As part of a 4-year study funded by the National Science Foundation, a 3-part video is available to any individual interested in learning about the consequences and benefits of offshore wind turbines in the Great Lakes.
CSS Researcher, Brittany Szczepanik, spent her summer updating 26 annually published factsheets and developing a 27th factsheet on U.S. Grid Energy Storage. These factsheets are designed to inform a broad audience about key facts relating to sustainability indicators, energy, materials, food, water, the built environment, mobility and climate. They have been viewed over 1 million times since first published in 2001.
Energy storage can pave the way for renewable energy integration, reduced grid infrastructure costs and improved sustainability. CSS and Chemical Engineering researchers developed 12 fundamental principles for the design, operation and grid application of energy storage to systematically approach this complex topic.
A study led by Jeremiah Johnson analyzing the real impacts of raising Michigan’s Renewable Portfolio Standard was recently released. The project, sponsored by the University of Michigan Energy Institute, analyzes several scenarios, detailing the changes to different power generation sources such as coal and natural gas, the environmental benefits to the state, and the associated costs under each.
A team of graduate researchers conducted the first ever comprehensive greenhouse gas inventory for the City of Detroit. The inventory found that the city emitted the equivalent of 10.6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2011 and 2012. These results will enable the development of climate plans for the city.
Built on preliminary analysis from class projects in Sustainable Systems core courses - NRE 574 and NRE 597 - Dow Sustainability Fellows Adithya Dahagama, John Monnat and Leon Espira are conducting a study on sustainability implications of minor irrigation pond desilting on the base-of-the-pyramid populations of South Indian villages.