Friday, February 17, 2017

New moves on American wind power

WBUR, feat. Mark Barteau

California was early to wind power. Then the Midwest and beyond – Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas, Illinois. Texas is huge -- number one. Now, the eastern seaboard is jumping in with offshore wind power generation. The turbines are turning out there. Big new deals are inked. The new administration in Washington is talking coal and oil pipelines. But renewables are surging. Where does the American energy mix go, between markets, policy and climate change? This hour On Point, energy in a windstorm.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Racing against the clock, UM scientists look for new ways to remove carbon dioxide from atmosphere

Michigan Radio, feat. John DeCicco

According to NASA, 2016 was the warmest year since record-keeping began in 1880. It was the third straight year to break the record for global average temperatures.

Around the world, governments, businesses and individuals are taking steps to reverse this trend.

Friday, February 03, 2017

Search for the Super Battery

PBS (NOVA), feat. Levi Thompson, Jeff Sakamoto, Neil Dasgupta and Battery Lab Manager Greg Less

Explore the hidden world of energy storage and its potential to unlock a greener future.

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Keystone XL and the Dakota Access Pipeline Controversies explained

The Verge, feat. Mark Barteau

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

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.

Monday, January 30, 2017

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. 

Friday, January 27, 2017

Most of DOE's home page erased after inauguration

E&E EnergyWire, feat. Barry Rabe

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.)

Friday, January 20, 2017

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.

Friday, January 13, 2017

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.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

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.

Monday, January 09, 2017

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.

Friday, January 06, 2017

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.

Friday, December 23, 2016

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.