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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
Packets of silica gel dessicant.

Carbon-neutral process turns rice waste into silica compounds

Two U-M researchers turn useless waste from rice processing into the high-purity silica compounds that are used in everything from toothpaste to tires.|Medium Read
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Rapid plankton growth in ocean seen as sign of carbon dioxide loading

A microscopic marine alga is thriving in the North Atlantic to an extent that defies scientific predictions, suggesting swift environmental change as a result of rising carbon dioxide in the ocean.|Medium Read