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DOE Invests $67M to Advance Nuclear Technology

Karen Henry

The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced nearly $67 million in nuclear energy research and infrastructure enhancement awards. More than 80 projects were selected from across the country based on their potential to create scientific breakthroughs that help strengthen the nation’s energy security and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The DOE is awarding over $30 million through its   …Continue Reading

Singapore Government Outlines Energy Efficiency Plans

Karen Henry

Buildings and households in Singapore consume about 50 percent of the country’s electricity, so finding ways to reduce energy use has become a priority of the Singapore government. To that end, the government announced five national energy technology roadmaps at the inaugural Energy Technology Roadmap Symposium, according to an article in Data Center Dynamics. The   …Continue Reading

ACEEE Presents 2014 Champions of Energy Efficiency in Buildings Awards

Karen Henry

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) presented three Champion of Energy Efficiency Awards at its 18th biennial Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Buildings. The awards recognize leadership and accomplishment in the energy efficiency field. Winners are selected based on demonstrated excellence in program implementation, research and development, energy policy or private sector   …Continue Reading

ACEEE Looks at Energy Efficiency Potential Studies

Karen Henry

The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has released a new report, “Cracking the TEAPOT: Technical, Economic, and Achievable Potential Studies,” which focuses on the development and role of energy efficiency potential studies. The quality of a potential study is the product of the resources and effort that go into it, and whether   …Continue Reading

Tidal Stream, Wave Power Outlook Falters

Kirsten Korosec

Marine renewable technologies are taking longer than hoped to scale up, largely due to project setbacks, the difficultly of deploying tidal stream and wave power devices and fatigue among venture capital investors, according to research from Bloomberg New Energy Finance. Tidal stream and wave power installations will grow to 148 megawatts and 21 megawatts by   …Continue Reading

Dimmable LED Doesn’t Need a Dimmer

Linda Hardesty

Nanoleaf is running a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for its invention of a dimmable LED bulb – the Nanoleaf Bloom – that doesn’t require a dimmer. The company says with its patented technology, it has been able to transform the switching of a regular light switch into a control signal for the 75-watt replacement LED. Nanoleaf   …Continue Reading

Thin Film PV Cell Breaks Efficiency Record

Linda Hardesty

First Solar has set a world record for cadmium-telluride (CdTe) photovoltaic  research cell conversion efficiency, achieving 21.0 percent efficiency certified at the Newport Corporation’s Technology and Applications Center PV Lab. The record-setting cell was constructed at the company’s Perrysburg, Ohio manufacturing factory and Research & Development Center, using processes and materials designed for commercial-scale manufacturing.   …Continue Reading

Imergy Uses Vanadium from Sludge for Flow Batteries

Linda Hardesty

Imergy Power Systems says it has achieved a milestone in energy storage by developing a process for producing flow batteries with recycled vanadium from mining slag, oil field sludge, fly ash, and other forms of environmental waste. Imergy says other manufacturers of vanadium flow batteries build their devices with virgin vanadium extracted from mining. It   …Continue Reading

DOE Increases Access to Scientific Research Results

Karen Henry

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has launched the Public Access Gateway for Energy and Science (PAGES), a web-based portal that will provide free public access to accepted peer-reviewed manuscripts or published scientific journal articles within 12 months of publication. The DOE said it is hoping that increased access will pave the way toward more scientific   …Continue Reading

Milwaukee Positions Itself as Energy Innovation Hub

Linda Hardesty

A new Energy Innovation Center is being built in Milwaukee, Wis., as the headquarters for the Mid-West Energy Research Consortium (M-WERC). M-WERC is positioning Milwaukee as a national hub for energy, power and control industries. M-WERC members include four state engineering schools – Marquette, UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee and the Milwaukee School of Engineering – along with   …Continue Reading

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