Detroit, Mich. (PRWEB) October 26, 2013
NextEnergy President and CEO, Jean Redfield, has formally joined the External Advisory Board of the University of Michigan Energy Institute.
The Energy Institute works to conduct research and develop and integrate science, technology and policy solutions to current energy challenges. As a part of the External Advisory Board, Redfield will work with other energy leaders in industry, academia and government laboratories to advise the Institute and guide research that will address the energy challenges of the future.
“Jean’s experience and perspective on energy and environmental challenges will be extremely valuable to the Board,” said Energy Institute Director, Mark Barteau. “We are so pleased she has agreed to join us.”
Redfield mirrored Barteau’s comments stating, “I am very excited for the opportunity to lend my experience and knowledge to the Institute. I look forward to engaging with fellow Board members and guiding the Energy Institute to solutions for tomorrow’s energy problems.”
The University of Michigan has recently demonstrated their commitment to energy research, investing in the renovation of the 30,000 square foot, LEED-certified Phoenix Memorial Laboratory, which will serve as the Institute’s new home. The laboratory will be rededicated this fall in connection with an energy symposium and the External Advisory Board’s semi-annual meeting.
Founded in 2002 as 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, NextEnergy is one of the nation’s leading accelerators of advanced energy technologies, businesses and industries. NextEnergy drives technology demonstration and commercialization; delivers industry and venture development services; and provides an authoritative voice in the public sector. Since its inception, NextEnergy has helped attract more than $1 billion of new investment in the state of Michigan, including programs in excess of $150 million in which NextEnergy has directly participated. For more information, visit nextenergy.org.
About the University of Michigan Energy Institute
The University of Michigan Energy Institute was established in 2006, building on the legacy of the Michigan Memorial Phoenix Project. The Michigan Memorial Phoenix Project launched in 1948 to research peaceful uses of nuclear energy. In recent years the Institute has conducted projects in partnership with the automotive industry and the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research.
The Institute’s primary research areas include energy policy, economic, and societal impact; carbon-free energy sources; energy storage and utilization; and transportation systems and fuels. For more information, visit energy.umich.edu.