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March 2012 
University of Michigan Energy Institute's 
Energy Highlights

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Smart building envelopes for energy efficiency and a cleaner environment

IRBE_handWithin the envelopes of commercial and residential buildings rests the promise of major new energy efficiencies in the built-environment, according to U-M researchers who are exploring the potential of intelligent  building exteriors that can manage heating, cooling and lighting in dynamic ways. 

Energy Institute partners with UROP on energy research fellowships

favicon for webThe University of Michigan Energy Institute in partnership with the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program will provide 10-week stipends for U-M undergraduates to work with faculty mentors on energy related investigations in science, technology and public policy. 

Fukushima lesson: Prepare for unanticipated nuclear accidents

iStock Nuclear for webU-M experts call for an ambitious, long-term national research program to study how nuclear fuels behave under the extreme conditions during core-melt events like those that occurred at Japan's Fukushima Daiichi power plant following last year's earthquake and tsunami.

A new round of U-M/Fraunhofer collaboration on clean transportation

Istock Traffic image for MM postThe Energy Institute and Germany's Fraunhofer Institute embark on the Clean Transportation Innovation Cluster, building on a history of collaboration between the two institutions on advanced automotive technologies.

A fresh look at a biochemical pathway with applications for biofuel production

Rgsdale Chemistry PicBy offering a unique look into a chemical reaction, U-M biochemists and colleagues from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology reveal that there is much to learn from nature in the potential development of future energy sources.

U-M, Dow launch program to develop sustainability leaders

Turbine ThumbThrough a new fellowship program, the U-M and Dow Chemical Company will bring together 300 students from all areas of study to help solve some of the world's most pressing sustainability challenges. 

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