Trucks rolled in to the Energy Institute BattLab last week, delivering pilot line electrode preparation equipment, including the coater, electro-densification press, and a slitter. The BattLab’s dry room construction is complete save for air handling equipment, and glove boxes have arrived.
The lab’s power x-ray defractometer, cyclers and thermal chambers are expected to arrive next month. The lab has already completed some commercial thermal testing and consulting work, and expects to be open for users by the end of summer.
This study analyzes the real impacts of raising Michigan’s Renewable Portfolio Standard - the policy mandating the percentage of the state’s electric generation capacity that must be provided by renewable power. The study, sponsored by the University of Michigan Energy Institute, analyzes several scenarios, detailing the changes to different power generation sources such as coal and natural gas, the environmental benefits to the state, and the associated costs under each.
Recent developments, including the introduction of competitive wholesale markets for electricity services and greater use of renewables, have increased interest in energy storage. Despite these positive developments, energy storage deployment is still hampered by a number of market design, regulatory, and modeling issues. In this talk, these issues hampering efficient storage deployment and use are further discussed. We also provide some recommendations on future research directions that can help address these issues.
North campus just got a little bit safer. On January 27-29, energy storage and lithium battery safety training seminars were held at the Battery Fabrication and Characterization User Facility for those doing energy storage research or using the facility. Dedicated in Fall 2013 and currently nearing completion, the facility, dubbed the Battlab, is a space developed in cooperation with the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Ford Motor Company.
A new technique developed by University of Michigan Materials Science and Engineering professor Richard Laine’s research group holds promise for the quest to create a scalable solid-state alternative to traditional lithium-ion batteries. The work was recently published in the Journal of Power Sources.
Electricity for rainforest villages in Gabon. Tent fabric that harvests solar energy for nomadic people in Kazakhstan. A modular greenhouse and fish farm in an unused industrial building in Highland Park, Michigan.
These are some of the goals and possibilities a team of 17 researchers will pursue with a new $3 million Third Century Initiative Global Challenges grant from the University of Michigan.
Nathaniel Szymczak, the Dow Corning Assistant Professor of Chemistry and an Energy Institute Faculty Affiliate, was named a 2014 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation research fellow, along with two other U-M scientists. The award comes with a $50,000 research boost.