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MSU’s Redox Flow Battery Can Store Sun, Wind Energy

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Finding more efficient ways to harness and store renewable energy is the goal of the Michigan State University Bioeconomy Institute in Holland, Michigan. Spartan researchers are creating a cheaper and more durable version of a redox flow battery, which can store energy from the sun and wind. Currently in the prototypephase, the device could one day open the door to large-scale operations…

Student View: Working Toward a Sustainable Future

Korey Cook

Korey Cook will be a first-year student at the College of Engineering in the mechanical engineering master’s program. During my senior year at Hope College studying mechanical engineering, I was trying to decide what I wanted to use my degree for and I found the renewable energy industry aligned well with my interests. In my quest to have an impact on renewable…

Jolt – Innovation in Action

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Jolt Energy Storage Technologies is a start-up company founded by Tom Guarr, the Director of R & D at the MSU Bioeconomy Institute in Holland and business partner, Jack Johnson. Guarr also conducts original research in chemistry fields such as organic synthesis, analytical chemistry, electrochemistry and spectroscopy at the Organic Energy Storage Lab housed at MSU BI in Holland.

MBI Lansing Joins the MSU BI Team

MSUBI Lansing building

Learn how our increased capabilities can serve your operation.

Workshop Offers ‘Production-Sized’ Chemistry Experience

Participants in annual bench to scale up class.

The week-long “Lab Bench to Pilot Plant” workshop provides hands-on, practical experience at the commercial scale. Join us May 22-26, 2017.

MSU Bioeconomy Director’s Start-Up Wins Global Automotive Award

Tom Guarr and lab

Tom Guarr’s start-up received a GAMIC award for its novel lithium-ion battery additive that caps cell voltage at a safe and efficient level.

‘Real-World’ Sabbatical Benefits Teachers, Future Students

“Wait until you get to the real world” is an adage often used in reference to the life of college students, but how does this apply to the faculty who teach those students? For the world of chemistry, the environment in an academic lab is certainly very different from that of an industrial lab, yet a good many undergraduate chemistry majors will…

MSUBI Intern Gets Fulbright Award

Andrew Harrison

Andrew Harrison will study public acceptance of wind power in Denmark.

A Patent and Milestone: Why MBI’s AFEX Biomass Pretreatment is of Global Importance

AFEX process diagram

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” Anatole France, poet, journalist and novelist Chad Pastor–Business Development I am excited. I’m excited about MBI’s recent patent and milestone. More importantly, I’m excited because as a society, science continues to unlock previous secrets and is consistently creating more opportunities to improve the world around…