systems across the world. Part of their appeal is the potential to greatly improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions. Not so fast, notes Bradley Berman in a critical piece on ReadWriteDrive, where he quotes Energy Institute research professor John…

  • 10/17/13

    With expanded scope, Energy Institute welcomes 11 new External Advisory Board members

    The University of Michigan Energy Institute announced on October 14 th 2013 the addition of 11 members to its External Advisory Board. The new members met with existing board members, Energy Institute staff, and university leadership for their first meeting after the Institute’s fall symposium on October 15th. “We felt that…

  • 10/15/13

    ‘Open innovation’ battery lab established at the Energy Institute with Ford, MEDC

    A unique $8 million battery lab at U-M will enable industry and university researchers to collaborate on developing cheaper and longer lasting energy-storage devices in the heart of the U.S. auto industry. With support from the Michigan Economic Development Corp., Ford Motor Co. and the university, it will be housed…

  • 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…