DETROIT -

Wayne State University Researchers are working to reduce emissions of toxic substances by power plants into the Great Lakes.

The research team, headed by Carol Miller, PhD., P.E., received a two-year, $557,000 grant from the Great Lakes Protection Fund.  The researchers will work on a technology that interacts with power grids to estimate the emissions associated with current power uses and signals when cleaner forms of energy are available.

The technology, Locational Emissions Estimation Methodology (LEEM), was created in a project previously supported by the fund. The new project will work on embedding LEEM technology into smart appliances, the electric vehicle market, and incorporate it into energy standards and programs.

According to Miller, the project’s environmental benefits could be felt in the very near future around the Great Lakes Region. The methodology could even expand to the rest of the United States and Canada.