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About MI Hydrogen

U-M Hydrogen Expertise

Faculty Spotlight

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Events

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Partnerships & Connections

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About MI Hydrogen

Hydrogen is an important energy carrier that can play a key role in reducing carbon emissions from heavy-duty vehicles and aviation, heating and distributed power, and industrial applications like steelmaking, glassmaking and semiconductor manufacturing.

There is growing interest around wider adoption of hydrogen and its potential economic and environmental benefits, and so the University of Michigan has launched a new initiative to support and catalyze multidisciplinary research involving the universe’s lightest and most abundant element.

MI Hydrogen, a joint venture by the Office of the Vice President for Research, Michigan Engineering and the School for Environment and Sustainability, will foster collaboration among U-M researchers, community groups, government and industry partners so they can address existing knowledge gaps and develop strategies to help society transition toward an energy future that is equitable, affordable, clean and secure. The initiative, which will engage faculty across disciplines, is designed to provide the leading research necessary to accelerate the use of hydrogen beyond current industrial limits.

MI Hydrogen is part of the newly launched Institute for Energy Solutions, which is supported by Michigan Engineering and the Office of the Vice President for Research. Professors Todd Allen and Greg Keoleian, who have extensive research experience in fields ranging from nuclear engineering to sustainable systems, will serve as co-directors for MI Hydrogen.

Todd Allen

Greg Keoleian

Allen and Keoleian recently convened a series of visioning sessions with faculty engaged in the hydrogen space to solicit feedback regarding ways in which U-M can help accelerate clean and just energy transitions. The initiative builds upon the Hydrogen Roadmap for the State of Michigan Workshop hosted last spring at U-M, which brought together stakeholders from academia, industry and government, and led to a report published by the Center for Sustainable Systems, a lead collaborator of MI Hydrogen.

Based on community input around the proposed design and direction for the initiative, MI Hydrogen will launch with a set of new research projects focused on transportation and industrial applications. Hydrogen is primarily used nowadays in the chemical and petroleum refining industries.

Teams also will analyze the potential statewide demand for hydrogen, and develop a framework for hydrogen ecosystem planning and implementation. A majority of hydrogen production in the United States and abroad is generated from steam methane reforming of natural gas, which is problematic from a climate change perspective.

The potential for hydrogen to serve as a clean, economical energy carrier has generated increased momentum federally, highlighted by a recent commitment from the Department of Energy to invest $7 billion toward the creation of six to 10 regional hubs designed to accelerate the deployment of hydrogen across the U.S.

Hydrogen powered bus

MI Hydrogen launched a set of four research projects focusing on transportation, industrial applications, potential statewide demand for hydrogen and a framework for hydrogen ecosystem planning and implementation.

U-M Hydrogen Expertise

Alauddin Ahmed

Alauddin Ahmed

Mechanical Engineering

Todd Allen

Todd Allen

Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences

Andre Boehman

Andre Boehman

Mechanical Engineering

Rohini Bala Chandran

Rohini Bala Chandran

Mechanical Engineering

Matthew Collette

Matthew Collette

Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Daniel Cooper

Daniel Cooper

Mechanical Engineering

Michael Craig

Michael Craig

School for Environment and Sustainability; Industrial and Operations Engineering

Royan D'Mello

Royan D'Mello

Aerospace Engineering

Brian R. Ellis

Brian R. Ellis

Civil & Environmental Engineering

Tulga Ersal

Tulga Ersal

Mechanical Engineering

Mirko Gamba

Mirko Gamba

Mechanical Engineering

Vikram Gavini

Vikram Gavini

Mechanical Engineering; Materials Science and Engineering

Gabby Hoelzle

Gabby Hoelzle

Nuclear Engineering & Radiological Sciences

Brendan Kochunas

Brendan Kochunas

Nuclear Engineering & Radiological Sciences

Greg Keoleian

Greg Keoleian

Center for Sustainable Systems; School for Environment and Sustainability

Geoffrey Lewis

Geoffrey Lewis

Center for Sustainable Systems; School for Environment and Sustainability

Tom Lyon

Tom Lyon

Ross School of Business; School for Environment and Sustainability

Joaquim R.R.A. Martins

Joaquim R.R.A. Martins

Aerospace Engineering

Adam Matzger

Adam Matzger

Chemistry; Macromolecular Science and Engineering

Thomas McKenney

Thomas McKenney

Engineering Practice and Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Zetian Mi

Zetian Mi

Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Michael Moore

Michael Moore

School for Environment and Sustainability

Josh Newell

Josh Newell

School for Environment and Sustainability

Eranda Nikolla

Eranda Nikolla

Chemical Engineering

Jason Siegel

Jason Siegel

Mechanical Engineering

Nirala Signh

Nirala Signh

Chemical Engineering

Sara Soderstrom

Sara Soderstrom

Organizational Studies

Anna Stefanopoulou

Anna Stefanopoulou

Mechanical Engineering

Xiaodong Sun

Xiaodong Sun

Nuclear Engineering & Radiological Sciences

Sita Syal

Sita Syal

Mechanical Engineering

Parth Vaishnav

Parth Vaishnav

School for Environment and Sustainability

Aditi Verma

Aditi Verma

Nuclear Engineering and Radiological Sciences

Timothy Wallington

Timothy Wallington

Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering

Margaret Wooldridge

Margaret Wooldridge

Mechanical Engineering

Faculty Spotlight

André Boehman

Headshot of Professor Andre BoehmanAndré Boehman joined the University of Michigan Department of Mechanical Engineering in 2012, after serving for 18 years at the Pennsylvania State University. He also currently serves as the director of the renowned Walter E. Lay Automotive Engineering Laboratory, conducting automotive research centered around engine, battery, powertrain and vehicle autonomy.

In 2023, Boehman was appointed the Vennema Professor of Engineering, an endowed professorship supporting scholars whose work will impact the technologies of tomorrow. With over 26 years of experience in hydrogen research, Boehman has been lending his expertise to the MI Hydrogen initiative since its inception.

Boehman’s interest in automotive emissions control began in childhood while helping his father (a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Dayton) to do tailpipe exhaust measurements as a public service in the early 1970’s. As a graduate student at Stanford University and postdoc at SRI International, Boehman studied heat and mass transfer issues in automotive catalytic converters. In 1994, he joined the Fuel Science Program at Penn State, focusing on fuel processing catalysis, coal-based jet fuel formulation, diesel combustion, diesel emissions, diesel emissions control and alternative fuels.

Early in his career at Penn State, he began collaborating with Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., prominent for its work in the widespread generation and distribution of hydrogen. Air Products’ interest in the production of synthetic fuels led to multiple collaborations with Boehman, including the conversion of a Penn State campus shuttle bus to operate on dimethyl ether.  In addition, the collaboration with Air Products led to research on the application of hydrogen in internal combustion engines.

Throughout his career, his work has maintained a consistent theme of alternative and reformulated fuels, and combustion and pollution control. When the MI Hydrogen initiative launched, Boehman was eager to get involved.

Key objectives of MI Hydrogen include determining how to generate hydrogen and how to best use it. Boehman’s group concentrates on uncovering the most impactful ways to use hydrogen to produce fuel, as well as to determine how hydrogen can work in concert with other fuels to operate an engine. The innovative work led by Boehman greatly contributes to the MI Hydrogen initiative and the U-M research community.

Topical Areas of Interest: combustion, emissions, emissions control, renewable fuels, alternative fuels

Boehman holds a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Dayton (1986) and an M.S. (1987) and Ph.D. (1993) in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. He held a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the Molecular Physics Laboratory at SRI International, in Menlo Park, CA. He was elected a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers (2012), of the American Chemical Society (2019), the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (2019) and a Fellow of the Combustion Institute (2022).  He has been awarded the John Johnson Award for Outstanding Research in Diesel Engines, the Arch T. Colwell Merit Award from the Society of Automotive Engineers, the Alumni Achievement Award from the University of Dayton School of Engineering (1999), and the Internal Combustion Engines Award (2020) and the Charles T. Main Bronze Medal(1986)  from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

Joaquim R. R. A. Martins

Headshot of Joaquim R. R. A. Martins

A native of the Azores, Portugal, Joaquim R. R. A. Martins has always had an interest in aircraft. It was this interest that led him to pursue a degree in aeronautics at the Imperial College in London. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford University where he developed a more specialized interest in aircraft design optimization.

“Aviation makes the world go around,” said Martins. “It is the only way to move something or someone across the world in a day or less. It connects people, and it plays a crucial role in the economy.” 

In 2002 Martins joined the University of Toronto as an associate professor. It was there that he founded the Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Laboratory (MDO Lab) research group, specializing in optimizing complex engineering systems across various disciplines to advance the design process of aerospace vehicles and other high-performance structures. Since then, he has directed his aircraft design optimization efforts toward reducing the greenhouse gas emissions caused by aviation.

Martins began his appointment at the University of Michigan in 2009, serving as a Pauline M. Sherman Collegiate Professor of Aerospace Engineering with a courtesy appointment in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering. He also continues to lead the Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Laboratory. 

Today, Martins is a leading researcher in computational methods for the design optimization of engineering systems. His innovative methods have been applied to the design of aircraft, wind turbines, hydrofoils, cars and satellites.

For over a decade, he has collaborated on projects with NASA, including in the development of OpenMDAO, an open-source platform for high-performance systems analysis and multidisciplinary optimization. The system can quickly improve the design of complex engineering systems, including aircraft and their systems.

Figures are shown depicting the potential designs. A compressor flows into a fuel cell which flows into a combustor next to a turbine. H2 flows into the fuel cell and combustor. The fuel cell flows into an electric motor. Diagrams indicate that the system could be positioned behind the wings of the plan, partially behind the wings and partially toward the front of the plane, or overhead.

As hydrogen research gained momentum with increased interest, Martins teamed up with his students to write a review on hydrogen-powered aircraft, exploring a range of concepts, technologies and their environmental impacts. In place of conventional fuels like kerosene, they have redesigned engines to use hydrogen and are exploring ways to use hydrogen in fuel cells for electrification. 

Martins notes that since the 1960s, great strides have been made to decrease the fuel burn in aircraft. However, after exhausting the incremental  improvements, the rate of progress has plateaued. “Now,” he submits, “it’s time for something else. And I think that something else is hydrogen.”

Topical Areas of Interest: aircraft fuel burn

Martins obtained an MEng in aeronautics (1995) from Imperial College (UK), and an M.Sc. (1997) and Ph.D. (2002) in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. He was a Visiting Professor at ISAE–SUPAERO, Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace in Toulouse, France in 2015-2016 under a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship. He was a US–Norway Fulbright recipient in 1996–1997 and received the British Aerospace Award in 1995. He has served as Associate Editor for the AIAA Journal, Optimization and Engineering, and Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization. He is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Aircraft.

Zetian Mi

Headshot of Professor Zetian Mi

Zetian Mi joined the University of Michigan as a professor of electrical engineering and computer science in 2016 after nearly ten years as a professor at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. Mi’s research focuses on semiconductor nanotechnology and its applications in electronic, photonic, clean energy and quantum devices and systems. 

A key milestone in Mi’s career occurred when he took part as a scientific director in the ERA Grand Challenge Award. Using artificial photosynthesis and solar hydrogen technology, Mi’s team won both the first and second rounds of the $35-million global competition. The competition’s aim was to develop innovative carbon reducing solutions, and strategies to transform carbon dioxide from a liability to an asset. Mi’s achievement laid the groundwork for his work with MI Hydrogen. 

Building on his use of artificial photosynthesis and solar hydrogen technology, Mi has developed a semiconductor that not only resists high-temperature degradation but is also orders of magnitude smaller and significantly less costly than some previous options. Using this technology in solar panels allows Mi’s team to extract hydrogen from water more efficiently than natural photosynthesis. The process employs a catalyst made of indium gallium nitride nanostructures that, when exposed to sunlight and heat, speeds up the water-splitting process and encourages the hydrogen and oxygen to remain separate. This technology allows the team to harvest hydrogen more economically and with greater efficiency. 

Mi was the director of the Blue Sky Initiative, established by the College of Engineering to support high-risk, high-reward ideas such as hydrogen generation. To bring his discoveries to market, Mi co-founded NS Nanotech, Inc. and NX Fuels, Inc. Notably, NS Nanotech launched the world’s first solid-state far-UVC chip, which emits short-wavelength UV light to neutralize Coronavirus. This product was named as one of the top ten in 2020 by Electronic Products

Reflecting on the significance of the MI Hydrogen initiative, Mi said, “This is a great investment by the university and by the community because this is a very important area not only today, but in the next several decades. It will continue to provide a great platform for our university colleagues to work together and is a vehicle to reimagine the industry.” 

Topical Areas of Interest: semiconductors, hydrogen production

Zeitian Mi holds a Ph.D. in applied physics from the University of Michigan (2006). Mi is a Fellow of  IEEE, APS, Optica,and SPIE. He received a Young Scientist Award from the International Symposium on Compound Semiconductors, a Young Investigator Award from the 27th North American Molecular Beam Epitaxy Conference, a Distinguished Lecturer Award from IEEE Photonics Society, and a Distinguished Lecturer Award from IEEE Nanotechnology Council. He received the David E. Liddle Research Excellence Award in 2021, the EECS Outstanding Achievement Award in 2024, and the Rexford E. Hall Innovation Excellence Award in 2024.

Tim Wallington

Tim Wallington joined the University of Michigan Center for Sustainable Systems (CSS) in the School for Environment and Sustainability in 2023 after 35 years at the Ford Motor Company, where he led the Environmental Science Group. 

Wallington’s research interests at CSS focus on the use of life cycle assessments to examine the sustainability of global transportation, including energy use and emissions, air quality and climate change impacts, and material availability and flows. His work within MI Hydrogen is aimed at addressing the question of where hydrogen might be used to power future sustainable ground, water and air transportation either directly, or indirectly in synthetic fuels.  

“This is a complex question which needs a systems thinking approach,” said Wallington. “We must ask where the hydrogen comes from and what environmental and social impacts and financial costs are associated with obtaining it, distributing it and using it in transportation.  At the point of use in a fuel cell, hydrogen only emits water and so it has zero impact. However there may be substantial impacts upstream of the point of use.”

In his research, Wallington stresses the importance of each of the three pillars of sustainability: environmental, social and economic.  For hydrogen to play a future role in transportation it will need to be not only environmentally and socially acceptable, but also economically viable.  

“It is hard to overstate the importance of the recent economic policy support for hydrogen”, he noted.  New policies have been enacted in the U.S. and EU to incentivize the production of clean hydrogen, providing generous financial support for clean hydrogen production over the next decade and an opportunity for the decarbonization of transportation sectors such as heavy-duty road, marine and aviation that are hard to electrify.  

Originally from Northampton, England, Wallington came to the United States to conduct postgraduate research at the University of California-Riverside Statewide Air Pollution Research Center in 1984. 

In 1986, he moved to the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Washington, D.C. before joining the Scientific Research Laboratories at Ford Motor Company in 1987. Wallington’s early experiences with environmental sciences opened his eyes to the opportunities in the field.

“Given its benefits in terms of lower emissions and the generous financial policy support available there’s a lot of interest in the use of hydrogen as a future transportation fuel,” said Wallington. “The MI Hydrogen team is working to understand just how that future might evolve.”

Topical Areas of Interest: Life cycle assessments, hydrogen, electric vehicles, climate change, atmospheric chemistry

Wallington holds a B.A. (Chemistry, 1981), Ph.D. (Atmospheric Chemistry ,1983), and D.Sc. (Atmospheric Chemistry, 2007) from Oxford University. He holds an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan (2003) and was awarded an honorary D.Sc. from Copenhagen University (2006) by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark. Wallington is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and was President of the Physical and Biophysical Chemistry Division of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (2020-21). He is member of the U.S. EPA Board of Scientific Counselors and the Clean Air Act Advisory Committee. He has coauthored 560 peer-reviewed scientific publications, 26 book chapters, and 7 books on vehicle emissions, atmospheric chemistry, environmental impacts, and lifecycle assessments and has an H-index of 80.

Advisory Board

Advisory Board members pose around a table with the MI Hydrogen logo displayed

Members of the MI Hydrogen Advisory Board gathered at the University for the inaugural meeting of the Board.  This strong set of advisors will help MI Hydrogen become a leader in developing the pathways to successfully deploy hydrogen to assist in decarbonization.

Nadia Abunasser
Michigan Economic Development Corporation

Kathy Ayers
Nel Hydrogen

Jean Baderschneider
Fortescue

Justin Edmiston
DTE Energy

Amgad Elgowainy
Argonne National Laboratory

Brandon Hofmeister
CMS Energy 

Shyam Jade
Bosch North America

Zachary Kolodin
Michigan Infrastructure Office 

Chris Kondogani
Noble Gas Systems

Joseph Mercurio
General Motors

Reuben Sarkar
American Center for Mobility

Timothy Slusser
City of Detroit

Levi Thompson
University of Delaware

News

Research Projects

Hydrogen Demand Analysis for the State of Michigan

Critical Review: Role for Hydrogen in Sustainable Transportation

Critical Review:  Role for Hydrogen in Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector

Planning a Hydrogen Ecosystem (Production, Delivery, Storage and End- Use Applications): Michigan/Great Lakes Region Case Analysis.

Hydrogen Demand Analysis for the State of Michigan

Critical Review: Role for Hydrogen in Sustainable Transportation

Critical Review:  Role for Hydrogen in Decarbonizing the Industrial Sector

Planning a Hydrogen Ecosystem (Production, Delivery, Storage and End- Use Applications): Michigan/Great Lakes Region Case Analysis.

Upcoming Events

Past Events

Building Foundations for the Hydrogen Economy - 5/13/2024

Building Foundations for the Hydrogen Economy

MI Hydrogen State of Michigan Workshop

 Presentation pdf


On 13 May 2024, MI Hydrogen hosted the “State of Michigan Workshop: Building Foundations for the Hydrogen Economy” to gather interested parties from across the state to identify and further advance potential near- and long-term hydrogen deployment opportunities and recommend key enabling actions. Learn More!

EVENT AGENDA

9:00 am – 9:10 am: Welcome and Logistics (Gregory Keoleian and Todd Allen, Co-Directors of MI Hydrogen)

9:10 am – 9:20 am: Opening Remarks (House Representative Haley Stevens)

9:20 am – 9:30 am: State of Michigan Update (Zach Kolodin, Chief Infrastructure Officer of the State of Michigan Infrastructure Office)

9:30 am – 9:50 am:  Role of Hydrogen in Sustainable Transportation: Ground, Air, and Marine (Timothy Wallington/Joaquim Martins, University of Michigan)

9:50 am – 10:05 am: Moderated Discussion with Panelists (Joe Mercurio, GM; Tim Slusser, City of Detroit)

10:05 am – 10:15 am:  Open Discussion with Audience Inputs

10:15 am – 10:30 am:  Break

10:30 am – 10:50 am:  Role of Hydrogen in Decarbonizing the U.S. Industrial Sector (Daniel Cooper/Yongxian Zhu, University of Michigan)

10:50 am – 11:05 am:  Moderated Discussion with Industry Panelists (David Ingram, Fortescue)

11:05 am – 11:15 am:  Open Discussion with Audience Inputs

11:15-am – 11:35 am:  State of Michigan Hydrogen Demand Analysis: Current (2022), Near-term (2030), and Long-term (2050) (Stephen Lipshaw/Sara Murphy, University of Michigan)

11:35 am – 11:45 am:  Open Discussion with Audience Inputs

11:45 am – 12:00 pm: Open Discussion with Audience Inputs on the Entire Morning

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm:  Lunch with 30-minute MachH2 Hub update (Michigan Projects) (Charlie Tyson/Kevin Mehren, Michigan Infrastructure Office; Corwin Matthews, Flint Mass Transportation Authority; Reuben Sarkar, American Center for Mobility)

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm:  5-minute Industrial Perspective Lightning

    • Neal Dreisig, Consumers Energy
    • David Ingram, Fortescue
    • Chris Kondogiani, Noble Gas Systems
    • Christopher Mosser, Bennett Pump Company
    • Mohammad Fatouraie, Bosch
    • Invited: Plastic Omnium

1:45 pm – 2:00 pm: Closing Comments

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Additional Networking for growing the hydrogen ecosystem in MI

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm:  Lab Tours (Optional)

Midwest Alliance For Clean Hydrogen (MachH2) Overview - 4/12/2024

Midwest Alliance For Clean Hydrogen (MachH2) Overview

Event Graphic with speaker Neil Banwart's headshot. Details: MI Hydrogen Seminar Series. Midwest Alliance for Clean Hydrogen (MachH2) Overview. Friday April 12, 2024 Noon - 1 PM Ruthven Administration Building Room 4140 or https://myumi.ch/73DrQ


Short Abstract:

Investment in Clean Hydrogen has reached an unprecedented scale in the United States.  The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) through the Department of Clean Energy Demonstrations (OCED) has formulated a Regional Clean Hydrogen Hubs Program which includes up to $7 billion to establish seven regional clean hydrogen hubs across America.  As part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the H2Hubs will form the foundation of a national clean hydrogen network that will contribute substantially to decarbonizing multiple sectors of the economy including heavy industries and heavy-duty transportation.  The Midwest Alliance for Clean Hydrogen (MachH2) with proposed activities in Michigan, Indiana and Illinois is one of the seven hubs invited to enter negotiations with the DOE.  This presentation will give an overview of the H2 Hubs program and envisioned activities of MachH2.

Bio:

Neil Banwart, CFA
Chief Integration Officer, MachH2

As Chief Integration Officer, Neil Banwart’s responsibilities include ensuring MachH2 maximizes all sources of funding and also working to continually expand the reach and impact of MachH2. In conjunction with the CEO, he also represents MachH2 in public facing matters such as media interviews, on panels, and at tradeshows.

Neil also serves as Managing Director-Hydrogen at Energy Systems Network (ESN). Prior to ESN, he spent nearly a decade at Cummins Inc. He has held several M&A, Treasury, and finance roles in his career, including service as the CFO of a small private equity fund. Neil earned a Bachelor’s in Finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and an MBA from Bradley University. He is a CFA Charterholder and serves on the Board of Directors of the CFA Society of Indianapolis as the immediate past president.

First Competition: Michigan Hydrogen Horizon - 4/11/2024

First Competition: Michigan Hydrogen Horizon

Hydrogen Grand Challenge Michigan Hydrogen Horizon

H2Blue Team with headshots

The Hydrogen Grand Challenge is a series of prize competitions organized by MI Hydrogen to accelerate the adoption of hydrogen as a clean and sustainable energy carrier, particularly in areas such as transportation and industrial applications, in order to facilitate an equitable, affordable, clean, and secure energy transition.

The first competition, Michigan Hydrogen Horizon, asked University of Michigan students to develop a business case for a Michigan-centered, regional deployment of hydrogen. The business case should demonstrate where clean hydrogen can add value to specific sectors and technology applications.

First Pitch was April 11, 2024

Learn more about the MI Hydrogen Grand Challenge

 

Research Collaboration and Funding Opportunities - 2/9/2024

Planning Hydrogen Ecosystem in Michigan: Truck Stop of the Future

 

Research Discussion on Clean Energy Mobility: Truck Stop of the Future February 9, 2024 Noon - 2:30 p.m. Ruthven Administration Building, Room 4140 https://myumi.ch/73DrQ (Virtual Option)

MI Hydrogen Seminar Series: Michigan's Clean Hydrogen Future - 12/1/2023

Recent federal investments in hydrogen are intended to significantly accelerate timelines for the deployment of hydrogen technologies. States, in response, are working to align with stakeholders, establish individual strategies, and determine what this rapidly developing industry means for their residents and economies. Michigan, as a selectee for a Regional Clean Hydrogen hub, a leading member of the 7-state Midwest Hydrogen Coalition, and having recently secured significant investments from leading companies in the hydrogen supply chain, is well positioned to be a leader in the development of a national hydrogen economy. In this session, representatives from the Michigan Infrastructure Office will discuss the broad vision for hydrogen in Michigan, key projects and investments underway, and the challenges and opportunities facing the Great Lakes State.

 Zachary Kolodin serves as Chief Infrastructure Officer and Director of the Michigan Infrastructure Office. He previously served as Governor Whitmer’s Public Policy Counsel. Before joining the Executive Office, he was an associate at Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP and served as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge Edward R. Korman. Kolodin also worked in the Office of Grants Policy and Operations at Americorps, and as a program administrator at the Roosevelt Institute, a New York City-based think tank. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University and New York University School of Law.

Kevin Mehren serves as the Deputy Infrastructure Officer for Clean Energy and the Environment within the Michigan Infrastructure Office. Prior to joining the office, Kevin held the role of Program Director with the Washington, D.C. based OurEnergyPolicy Foundation, which provides resources to support the creation of substantive and responsible energy policies. He is a graduate of Michigan State University and George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration.

MI Hydrogen Seminar Series: The Role of Hydrogen in Sustainable Transportation - 11/3/2023

Tim Wallington, Research Specialist, Center for Sustainable Systems, University of Michigan
Matt Collette, Professor, Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, University of Michigan
Joaquim R. R. A. Martins, Pauline M. Sherman Collegiate Professor of Aerospace Engineering, University of Michigan

Abstract: Hydrogen produced by electrolysis using low-carbon electricity is widely viewed as an important future energy carrier in a decarbonized economy. There is strong federal policy support for increased hydrogen use. Hydrogen can be used directly or indirectly (via the production of e-fuels) in road, rail, air, and water transportation. In this seminar we will discuss the critical factors which will determine the future role of hydrogen in sustainable transportation.

Tim Wallington is a Research Specialist in the Center for Sustainable Systems and an Adjunct Professor in Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering at the University of Michigan. Tim has BA, MA, DPhil and DSc degrees from the University of Oxford, an MBA from the University of Michigan, and an Honorary Doctor of Science degree from Copenhagen University. His research
focus is transportation sustainability (vehicle energy use and emissions, air quality and climate change impacts, vehicle and fuel technoeconomic analyses and lifecycle assessments, material availability and flows, alternative fuels, social sustainability). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and a member of the EPA Board of Scientific Counselors and the EPA Clean Air Act Advisory Committee.

Dr. Collette joined the University of Michigan in 2009, founding the Marine Structures Design Lab in the Department of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. His team focuses on two major themes: how to construct human-machine systems to sense, understand, and reason about vessels’ current health and capabilities and how to use numerical approaches to increase human understanding of design problems. His group focuses on structural systems, autonomous decision-making, and decarbonization's impact on ship design. He is the SNAME Functional Vice President for Education and past Chair of the International Ship Structures Congress Committee IV.1 on Design Principles and Criteria. He is a 1999 graduate of the Webb Institute with a B.S. in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering and received his Ph.D. in Marine Technology from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 2005.  

Joaquim R. R. A. Martins is the Pauline M. Sherman Collegiate Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan, where he heads the Multidisciplinary Design Optimization Laboratory. His research group develops MDO methods and applies them to the design of aircraft and other engineering systems. He is a co-author of "Engineering Design Optimization", a textbook published by Cambridge University Press. Prof. Martins is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society. Before joining the University of Michigan faculty in 2009, he was an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies. From 2002, he held a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Multidisciplinary Optimization. He received his undergraduate degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Imperial College, London, with a British Aerospace Award. He obtained his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from Stanford University, where he was awarded the Ballhaus prize for best thesis in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. He has received the Best Paper Award at AIAA Conferences five times. He has served as Associate Editor for the AIAA Journal, Optimization and Engineering, and Structural and Multidisciplinary Optimization. He is currently an Associate Editor for the Journal of Aircraft.

An Introduction to Hydrogen: From Production to End Uses - 10/10/2023
Krystal R. York, Ph.D.
Engineer/Analyst III
Low-Carbon Resources Initiative
Neil Kern, PE
Program Manager
Low-Carbon Resources Initiative
The Role of Hydrogen in Decarbonizing U.S. Industry - 10/6/2023
Dr. Yongxian Zhu, Research Fellow, Mechanical Engineering
Dr. Daniel Cooper, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering Integrative Systems and Design
Value Propositions for Hydrogen - 9/8/2023

photo of Ugi Otgonbaatar

 Ugi Otgonbaatar is Director, Technology Strategy, Grants & Partnerships, Constellation

The U.S. Hydrogen Demand Action Plan - 3/31/2023

Alex Maranville is a Research Associate at the Energy Futures Initiative.

Supporting Sustainable Energy Decarbonization through Hydrogen - 3/17/2023

Dr. Vivek Sujan is a Distinguished Research Staff in the National Transportation Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Supporting Transportation and Industry with Nuclear Energy with Richard Boardman - 3/10/2023

Dr. Richard Boardman is the Laboratory Relationship Manager in the Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Technology office at Idaho National Laboratory

Hydrogen-Powered Aircraft: Fundamental Concepts, Key Technologies, and Environmental Impacts with Joaquim R.R.A. Martins - 2/10/2023

Dr. Joaquim Martins is the Pauline M. Sherman Collegiate Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Michigan

Opportunities and Challenges for Hydrogen to Decarbonize Energy Sectors with Amgad Elgowainy, Ph.D. - 2/3/2023

Dr. Amgad Elgowainy is a senior scientist and distinguished fellow at Argonne National Laboratory

DOE National Clean Hydrogen Strategy and Roadmap with Marc Melaina, Ph.D. - 1/20/2023

Marc W. Melaina, Ph.D.
Senior Analyst
U.S. Department of Energy, Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office
Boston Government Services (contractor)
Note: Dr. Melaina is one of the primary authors of the DOE National Clean Hydrogen Strategy and Roadmap report.

Hydrogen Safety and Reliability for Sustainable Mobility with Dr. Fatemeh Salehi - 1/5/2023

Dr. Fatemeh Salehi is an Associate Professor at the School of Engineering, Macquarie University, Australia.

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