Energy R&D

DOE Offers $20M to Develop Components for Next Generation Electric Machines

Linda Hardesty

The Energy Department announced up to $20 million in funding to spur the development of high speed industrial motors and drives, using high power-density designs and integrated power electronics to increase efficiency. Replacing less efficient systems that have fixed-speed motors and gearboxes with variable-speed direct-drive motor systems and incorporating recent power electronics advances, such as   …Continue Reading


Misters Cool People via Occupancy Sensors

Linda Hardesty

An air conditioning system developed by a team at MIT’s Senseable City Lab is activated by occupancy. The Cloud Cast system works via aluminum rods that are fitted with sensors into the ceiling. When the ultrasonic sensors detect the presence of people by interpreting the echoes from high-frequency sound waves, they activate a cool mist.   …Continue Reading


TI Demos Digital Power Innovation at APEC 2015

Linda Hardesty

Texas Instruments claims its analog technologies and embedded processing are driving innovation in energy management for next-generation power designs. The semiconductor manufacturer will highlight advancements in digital power and gallium nitride (GaN) technology and debut new tools that help speed the design of power supplies for industrial applications at the upcoming Applied Power Electronics Conference   …Continue Reading


Smart Sensor Could Cut Building Energy Consumption by 30%

Karen Henry

Researchers at the US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are developing a low-cost wireless sensor that could make regulating comfort in small commercial buildings more efficient and less expensive. Studies indicate that advanced sensors and controls have the potential to reduce the energy consumption of buildings by 20–30 percent. Collecting data such   …Continue Reading


Biomass Boiler with Stirling Engine Heats Water, Generates Power

Linda Hardesty

Austria-based ÖkoFEN is developing a >5kW cogeneration pellet boiler prototype system, and the first beta installations are expected before the end of the year to serve large residential and small to medium businesses. The biomass boiler is designed with Qnergy’s Stirling engine inside to deliver heat and power in one platform. “5 kw of electricity   …Continue Reading


Working on the ‘Energy Internet’

Linda Hardesty

Some scientists at North Carolina State University, with funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) are working to create the “Energy Internet.” Goals of the Energy Internet include: A grid that will be more efficient and capable of meeting increased consumer demand without adding infrastructure. A grid that will more intelligent, sensing system overloads and   …Continue Reading


UK Awards $38M in Energy Technology R&D

Linda Hardesty

Forty new technologies have won funding through the first round of Innovate UK’s Energy Catalyst. The Energy Catalyst has been established by Innovate UK, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) to accelerate innovation in the energy sector. Among those companies receiving a share of $38   …Continue Reading


Microsoft Tests Fuel Cells at ‘Server Level’

Linda Hardesty

Microsoft is testing Redox Power Systems fuel cells to power individual server racks within a data center in a three-year, $5 million project, reports Gigaom. The project, using a grant from the Department of Energy’s ARPA-E program, is unusual because most data centers that use fuel cells install the fuel cells away from the servers,   …Continue Reading


Lenovo Works with Hartree Centre to Advance Energy-Efficient Computing

Linda Hardesty

Lenovo is conducting a joint research project with the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) Hartree Centre in the UK, focused on improving the energy-efficiency of high-performance computing systems. For the project, the Hartree Centre is researching the challenges of power consumption in computing. Hartree will also be developing software intellectual property and defining best   …Continue Reading


DOE Opens New Office to Transition Technologies from Labs

Linda Hardesty

The Office of Technology Transitions (OTT) has been launched to help expand the commercial impact of the Department of Energy’s research. The office will work closely with the national laboratories and engage with industry to commercialize technology. The OTT will help coordinate technology transfer activities carried out at all 17 DOE national laboratories, as well   …Continue Reading


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