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Energy in the News: Friday, May 24

This week at the Energy Institute, researchers from University of Michigan, Carnegie Mellon, University California-Davis, University of California-San Diego and San Diego State University attended a two-day workshop to discuss the research and battery innovations necessary to propel the electric vehicle industry and decarbonize the transportation sector.

Dr. Greg Keoleian, director of the Center for Sustainable Systems and professor of civil and environmental engineering, joined fellow researchers, Jim Gawron and Akshat Kasliwa, on Detroit’s WWJ News Radio this week to discuss a recent U-M study with Ford Motor Company that examined the environmental impact of flying cars.


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GM gives all its vehicles a new soul

WIRED, featuring Anna Stefanopoulou

“Vehicles are now becoming so connected, so dependent on data, on processing, this is not just adding one more feature,” says Anna Stefanopoulou, a mechanical and electrical engineer who directs the University of Michigan’s Energy Institute. “You have to completely rethink the computing system.”

 

Atmospheric methane levels are going up and no one know why

WIRED, featuring Eric Kort

Understanding why methane levels continue to rise is not simply an academic exercise; it’s crucial to knowing just what humanity might be facing as the planet continues to warm. “We need to have process representation to understand these mechanisms,” says Eric Kort, an atmospheric scientist at the University of Michigan, “so we can say, for example, with certain changes to temperature and the hydrological cycle, we’d expect methane emissions to increase by X amount.”

 

Bill Gates: This is what we need to do to tackle climate change

World Economic Forum

While electricity generation is the single biggest contributor to climate change—responsible for 25 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions and growing every day—it’s an even bigger part of the solution. With clean electricity, we can do more than light our homes and power our grid. We’ll unlock a source of carbon-free energy to help power the sectors of the economy that produce the other 75 percent of greenhouse gas emissions.

 

Bloomberg charity, Midwest universities organize 2020 summit

E&E News

The Midwest Collegiate Climate Summit will be early next year, uniting university officials, local governments and businesses to “drive measurable local action on climate by leveraging the partnerships, innovation and talent from the institutions.”

 

Consumers Energy chief sees solar future in Michigan

Bridge Magazine

Consumers still generates more than 30 percent of its electricity from coal, but it’s shuttered seven plants since 2016 and vows to close the remaining five by 2040 — part of its plan to slash carbon dioxide emissions 90 percent by that date.

 

AEP and Honda team up to find new use for old electric vehicle batteries

Daily Energy Insider

The project aims to address some challenges for the growing EV market. Managing demand will be a part of this, but increased renewable energy incorporation and the use of EV batteries as storage also require large-scale planning. Repurposing used EV batteries as additional power stores factors into this as a way to reduce strain on the power grid.