Michigan's Bottom Line: Hybrid Economy

May 26, 2009

<p>What powers Michigan’s economy is changing. All this week on Interlochen Public Radio we’ll air a series of reports that examine how alternative energy is changing what powers our cars, homes, and our jobs. The series culminates during Points North, with an hour-long special broadcast from the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Mackinac Island Policy Conference. </p> <p><strong><a href="http://ipr.interlochen.org/michigans-bottom-line-hybrid-economy/episode/2439" target="_blank">Biofuels</a> - </strong>Inconsistent quality, and the lack of a delivery system have stalled the widespread use of bio-fuels in American gas tanks. But a Michigan startup says it’s solved both those problems. Sarah Hulett visited the company’s fueling station in Detroit.</p> <p><a href="http://ipr.interlochen.org/michigans-bottom-line-hybrid-economy/episode/2450" target="_blank"><strong>Michigan's Solar Future</strong></a> - How realistic is Michigan's much-touted "solar future?"  To help us answer that question, reporter Amy Robinson visited a solar industry leader in the middle of the state.  Hemlock Semiconductor has built a multi-billion dollar business on the silicon atom and the sun.</p> <p><strong><a href="http://ipr.interlochen.org/node/2449">Start-up Capitol</a></strong> - The future of Michigan's economy may depend on today's entrepreneurs - people who start up small businesses in their garages and, eventually, hire dozens, if not thousands or employees.</p> <p><a href="http://ipr.interlochen.org/michigans-bottom-line-hybrid-economy/episode/2455"><strong>Batteries</strong></a> - There is an effort afoot to make Michigan a hub for the production of a new kind of battery to power the next generation of hybrid and all electric cars.</p>