As researchers work toward next-generation electric vehicles, they may be hitting their heads on the ceiling of what lithium ion batteries can deliver. Meanwhile, a team of researchers from the University of Michigan are pushing the performance of a competing electric vehicle technology—hydrogen fuel cells—to new heights.
A hydrogen fuel cell is a zero-harmful-emissions power source that acts like a cross between a battery and a gas tank. It employs hydrogen as the fuel and harnesses the reaction between hydrogen and oxygen to produce electricity. The only “emission” is water.
When many think about corn ethanol they may think a clean, renewable energy source. Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the W.E. Lay Automotive Laboratory, André Boehman, is diving deeper into this thought as boosting the use of this resource may not be the best idea.
During the 2018 ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, ME was represented in full force.
Huei Peng, the Roger L. McCarthy Professor, gave the Nyquist Lecture at the 2018 ASME DCSS. His talk was titled "How Control Theories Were Used to Improve Energy and Safety of Automotive systems."
A team of UMEI faculty affiliates and colleagues at Penn State University received word that their recent proposal to the DOE Vehicle Technologies Office has been selected for negotiation for a financial award. The proposal, titled “Tailored Bioblendstocks with Low Environmental Impact to Optimize MCCI Engines,” is a comprehensive study to link the growth and development of feedstocks for advanced biofuels from algae, through production of biocrude, upgrading to optimized fuels and combustion in diesel engines. The acronym “MCCI” refers to mixing controlled compression ignition, which enc