A Viable Alternative to Coal: Converting Woody Biomass Into Renewable Energy

on Jul 3, 2014 in July 2014 Articles | 0 comments

A Viable Alternative to Coal: Converting Woody Biomass Into Renewable Energy

Michigan State University’s 5,200-acre campus is primarily powered by the T.B. Simon Power Plant, which burns coal, natural gas and biomass to produce steam that is used for heat and electricity. Coal has been the plant’s fuel source since its inception, but research within the past two decades has shown the harmful byproducts of this energy source. As a result, the university has begun to increase the use of natural gas and biofuel at the plant, and has installed equipment to reduce emissions. The Energy Transition Plan adopted by...

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Wayne State is Powerhouse in Engine Optimization Research and Training

on Jul 2, 2014 in July 2014 Articles | 0 comments

Wayne State is Powerhouse in Engine Optimization Research and Training

Naeim Henein, left, is the director and founder of Wayne State’s College of Engineering’s Center for Automotive Research.   Mention engine optimization these days and minds instinctively turn to the Internet and improving the visibility of websites. But here in the Motor City, and especially at Wayne State University, engine optimization is defined literally. When Wayne State College of Engineering faculty members and students talk about engines, they usually mean the kind that generate horsepower. And when they talk about optimization,...

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U-M, GVSU Collaboration to Bring Alternative Energy-Inspired Arts Performance to Muskegon

on Jul 2, 2014 in July 2014 Articles | 1 comment

U-M, GVSU Collaboration to Bring Alternative Energy-Inspired Arts Performance to Muskegon

Dancer Patty Solorzano performs in the Ann Arbor Dance Works production of “Into the Wind.”/Kirk Donaldson Photography   University of Michigan dance professor Robin Wilson—tonight a performer—licks her index finger and then lifts it to check the imaginary wind’s direction. This opening gesture is symbolic of the issue being explored during a special Ann Arbor Dance Works preview of a performance called “Into the Wind.” Wilson and six students and alumni from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre &...

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MSU’s Biogas Research Pays off for Michigan – and Beyond

on Jun 27, 2014 in July 2014 Articles | 0 comments

MSU’s Biogas Research Pays off for Michigan – and Beyond

Less than one year after Michigan State University added a commercial-sized anaerobic digester to its campus sustainability arsenal, the magic of bioengineering has transformed thousands of tons of organic waste from MSU and the greater Lansing area into biogas that has generated more than 1.7 million kWh of electricity. The “magic of bioengineering” used by the South Campus Anaerobic Digester is actually a natural decomposition process known as anaerobic digestion, which converts organic materials (dairy manure from the MSU Dairy Teaching...

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