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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


DOE Plans Funding for Electric Machines Projects

Linda Hardesty

The Advanced Manufacturing Office intends to issue a new funding opportunity for work to develop Next Generation Electric Machines (NGEM). The goal is development of NGEMs of high power density, high revolutions per minute motors and integrated power electronics. Specifically, the upcoming funding opportunity will facilitate efforts to integrate Medium Voltage class wide-bandgap (WBG) devices   …Continue Reading


Navy Explores Seawater Air Conditioning

Linda Hardesty

Makai Ocean Engineering has completed a contract funded by the Office of Naval Research  through the Hawaii Natural Energy Institute to research and develop Seawater Air Conditioning (SWAC) technology. SWAC is a method to provide air conditioning to buildings using a district cooling system that uses an available cold water reservoir as its source. SWAC   …Continue Reading


New Technology Saves Water, Generates Energy

Karen Henry

The University of Arizona (UA), in collaboration with RePower Design, has developed a new technology that slows the evaporation of water from mining tailings ponds and reservoirs, while simultaneously generating solar energy, reports Mining Innovation News. Called Hexocover, the technology consists of modular floating hexagonal plastic panels that can be linked together to cover over   …Continue Reading


NREL Enzyme Could Offset Fossil Fuel Dependence

Karen Henry

Lignocellulosic biomass is the most plentiful and sustainable resource on Earth, largely made up of plant residuals that would otherwise go unused and left to decay. Using this biomass as a source of alternative fuels can help offset the world’s dependence on fossil fuels. Scientists at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have   …Continue Reading