This winter, the Battery Lab is expanding to accommodate solid-state battery research for both external users and in-house researchers. Solid-state batteries promise higher energy density and no chance of catching fire. With more development, they could one day replace lithium ion technology.
The Battery Lab and several U-M energy storage researchers will be featured in "Search for the Super Battery," a PBS Nova special airing Wednesday, February 1 at 9 PM. During the special, host David Pogue interviews U-M professors conducting battery research and builds his own battery with Battery Lab manager Greg Less.
Shortly after President Trump's swearing in Friday, most of the content on the Department of Energy's home page disappeared into the ether.
The changeover was much more abrupt than the transition between presidents George W. Bush and Obama in 2009. Back then, the incoming administration dropped in a photo of the new Energy secretary, Steven Chu, and added a small box giving an overview of Obama's energy plan. (See the before and after.)
Will President Obama’s clean energy legacy endure?
The Conversation, feat. Mark Barteau
In the closing days of President Obama’s second term, he and leaders in the Executive Branch worked feverishly to articulate their views of the administration’s legacy – and to cement that legacy as much as possible.
Nowhere is this more evident than in the areas of energy, climate and environment, where, as EPA Administrator Gina McCarty had said since well before the election, the plan was to “run through the tape” at the end of this administration.
Trump nominees should answer these climate questions
Climate Central, feat. Mark Barteau
Tuesday marked the start of confirmation hearings for President-elect Trump’s cabinet nominees. The grueling sessions allow senators from both parties to probe nominees’ backgrounds, question their views and priorities for the agencies they’ll be tasked with running, and weigh their expertise.
Brian Ellis is an Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan. His lab studies topics at the intersection of geology and energy technology, focusing on the ways modern energy developments like hydraulic fracturing impact our underground environment. Ellis explores how water-rock interactions in the subsurface environment control the fate and transport of fluids in low-permeability fractured rocks.
The 2016-17 Beyond Carbon Neutral seminar series brings six leading researchers to campus in order to introduce faculty and students to atmospheric carbon dioxide removal and its associated research needs. The BCN Seminar series is co-hosted by the School of Natural Resources and Environment, the Erb Institute, and the Energy Institute, and supported by the U-M Office of Research.
30 Under 30 Energy 2017: The best minds planning how to power our country Forbes, feat. Travis Thompson (Sakamoto Lab)
It's no easy task finding young minds tackling the problem of energy. The capital-intensive industry tends to be dominated by grizzled veterans who know their way around an oil field. Of course energy goes far beyond traditional oil and gas, but it's still a tough industry to break into. Even so, for this year's 30 Under 30, we managed to find some young talent reimagining what our energy future might look like.
New chemical manufacturing institute to streamline production
Michigan Engineering News
The University of Michigan is joining the American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE) in a manufacturing institute dedicated to improving the efficiency of the chemical industry. The institute is charged with reducing the energy required and the waste generated in making chemical products – from fuels to paper to toothpaste.
To download a Michigan Memorial Phoenix Project Seed Grant application form, click here.
The University of Michigan Regents resolved in 1948 that: “...the University of Michigan create a War Memorial Center to explore the ways and means by which the potentialities of atomic energy may become a beneficent influence in the life of man, to be known as the Phoenix Project of the University of Michigan.”
To this end, the Advisory Board of MMPP administers a seed-funding program for research groups developing proposals for external support.
Trump, carbon neutrality and the next phase of business sustainability
The Conversation, feat. Andy Hoffman
The Trump administration appears to be moving in one direction on the issue of climate change with the appointment of climate skeptic Scott Pruitt to head up the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a transition team led by and stacked with fossil fuel interests.