Energy

A transparent aerogel could reduce the energy loss in absorbers for solar thermal power plants by 67 percent. Credit: Lenert Lab, Michigan Engineering

$1.6M for solar cell windows and high-temperature solar power

New sustainability research garners support from Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office. |Medium Read
The summer sun rises on North Campus of the University of Michigan

Urgent climate action: How engineers are heeding IPCC’s call

Efforts are underway to reduce CO2, develop sustainable energy, and adapt to a warmer future.|Medium Read
Live micro algae that is being introduced as a source of vegetable oils that can be used in the manufacturing of biodiesel fuel to replace the existing traditional agricultural sources of oil. Andre Boehman, professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Walter E. Lay Automotive Laboratory at the University of Michigan. Photo: Evan Dougherty

From ponds to power: $2M to perfect algae as a diesel fuel

University of Michigan becomes one of the few institutes in the world working on the problem end-to-end.|Medium Read
Blue batteries stacked on top of each other for storage

U-M faculty to pursue battery breakthroughs as part of nationwide initiative

Two Michigan Engineering professors are involved in ambitious research to develop next-generation batteries. |Short Read
An electron microscope image

Heat transfer surprise could lead to thermal transistors

Mechanical engineers find another way to break Planck's law at the nanoscale.|Medium Read
Fall on North Campus. Photo: Joseph Xu

Anna Stefanopoulou to serve as director of Energy Institute

Anna Stefanopoulou's five year appointment as the director of the Energy Institute begins September 1. |Medium Read
View of Bakken shale in North Dakota from a plane in flight

Oil, gas methane emissions 60 percent higher than EPA reports

Gas leaks estimated to be worth $2 billion could have fueled 10 million homes.|Short Read
Xin Zan

Xin Zan wins two awards for wireless power transfer research

New research into implanted medical devices and peer-to-peer charging.|Short Read
A solar array on U-M’s North Campus

The material that could power tomorrow’s solar cells

‘We estimate that a finished solar cell could be about ten times cheaper than an equivalent gallium arsenide cell.’ |Medium Read
Electrical and Computer Engineering

Mengqi Yao receives High Quality Paper Award at PowerTech Conference

In recognition of demand response research.|Short Read
Stephanie Crocker Ross

Stephanie Crocker Ross receives Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship

Dissertation recognized as unusually creative, ambitious and impactful.|Short Read
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Harvesting clean hydrogen fuel through artificial photosynthesis

New device doubles previous efficiency, opens path to commercial viability.|Medium Read