Alternative Energy Research
A team of researchers was awarded a $2 million National Science Foundation grant to explore the creation of better biofuels from algae. The four-year project involves growing various combinations of freshwater algae species in 180 aquariums at the School of Natural Resources and Environment. The project involves an unusual collaboration among ecologists, evolutionary biologists and engineers from four labs that will include about 20 researchers and students.
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U-M hosted the National Climate Assessment town hall to present a 1,100 plus-page report written for the federal government by a team of more than 240 scientists, including three from the U-M. The report assesses the key impacts of climate change on every region of the country and analyzes its likely effects on human health, water, energy, transportation, agriculture, forest, ecosystems and biodiversity.
A unique $8 million battery lab at the U-M Energy Institute will enable industry and university researchers to collaborate on developing cheaper and longer lasting energy storage devices in the heart of the U.S. auto industry. The new facility –for prototyping, testing, and analyzing batteries and the materials that go into them – promises to be a key enabler for Southeast Michigan's battery supply chain, and is located in U-M’s newest Gold-LEED certified building.
The U-M is partnering with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel to develop renewable energy technology in a three-year program. The partnership brings diverse minds together to work toward solving major challenges in the areas of advanced vehicle fuels, solar energy and thermoelectric materials, which convert heat to electricity.