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Biofuel breakthrough: Quick cook method turns more algae into oil

Michigan Engineering researchers can “pressure-cook” algae for as little as a minute and transform an unprecedented 65 percent of the green slime into biocrude.|Medium Read
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Cleaner motorcycle engines: Student startup inspired by growing emissions in Asia

PicoSpray, a compact fuel injection system designed for small engines such as those in motorcycles and mopeds, could cut emissions in half while being up to 70 percent cheaper than existing technologies.|Medium Read
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Rebecca Wolkoff awarded scholarship to continue her work in sustainable energy

The UVIG works with the U.S. Department of Energy to provide a forum for the critical analysis of wind and solar technology.|Short Read
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U-M radiation detectors go the distance

A contingent of the Detection for Nuclear Nonproliferation Group travelled to Italy to test their detectors for catching bomb-makers.|Medium Read
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Prof. Mingyan Liu receives Best Paper Award at the 11th ACM/IEEE Conference on Information Processing in Sensor Networks

The goal is to be able to monitor the soil moisture with as few measurements as possible and with a high degree of accuracy.|Short Read
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Jinyoung Hwang receives Best Poster Award for research leading to improved solar cells

The researchers succeeded in drastically suppressing the thermal emission rate in GaSb/GaAs quantum dots — resulting in more efficient solar cells.|Short Read
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New method for building a low-cost, high-performance electric machine and drive could result in huge energy savings

Prof. Hofmann intends to design, build and test a 30kW brushless, self-excited synchronous field winding prototype machine that overcomes the weaknesses of the current technology. |Short Read
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Modernizing the nation’s electric grid for alternative energy

"We are proposing an integrated solution that will combine the construction of well-positioned storage facilities that will route excess energy to where it needs to be."|Short Read
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Colored solar cells could make display screens more efficient

Professor Jay Guo has developed the reflective photovoltaic color filter device that can convert absorbed light to electricity. |Short Read
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Fikadu Dagefu receives 2011 Lincoln Lab Fellowship

The applications Dagefu's research include wireless channel characterization, radar through-wall imaging, and distributed sensor networks.|Short Read
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Xueyang Duan receives first prize for research in soil moisture sensing

Duan's research has important applications in global climate change studies and weather forecasting. |Medium Read
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Living off the grid: smart grids are current technology at its best

If that branch had tangled with a smart grid, the scene might have played out differently because smart grids have the ability to be “self-healing.”|Medium Read