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February 2012 
University of Michigan Energy Institute's 
Energy Highlights
     

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New name for the Energy Institute

iStock_Energy BurstMediumThe Michigan Memorial Phoenix Energy Institute has changed its name to the University of Michigan Energy Institute, clarifying its identity as an interdisciplinary research unit of the U-M's Office of the Vice President for Research that draws on expertise from across the entire University to develop, coordinate and promote energy research and education.

Fresh round of PISET funding for interdisciplinary energy research


iStock_powerlinesMediumThe  University of Michigan Energy Institute announces a new round of funding through its competitive Partnerships for Innovation in Sustainable Energy Technologies program. 

Clean Energy Venture Challenge prepares to announce 2012 winners

CEVClight_bulb copy 2Sixteen teams from six universities across Michigan will present their green technology solutions and vie for more than $100,000 in prizes at the Michigan Clean Energy Venture Challenge on Feb. 17. The Challenge was established by the University of Michigan and DTE Energy and is supported by such U-M groups as the Energy Institute.

Fuel economy continues to rise

Gas PumpsThe average fuel economy of current model year vehicles is 14 percent higher than just four years ago, say University of Michigan researchers. For all 2012 light-duty vehicles (cars, pickup trucks, minivans, vans, and SUVs) offered for sale, average mpg is 21.5, compared to 18.9 mpg for model year 2008 vehicles.  

NPR: Giving diesels a second look

Wooldridge headshotCarmakers aren't just turning to new technologies like hybrids and electric cars to meet tough new fuel economy standards. Many in the auto industry are taking a second look at an old technology: the diesel engine. University of Michigan Professor Margaret Wooldridge explains.  
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