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  • 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…

  • 08/22/11

    What the new emissions standards will mean to automakers: Technology Review

    With the backing of 13 car companies, the United Auto Workers and other parties, the Obama Administration announced the biggest step forward on auto efficiency in over a generation. The new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) regulations just finalized target the greenhouse gas emissions equivalent of 54.5 mpg by model…

  • 09/03/10

    Cars could get 74 MPG by 2035: The New York Times

    Building on the Bush Administration’s 2007 proposal to raise automotive fuel economy by up to four percent per year, the Obama Administration is now considering regulations that might target a doubling of Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards by 2025. But just how much can the efficiency of cars and…