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Wayne State gets grant to cut toxic emissions by power plants into Great Lakes

August 22, 2013

A team of Wayne State University researchers are working on a technology that could quickly and significantly reduce the emission of mercury and other toxic substances by power plants into the Great Lakes basin - by letting consumers use power when it's being produced in the least toxic manner. Carol Miller, professor of civil and environmental engineering at Wayne State University's College of Engineering and co-director of the Urban Watershed Environmental Research Group at WSU, recently received a two-year, $557,000 grant from the Great Lakes Protection Fund for a project titled "Real-Time Energy Impact Monitors for Residential, Industrial and Policy Use." Her team will refine, test and market a novel technology that interacts with power grids to precisely estimate the emissions associated with current power uses and signals when cleaner forms of energy are available.