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Energy in the News: Friday, July 26

Our summer UROP students are wrapping up their summer research fellowships. Next Wednesday (7/31) they will present at the Summer Research Symposium.  

Don’t miss The University Record’s story on U-M’s Solar Car Team. In mid-October, the team will race through the Australian outback, competing against more than 40 teams from around the world.

ICYMI: UMOR’s assistant vice president for research, Nick Wigginton, received a year-long leadership development fellowship from the American Council on Education. Jessica Durkin will step in as chief of staff during his fellowship. 

Faculty in the News

  • Professor Eric Kort, Climate & Space Sciences and Engineering, spoke with Science Magazine about a new study demonstrating that major U.S. East Coast cities, including New York City, are leaking methane at more than twice the previously reported rates.

Events & Opportunities

What to Read

Four automakers, California strike compromise on vehicle emissions

Reuters

Four major automakers have reached an agreement with California on fuel efficiency rules, bypassing a Trump administration effort to strip the state of the right to fight climate change by setting its own standards.

 

Advanced battery market charged by strong EV growth projections

Michigan Business

The growth of the advanced battery industry, coupled with projections for accelerating demand, could spell additional opportunities for West Michigan-based suppliers, many of whom were early adopters to serving the niche automotive sector.

 

House Democrats offer an alternative to the Green New Deal

New York Times

An influential group of Democrats in the House of Representatives on Tuesday set an ambitious target for United States greenhouse gas emissions, calling for a reduction to net-zero by 2050.

 

Fading electric vehicle support in U.S. and China could delay peak oil demand

Greentech Media

Policy support for electric vehicles is waning in key markets around the world, potentially softening EV sales and pushing back forecasts for a peak in global oil demand, according to a new report by Rapidan Energy Group.

 

An all-electric Ford F-150 pickup truck prototype has towed more than a million pounds

Business Insider

As if a million pounds weren’t impressive enough, Ford then drove those 42 F-150s onto the railcars and towed everything again, another 1,000 feet. The total weight on the second run was 1.25 million pounds (roughly 567,000 kg). The prototype was basically a freight locomotive.