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Flint water tower

Universities collaborate to examine Flint water filters

Researchers from the University of Michigan, Wayne State University and Michigan State University are conducting studies that are expected to provide additional guidance about the use of filters in Flint.|Medium Read
Scientist pours base to construct kevlar battery membrane

U-M battery startup enters $1.5M joint venture

In an effort to make safer, longer-lasting lithium-ion batteries for technologies like electric vehicles, smartphones and laptops, a Michigan Engineering startup has formed a $1.5 million joint venture with two major players in the industry.|Medium Read
Bill Magwood, Director-General at the Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development, speaks during a discussion panel at the Michigan Energy Symposium at the Rackham Graduate School

Will nuclear energy save us from climate change?

Energy-sector thought leaders, from industry, government and academia, recently came together at the University of Michigan to discuss the role of nuclear power in fighting climate change.|Medium Read
A solar panel illuminated at night.

Solving the “Christmas light” problem so solar panels can handle shade

Just 10 percent shade cover can drop electricity production by 50 percent. A new U-M-led project aims to change that.|Short Read
Workers prepare to lower the Vivace device into the St. Clair river

Wringing power from water

In a milestone that took more than a decade to reach, the Vortex Hydro Energy team is testing the first commercial-scale prototype of a device designed to generate electricity from slow-moving river and ocean currents. |Short Read
Man farming lettuce

A $3M grant to turn urine into food crop fertilizer

Converting human urine into a safe fertilizer for agricultural crops is the goal of a new $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation.|Medium Read
Aerial view of area with methane leak

Methane leaks: A new way to find and fix in real time

Researchers have flown aircraft over an oil and gas field and pinpointed – with unprecedented precision – sources of the greenhouse gas methane in real time.|Medium Read
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Building the internet of water

Sensor nodes that measure the water flow, soil moisture, rainfall and other rapidly changing storm predictors.|Short Read
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U-Michigan Solar Car to defend title in race through National Parks

Solar Car prepares for 2016 American Solar Challenge.|Short Read
Plane in flight over oil field

One oil field a key culprit in global ethane gas increase

A single U.S. shale oil field is responsible for much of the past decade’s increase in global atmospheric levels of ethane, a gas that can damage air quality and impact climate.|Medium Read
Chevy Volts parked in a row

Faster assessment for hybrid electric vehicle designs

A team researchers at U-M and in China developed a fast way to sift through a million different designs of the system that connects power to wheels of the Chevy Volt, finding 20 that might be improvements.|Medium Read
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Silica from rice hull ash

Useless waste from rice into high-purity silica compounds|Short Read