Energy + Environment
Cheap, sustainable hydrogen through solar powerWithstanding high temperatures and the light of 160 suns, a new catalyst is ten times more efficient than previous sun-powered water-splitting devices of its kind.
Team working to reduce energy burdens in Detroit recognized…PhD students Joshua Brooks, Xavier Farrell, and Madeline Miller are part of an NSF Smart and Connected Communities project that partners with local Detroit organizations to reduce household energy insecurity.
Wireless and battery-free sensors for sustainable smart citiesThe sensors will provide real-time data for smart decision-making by allowing the natural environment and the built environment to communicate seamlessly.
New global partnership aims to advance renewable energy generation with net-zero hydrogen production technologiesThe Global Hydrogen Production Technologies (HyPT) Center seeks to create a viable pathway to decarbonize energy-intensive industries such as ammonia, steel, cement, aluminum, transportation, and more.
September 7, 2023
Si/GaN Technology Unlocks New Potential for Hydrogen Fuel ProductionScientists from the University of Michigan made important discoveries regarding the semiconductive use of gallium nitrate (GaN) three years ago, focusing on the advantages it has to offer solar energy technology. ECE Prof Zetian Mi was one of the inventors of artificial photosynthesis devices using Si/GaN about ten years ago.
The University Record: September 6, 2023
Eight research teams chosen for new Boost programProf. Aline Eid will be working on “Advancing Battery-less Sensing for Sustainable Living and Civil Infrastructures” for the first cycle of the University of Michigan’s newly launched Boost program as part of the Bold Challenges Initiative.
Research seeking to improve integration of renewable energy into the grid wins R&D 100 awardLed by Prof. Johanna Mathieu, the project utilizes strategic control of air conditioners to improve the overall efficiency and reliability of the power grid.
Organic photovoltaics offer realistic pathway to power-generating windowsA new fabrication process greatly improves the reliability of highly-efficient semi-transparent solar cells, which can be applied to windows to generate solar power.
May 26, 2023
Dingell Announces $1 Million for Clean Hydrogen Project at University of MichiganCongresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-06) announces Prof. Zetian Mi’s clean hydrogen project funded by the Department of Energy.
New method to produce green hydrogen offers promising path to carbon neutralityWith next gen solar cell technology, Prof. Zetian Mi leads a DoE project to develop high efficiency, low cost, and ultrastable production of green hydrogen fuels directly from sunlight and water.
Eliminating the Tradeoffs Between Farming and Solar Energy DevelopmentTesting Semi-Transparent Solar Cell Technology at U-M’s Campus Farm.
Equity in the energy technology transition is new Institute’s goalProf. Johanna Mathieu is the new Associate Director of the Institute for Energy Solutions, which will continue U-M’s 75-year legacy of leadership in energy research.
Johanna Mathieu awarded 2023 IEEE PES Wanda Reder Pioneer in Power AwardMathieu is a national leader on research to reduce the environmental impact, cost, and inefficiency of electric power systems.
Nature: April 24, 2023
Oxynitrides enabled photoelectrochemical water splitting with over 3,000 hrs stable operation in practical two-electrode configurationProf. Zetian Mi co-authors this new study published in Nature Communications on the practical application of photoelectrochemical devices and systems for clean energy.
Team working to reduce energy burdens in Detroit recognized with Michigan Difference Student Leadership AwardPhD students Joshua Brooks, Xavier Farrell, and Madeline Miller are part of an NSF Smart and Connected Communities project that partners with local Detroit organizations to reduce household energy insecurity.
March 13, 2023
Interfacing renewable energy infrastructure and human behavior to pursue energy security | ForumProf. Johanna Mathieu was a featured speaker at the Cell Press Sustainability Forum regarding the feasibility and major roadblocks of renewable energy as a vehicle to pursue energy security in residential and commercial sectors.
Ishtiaque Navid awarded Predoctoral Fellowship to support research impacting green energyNavid is exploiting III-Nitride nanostructures for artificial photosynthesis and next generation nanoscale optoelectronics.
FOX: March 1, 2023
Thousands of customers remain without power across Michigan following ice stormIan Hiskens, Vennema Professor of Engineering, talks to Fox Weather about why thousands of customers are still waking up to no power following last week’s ice storm.
National Science Foundation: February 24, 2023
Swimming Robot Borrows from Nature (and more)In this video, the National Science Foundation features the breakthrough research led by Prof. Zetian Mi on producing inexpensive, sustainable hydrogen through solar power.
February 24, 2023
New hydrogen production makes H2 by copying plantsHydrogen Fuel News reports on Prof. Zetian Mi and his team’s breakthrough on producing inexpensive, sustainable hydrogen through solar power.
Detroit News: February 10, 2023
DTE to charge more for peak-time power in move to time-of-day rates“It’s a commonly proposed tool to shift when they are consuming electricity to better manage the needs of the consumer. It’s making it your responsibility if you care about those prices and what you’re paying to the utility,” said Prof. Johanna Mathieu on the increasing use of time-of-day energy rates, which vary consumer costs during peak and off-peak hours.
Ishtiaque Navid receives SVCF Scholarship to support his research in semiconductor materialsNavid’s research is focused on artificial photosynthesis and optoelectronics using III-Nitride based semiconductor materials.
Arthur Xiao receives SVCF Scholarship to support his research in semiconductor materialsXiao has been working on several projects in Prof. Zetian’s Mi’s group, including micro LED technology and renewable energy.
National Science Foundation: January 19, 2023
Solar Powered Sustainable HydrogenThe NSF Discovery Files features Prof. Zetian Mi’s renewable approach to producing hydrogen fuel using a novel semiconductor catalyst, concentrated natural sunlight and fresh or salt water.
DBusiness Magazine: January 11, 2023
U-M Developed Solar Panel Achieves Sustainable, High-efficiency Hydrogen ProductionA new kind of solar panel that mimics a crucial step in natural photosynthesis by achieving 9 percent efficiency in converting water into hydrogen and oxygen has been developed by Prof. Zetian Mi and his team. The first author on the Nature paper is Dr. Peng Zhouho.
Science: January 5, 2023
Sun-powered water splitter produces unprecedented levels of green energyA new breakthrough by Prof. Zetian Mi’s group resulted in a device that triples the efficiency of previous setups.
Cheap, sustainable hydrogen through solar powerWithstanding high temperatures and the light of 160 suns, a new catalyst is ten times more efficient than previous sun-powered water-splitting devices of its kind.
Semiconductor Engineering: January 4, 2023
Photosynthesis photodetectorProf. Stephen Forrest talks about a new type of high-efficiency photodetector inspired by the photosynthetic complexes plants use to turn sunlight into energy, developed by his group.
December 14, 2022
Jeep Stops Production of Popular Vehicle, Closes FactoryProf. Heath Hofmann mentions the costs involved in switching an auto plant from combustible to electric motor production.
Laser Focus World: December 13, 2022
Meet ZEUS, the highest-power laser in the U.S.Dr. Anatoly Maksimchuk describes Zettawatt-Equivalent Ultrashort pulse laser System (ZEUS), the most powerful laser in the U.S., in a short recorded interview
Broadening the engineering perspective through coastline conservation in Middle EarthAs part of the U-M Engineering Global Leadership (EGL) Honors Program, Electrical Engineering undergrad Nora Desmond traveled There and Back Again to experience the sustainability culture of New Zealand.
Streamlining home assessments for energy justiceIn a partnership with Ecoworks, Pecan Street, and Jefferson East, Prof. Johanna Mathieu is helping create a better process for Detroit homes to benefit from decarbonization, electrification, and renewable energy integration.
CNET: October 28, 2022
Our Ailing Power Grid Isn’t Cut Out for Climate ChangeCNET interviews Prof. Johanna Mathieu about how we improve the power grid and integrate more renewable energy to mitigate the effects of climate change.
Physics: September 21, 2022
Plant-Based Strategy for Harvesting LightPhysics features Prof. Stephen Forrest’s new photodetector design, which borrows its light-gathering architecture from plants and offers a potential path to more efficient solar cells.
Optics.org: September 8, 2022
University of Michigan designs photodetector inspired by photosynthesisThe new device, created by members of Prof. Stephen Forrest’s group, makes practical use of polaritons, pointing to a “goldmine of polariton applications.”
Photosynthesis copycat may improve solar cellsThe new approach moves energy efficiently and could reduce energy losses converting light into electricity.
Phys.org: September 2, 2022
New photodetector design inspired by plant photosynthesisPhys.org features Prof. Stephen Forrest’s research on a new type of high-efficiency photodetector inspired by the photosynthetic complexes plants use to turn sunlight into energy.
Popular Science: August 23, 2022
Why hasn’t Henry Ford’s ideal power grid become a reality?Johanna Mathieu sees a cooperative approach to energy usage as one of the solutions to a more sustainable approach to powering homes and businesses.
WXYZ: August 15, 2022
Is DTE ready for the electric vehicle future in MichiganDTE says it’s ready to handle 20% of the population having EVs right now. Others respond, including Prof. Ian Hiskens who describes a more nuanced reality
Smithsonian: August 11, 2022
This 17-Year-Old Designed a Motor That Could Potentially Transform the Electric Car IndustryProf. Heath Hofmann is quoted in this article by the Smithsonian about the sustainable manufacturing of electric vehicles that do not require rare-earth magnets.
August 8, 2022
Inside Clean Energy: What’s Hotter than Solar Panels? Solar Windows.Inside Climate News features Prof. Stephen Forrest’s work developing a peel-off patterning technique that could enable more fragile organic semiconductors to be manufactured into semitransparent solar panels at scale.
Toward manufacturing semitransparent solar cells the size of windowsA peel-off patterning technique could enable more fragile organic semiconductors to be manufactured into semitransparent solar panels at scale.
Task Force report on grid stability concepts receives IEEE PES Prize Paper AwardThe rapid growth of renewable energy led to an international task force to study its impact on the stability of worldwide power systems.
Solar-powered chemistry uses carbon dioxide and water to make feedstock for fuels, chemicalsProducing synthesis gas, a precursor of a variety of fuels and chemicals, no longer requires natural gas, coal or biomass.
WXYZ: June 15, 2022
Agency warns of power grid failures; DTE says it has ‘enough electricity’ in MichiganProf. Ian Hiskens comments on this story about potential energy grid disruptions this summer in Michigan during severe heat waves.
Detroit Free Press: June 13, 2022
It won’t be easy for DTE Energy to retire huge, coal-fired Monroe power plantProf. Ian Hiskens is interviewed in this feature by the Detroit Free Press.
May 23, 2022
Extreme heat, weather may lead to blackouts for millions this summerProf. Johanna Mathieu comments in this story by The National News Desk about the risks of energy shortfalls this summer and potential new technologies that could help in the future.
Detroit News: April 13, 2022
Michigan universities might be developing the next big thing: transparent solar panelsRead about the efforts of Prof. Stephen Forrest’s group to use buildings to generate renewable solar power through the use of transparent solar panels in windows. Doctoral student Xinjing Huang also talks about the research in a video.
IEEE Spectrum: March 21, 2022
Dandelion-Inspired Sensors Float on the WindProf. Hun-Seok Kim is quoted in this piece by Spectrum about sensors that could quickly set up large sensor networks for environmental and agricultural monitoring.
Alireza Ramyar awarded Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for his research on power processing architectures for improved sustainabilityRamyar’s research focuses on how power and energy can be transformed, extracted from clean power generation, and stored effectively and sustainably.
Anna Stuhlmacher awarded Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship for her research that could help integrate renewable energy sources into the power gridStuhlmacher is working to optimize the interaction between the power distribution network and the drinking water distribution network to improve the sustainability, flexibility, and resiliency of both systems.
Al-Thaddeus Avestruz receives CAREER Award to advance sustainable energy storageUsing retired electric vehicle batteries, the project plans to enable widespread and equitable access to sustainable power and energy through sustainable energy storage.
Optimizing the interactions between critical infrastructure systems for better flexibility, sustainability, and resiliencyPhD student Anna Stuhlmacher researches how the water distribution network can better provide services to the power network, which can allow for greater integration of renewable energy sources into the grid, reduce costs, and improve system resiliency.
New collaborative project for advancing energy justice in DetroitIn partnership with Detroit-based community organizations, Prof. Johanna Mathieu co-leads a team of researchers working to reduce disparities in household energy insecurity for low and moderate income households.
$1.8M to develop room temperature, controllable quantum nanomaterialsThe project could pave the way for compact quantum computing and communications as well as efficient UV lamps for sterilization and air purification.
Laser Focus World: September 18, 2021
Novel transparent solar cells show promise for power-generating windowsThe transparency-friendly solar cell, developed by Prof. Stephen Forrest’s group, pairs high efficiencies with 30-year estimated lifetimes.
Solar cells with 30-year lifetimes for power-generating windowsHigh-efficiency but fragile molecules for converting light to electricity thrive with a little protection.
August 11, 2021
VIDEO: Grid-interactive efficient buildingsProf. Johanna Mathieu and Shunbo Lei organized and spoke on a panel examining how energy efficiency and demand response interplay with each other in grid-interactive efficient buildings (GEBs)
July 30, 2021
Snail ComputersProf. David Blaauw talks with BYUradio about the Michigan Micro Mote and how it helped solve a snail mass extinction mystery.
Using remote sensing to track microplastics in the oceanElectrical Engineering undergrad Madeline Evans is a key researcher on a project that uses NASA’s Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System to monitor microplastic pollution that harms marine ecosystems.
July 13, 2021
Energy equity depends on data, and experts say there isn’t enough of itUtility Dive interviews Prof. Johanna Mathieu about her work with energy testbed, Pecan Street, which is expanding its residential network into Detroit to gather more insights from communities of color regarding the clean energy transition.
July 2, 2021
Revamped OLED Electrodes Could Cut Power ConsumptionOptics & Photonics News covers research by L. Jay Guo and his efficient organic LED (OLED) that emits more light with the same amount of power.
Nanotech OLED electrode liberates 20% more light, could slash display power consumptionA five-nanometer-thick layer of silver and copper outperforms conventional indium tin oxide without adding cost.
Tracking ocean microplastics from spaceSatellites give new insights on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, plus sources and flows of ocean microplastic.
Artificial photosynthesis devices that improve themselves with use
“Our discovery is a real game-changer. I’ve never seen such stability.”
University of Michigan: March 18, 2021
U-M President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality Submits Final RecommendationsThe President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality, co-chaired by Prof. Stephen Forrest and charged with recommending scalable, transferrable, and financially responsible pathways for the University of Michigan to achieve net-zero emissions, has submitted its final report to President Mark Schlissel and university leadership.
$6.25 million to develop new semiconductors for artificial photosynthesis
An interdisciplinary team from four universities are developing a new class of semiconductors for novel artificial photosynthesis and the production of clean chemicals and fuels using sunlight, as part of a DoD MURI
Kaleo Roberts receives scholarship from the American Indian Science and Engineering Society
Roberts works to improve remote sensing of soil moisture, which is important for environmental conservation, natural resource management, and agriculture.
University of Michigan: January 5, 2021
Carbon neutrality commission releases draft recommendationsThe President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality, co-chaired by Prof. Stephen Forrest and charged with recommending scalable and transferable strategies for U-M to achieve net-zero emissions, has released its preliminary draft recommendations for public comment.
DYNAMO achieves first observation of the “charge separation effect”
Research led by Prof. Stephen Rand, Director of the Center for Dynamic Magneto-optics (DYNAMO), has important potential for energy conversion, ultrafast switching, nanophotonics, and nonlinear optics.
U-M, community partners tackle energy insecurity in three Detroit neighborhoods
Johanna Mathieu is one of four principal investigators on a project to improve home energy efficiency and to lower monthly utility bills.
Podcast: Artificial photosynthesis for sustainable solar fuels
In S1E1, Prof. Zetian Mi talks unlocking quantum properties to close the loop on carbon emissions.
DBusiness Magazine: November 12, 2020
U-M Researchers Create Solar Cells that Harness Heat to Store ElectricityDBusiness highlights the research led by Prof. Stephen Forrest on heat harnessing solar cells that store energy.
University of Pittsburgh: November 9, 2020
Tracking Monarch Butterfly Migration with the World’s Smallest Computer-PittsburghThe University of Pittsburgh highlights the contribution of Inhee Lee, an ECE alum, in the project using Michigan Micro Motes to track monarch butterfly migration.
Phys.org: October 28, 2020
Tracking monarch butterfly migration with the world’s smallest computerPhys.org re-publishes our piece on how researchers from ECE and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology are using the Michigan Micro Mote to track monarch migration in unprecedented ways.
Tracking Monarch Butterfly Migration with the World’s Smallest Computer
In a project funded by National Geographic, ECE researchers are teaming up with the department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology to advance our understanding of monarch butterfly migration with the most ambitious iteration of the Michigan Micro Mote yet.
Michigan News: October 2, 2020
U-M joins universities, nonprofits, governments at Midwest Climate SummitStephen Forrest, William Gould Dow Collegiate Professor in Electrical Engineering at the College of Engineering and co-chair of the President’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality, who will discuss U-M’s climate commitments and the carbon commission on Oct. 9
Coordination and collaboration are critical to U.S. leadership in plasma science: a Q&A with the Plasma 2020 Decadal Study co-chair
Plasma science has the potential to speed advances in medicine, energy, electronics and more—including helping us deal with pandemics.
Mirror-like photovoltaics get more electricity out of heat
By reflecting nearly all the light they can’t turn into electricity, they help pave the way for storing renewable energy as heat.
Detecting environmental pollutants with a smaller, portable, fully electric gas chromatograph
Prof. Yogesh Gianchandani and Dr. Yutao Qin received an “Outstanding Paper Award” for their fully electronic micro gas chromatography system.
Urban solar energy: Solar panels for windows hit record 8% efficiency
Transparent solar panels on windows could take a bite out of a building’s electricity needs.
Professors Jay Guo and Zetian Mi awarded MTRAC funding for research in autonomous and green vehicles
Guo is working to boost the visibility of autonomous cars for improved safety, and Mi is building a prototype solar hydrogen production system that could out-compete electric cars.
Battery-free sensor startup takes aim at industrial efficiency
Part of the team that brought us the world’s smallest computer in 2015 brings the future of computing technology into the present.
Tianlin Wang recognized with Towner Prize and Distinguished Leadership Award
The College of Engineering honors ECE PhD candidate Tianlin Wang for his excellent research in remote sensing as well as his leadership and service to the community.
Russel Lecture: Fighting climate change with organic electronics
The researcher-entrepreneur who helped bring OLED displays to the masses envisions a future of efficient lighting and next-gen solar power.
Leung Tsang elected to the National Academy of Engineering
A professor of electrical engineering and computer science is awarded one of engineering’s top honors.
Automotive research team recognized for research excellence
The ARC works to solve a broad set of issues pertaining to the modeling and simulation of ground vehicle systems.
‘Green methane’ from artificial photosynthesis could recycle CO2
A catalyst on a solar panel can make methane, the main component of natural gas, with carbon dioxide, water and sunlight.
Prof. Elaheh Ahmadi receives AFOSR Young Investigator Program award
Prof. Ahmadi will investigate promising new materials needed for an increasingly electrified world
Commission on Carbon Neutrality talks progress, environmental justice at town hall
Prof. Stephen Forrest, who serves as co-chair of the commission, attended the forum to address concerns and give updates on the plan of action.
Commission co-chairs: Climate change solutions need broad commitmentAn update on the work done by U-M’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality, co-chaired by Prof. Stephen Forrest.
Can organic solar cells last – even into the next millennium? These might.
Finally, proof that organic photovoltaics can be as reliable as inorganic, with real-life desert testing
Prof. Kamal Sarabandi welcomes Emperor and Empress of Japan at IGARSS 2019
Predicting future disasters is an important goal of those participating in the IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium
Xianhe Liu receives Best Poster Award at ICNS 2019
The research impacts development of high-efficiency, micro LEDs, used in a variety of applications.
The National Academy of Engineering invites Prof. Johanna Mathieu to symposium to advance the engineering frontier
The symposium brings together 82 young engineers from different technical areas from around the country.
Counting snowflakes for better water resource management
Mostafa Zaky has built an award-winning model that helps estimate the amount of water stored in snowpacks, which could improve climate change and flood forecasting, as well as overall water resource management.
Prof. Louise Willingale creates extreme plasma conditions using high-intensity laser pulses
Willingale’s research in plasma physics advances many research areas from spectacular astrophysical phenomena to cancer treatment to fusion power.
Building community through clean energy
From Long Beach, CA, to a Nepalese national park and world heritage site, undergrads Ashley Gee and Camille Burke came away with unforgettable experiences and a greater appreciation for how engineering can change the world for the better.
New DOE project aims to convert a traditional engine into a hybrid OP engine with the help of control algorithms
A new project funded by ARPA-E partners Achates Power and the University of Michigan in the development of a novel hybrid electric engine.
The Future is Carbon Neutral
Prof. Stephen Forrest is co-chair of U-M’s Commission on Carbon Neutrality as part of U-M’s commitment to combat climate change and craft a sustainable future for all.
A new $1.6M energy project to develop low cost manufacturing of white organic lighting
Prof. Stephen Forrest is developing an automated high-yield roll-to-roll process to manufacture organic LEDs for lighting.
New research for the future of sustainable power and energyTake a look at some of the exciting new projects that will help define the next evolution of sustainable power and energy.
Battery economics could power the future of energy
Prof. Johanna Mathieu of EECS and Prof. Catherine Hausman of Public Policy are heading a new project to explore the social costs and benefits of battery energy storage on the electrical grid.
How air conditioners could advance a renewable power grid
In an approach that won’t disrupt consumers, researchers will tackle two of the biggest issues in the energy industry.
Johanna Mathieu receives NSF CAREER Award to help build a smarter, more sustainable grid
Mathieu will develop optimization and control methods to leverage the flexibility available from distributed energy resources.
Johanna Mathieu receives Ernest and Bettine Kuh Distinguished Faculty Award
The award recognizes Mathieu’s outstanding teaching, research, and service in the area of power and energy.
$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.
A window into the future of solar power
Windows in the buildings of the future could double as efficient solar cells.
A new company, Omniscent, is sniffing out dangerous levels of toxic chemicals in the air
Subscription service offers real-time monitoring
Photosynthesis and Clean Energy
Prof. Zetian Mi talks about a new way to create energy from the sun – borrowing from the idea of photosynthesis.
Blue Sky and Research Accelerator Initiatives fund solar fuel and high-power research
Blue Sky: Up to $10M toward research so bold, some of it just might fail
Inspired by startup funding models, Michigan Engineering reinvents its internal R&D grant structure.
Mengqi Yao receives High Quality Paper Award at PowerTech Conference
In recognition of demand response research.
Stephanie Crocker Ross receives Rackham Predoctoral Fellowship
Dissertation recognized as unusually creative, ambitious and impactful.
Harvesting clean hydrogen fuel through artificial photosynthesis
New device doubles previous efficiency, opens path to commercial viability.
Huanting Huang and the mathematical shape of trees
An award-winning modeling method will help us better understand our natural environment
Organic solar cells reach record efficiency, benchmark for commercialization
The multi-layered organic solar cells will be able to curve in clothing or be transparently built into windows.
Installing an alternative on spring break
Students put up solar power systems and learned the local issues of a Native American reservation while on spring break.
Game theory for electric vehicle charging
SMAP Update: A mission to manage water globally
The satellite mission to collect global data of surface soil moisture can help weather forecasting around the world.
Louise Willingale advancing scientific knowledge of plasmas
Using some of the best lasers in the world, Willingale is shedding light on the impact of solar events on Earth.
Professor Leung Tsang Receives 2018 Van de Hulst AwardProf. Tsang is a world-renowned expert in the field of theoretical and computational electromagnetics, and in particular microwave remote sensing of the earth.
Prof. Amir Mortazawi introduces robust wireless power transfer
Compared to conventional methods of wireless power, which require a specific distance and alignment, Prof. Mortazawi’s version operates over a range of distances and orientations without a drop in power.
Semiconductor breakthrough may be game-changer for organic solar cells
Buildings, clothing could generate power.
Stephen Forrest: ECE Bicentennial + Beyond lecture
This series of talks features world-renowned faculty with a long history at Michigan.
New biodegradable hydrogel offers eco-friendly alternative to synthetics
A water-absorbing hydrogel made from bacteria provides a safer soil solution.
Deep UV LEDs lead to two best poster awards at ISSLED 2017
New techniques to construct deep UV LEDs prove prize-worthy.
Precise pulses explore light’s magnetismA new laser will investigate an unusual magnetic effect that may lead to efficient solar energy harvesting.
Using University of Michigan buildings as batteries
How a building’s thermal energy can help the power grid accommodate more renewable energy sources.
IGARSS Interactive Symposium Paper Award for modeling the world’s forests
The paper outlines a better way to quantify forest structure, which has been successful in two tree species.
Two students earn scholarships to pursue work in sustainable energy
Two electrical engineering students, Paul Giessner and Noah Mitchell-Ward, were awarded scholarships from the Utility Variable-Generation Integration Group (UVIG) to support their education in wind and solar power.
Anna Stuhlmacher: Power to change the world
Anna Stuhlmacher, PhD in electrical engineering, is looking for ways to change the world through power and energy.
MICDE grant funds renewable power research
Prof. Mathieu is partnering with IOE faculty to improve the nation’s grid system
March 4, 2017
These four tech teams just won $12 million in the ERA carbon Grand ChallengeZetian Mi is a member of a team initiated at McGill University in Canada that will receive up to $3M by reaching the second round of the Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA) Grand Challenge: Innovative Carbon Uses.
EE student Leonard Kapiloff earns PES scholarship to support studies in secure, sustainable grid
This $2000 scholarship recognizes outstanding students committed to exploring the power and energy field. Leonard wants to work in the energy industry towards a more sustainable and secure electric grid.
Parag Deotare receives AFOSR Award for research in Nanoscale Exciton-Mechanical Systems (NEXMS)
Prof. Deotare’s work will deepen our understanding of the underlying physics of exciton-mechanics interactions and help engineer novel devices for energy harvesting and up-conversion.
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.
Solar power plant: $1.4M grant aims to cut costs
With the help of the grant, improved devices, in combination with a new coating from a U-M engineering lab, could make concentrated solar power cheaper and more efficient.
A new, low-cost way to monitor snow and ice thickness to evaluate environmental change
Mohammad has developed a new way to remotely measure the thickness of ice and snow with a technology he calls wideband autocorrelation radiometry (WiBAR).
Stephen Forrest Elected to National Academy of Sciences
Membership in the NAS is one of the highest distinctions for a scientist or engineer in the United States.
The power goes out. The aurorae stretch to the tropics. Could a major solar storm mean a year without electricity?
Charles F. BrushLighting Up the World.
Using energy storage in an environmentally friendly way – Yashen Lin earns a Dow Sustainability Fellowship
The results of Lin’s research can help us better understand how introducing DES affects the environmental impact of a power system.
Inspired by art, lightweight solar cells track the sun
By borrowing from kirigami, the ancient Japanese art of paper cutting, researchers at the University have developed solar cells that can move with the sun.
Art-inspired solar cells
Kirigami could be the key to flat, lightweight solar cells that can track the sun across the sky.
The economics of energy – Hamidreza Tavafoghi earns a Dow Sustainability Fellowship
Hamid is studying ways to increase the use of renewable energy sources on the grid.
Researching the future of remote sensing
Directed by Kamal Sarabandi the new program aims to create theoretical models for remote sensing of ice and snow.
Stephanie Crocker earns NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to bring sustainable energy to the grid
Stephanie seeks to provide continuous energy balancing on the grid by automatically controlling loads.
Alyssa Kody earns NSF Fellowship for research in energy harvesting and wireless sensing
The small-scale embedded wireless systems Alyssa works with are used in a variety of applications spanning many fields; from structural to ocean engineering.
Stephen Forrest receives 2015 Distinguished University Innovator Award
Prof. Forrest is widely acknowledged as one of the most successful academic inventors and entrepreneurs today.
The future of solar: $1.3M to advance organic photovoltaics
The grant is aimed at advancing organic photovoltaics, a carbon-based version of solar technology that promises to change the way the sun’s energy is collected.
New approaches to solar cell technology featured in Sustainability Hour
The professors addressed two very different problems the industry faces with current technology.
Prof. Robert Dick to apply cyber information to air quality management
The grant is part of a new $12.5M initiative by the National Science Foundation to encourage computing innovations for a sustainable society.
Prof. Johanna Mathieu working to bring power from sustainable sources to your home
Mathieu is working how best to integrate wind and solar power into the nation’s established electrical grid system.
Live long and phosphor: Blue LED breakthrough for efficient electronics
Researchers at the University have extended the lifetime of blue organic light emitting diodes by a factor of ten.
Peter Tchoryk: An entrepreneurial CEO
At MAC, Peter’s been able to combine his passions for scientific research and entrepreneurial creation.
Jiangfeng Wu receives Best Paper Award for research in safe fracking
The Mikio Takagi Student Prize is given to the top three Student Prize Paper Awards granted at the IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium.
Dipak Sengupta (1931-2014): In memoriam
Faculty and staff alike will miss his cheerful and gentle presence.
New research program to investigate optical energy conversion
The fundamental objective of the research initiative is to uncover, explain, and exploit dynamic magneto-optical processes and materials for new technological capabilities.
Keravnos Energy wants to make fast electric vehicle charging economical
The idea behind Keravnos Energy is for there to be an energy transfer between three entities: the building, a large stationary battery, and the car.
Transparent color solar cells fuse energy, beauty
The cells, believed to be the first semi-transparent, colored photovoltaics, have the potential to vastly broaden the use of the energy source.
‘Photon glue’ enables a new quantum mechanical state
Researchers at the University of Michigan and Queens College used light to create links between organic and inorganic semiconductors in an optical cavity.
Byeongseop Song receives Rackham International Student Fellowship
The Fellowship will help Song to continue his studies in the area of optoelectronics.
Students take a field trip to a wind farm
“The trip made me more aware of some of the practical things … like the sound of the turbines, and how they alter the look of the land.”
Research Spotlight: Better miniaturized vacuum pumps for electronics and sensors
The three microdevices created at Michigan are each particularly suited to specific applications.
David Chen awarded NASA Fellowship to improve extreme weather prediction
The goal of the study seeks to enhance the accuracy of determining ocean surface windspeed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
New research program aims to make better “sense” of the world
Applications of this research range from soil sensors which allow for increased understanding of global climate change to futuristic sensory skins which can monitor the integrity of an object.
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.”
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.
Solar power without solar cells: A hidden magnetic effect of light could make it possible
This new technique could make solar power cheaper and, with improved materials, more efficient.
Connor Field — Growing energy on a solar farm
“Energy will be the major concern in the United States for my generation,” Connor says. “Now is the time to research and invest in the technologies that will power our future.”
New equation could advance research in solar cellsA groundbreaking new equation could do for organic semiconductors what the Shockley ideal diode equation did for inorganic semiconductors.
Soil moisture study aims for climate change insights
Moghaddam will oversee the design and fabrication of the AirMOSS instrument, a high-powered, low-frequency radar that NASA/JPL collaborators will build for the project.
Organic laser breakthrough
The team is working toward building organic lasers that, like many inorganic lasers today, can be excited with electricity rather than light.
Ford, U of M explore new ways to speed development of future hybrid vehicles
“The main goal of this project,” explained Opila, “is to bring advanced methods to HEV and plug-in HEV design.”
Prof. Hiskens receives stim money for wind energy
The grant is to be used to develop new techniques for assessing the impact of wind generation on power system voltage control and transient stability.