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CNEE Releases Energy Legislation Year in Review

Karen Henry

With all but eight state legislative sessions closed for 2014, Colorado State University’s Center for the New Energy Economy (CNEE) has released its 2014 Year in Review of State Advanced Energy Legislation. The paper includes the following highlights: Thus far in 2014, 430 advanced energy bills have become law. While the total number of enacted   …Continue Reading


DOE Lists Innovations in Heat Pumps

Linda Hardesty

For climates with moderate heating and cooling needs, heat pumps offer an energy-efficient alternative to furnaces and air conditioners, says a US Department of Energy article. The most common type of heat pump is the air-source heat pump, which transfers heat between a building and the outside air. A heat pump can trim the amount of   …Continue Reading


Battery System Tested by PG&E

Linda Hardesty

Eos Energy Storage will demonstrate its grid-scale battery system at Pacific Gas & Electric’s (PG&E’s) Smart Grid Lab in San Ramon, Calif., with the support of a $2.1 million award from the California Energy Commission. For the project, the company is also partnering with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Stem   …Continue Reading


NREL Demos 45.7% Efficiency for Concentrator Solar Cell

Linda Hardesty

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has announced the demonstration of a 45.7 percent conversion efficiency for a four-junction solar cell at 234 suns concentration. This achievement represents one of the highest photovoltaic research cell efficiencies achieved across all types of solar cells. NREL’s new solar cell, which is designed for operation in a   …Continue Reading


Fuel Cells Capture Carbon

Linda Hardesty

FuelCell Energy of Danbury, Conn., is conducting research in its laboratory to use fuel cells to capture carbon, reports the New York Times. The US Department of Energy has provided a $2.5 million grant for the experiment, which involves feeding fuel cells carbon dioxide in order to help power the fuel cells. According to the   …Continue Reading


Project Looks at the Intelligent Coupling of Solar and CHP

Karen Henry

German solar inverter manufacturer, SMA Solar Technology; German HVAC company, Vaillant; and RWTH Aachen University in Germany are conducting a joint research project to find out how best to intelligently couple PV systems with CHP plants and heat pump heating systems. The goal of the PV-KWK project is to develop optimized system solutions that create   …Continue Reading


$140M Innovation Hub Focuses on Energy in Manufacturing

Linda Hardesty

President Obama launched a competition for a new innovation hub in smart manufacturing at the Department of Energy. DOE will receive $70 million or more of federal investment to be matched by at least $70 million from the private sector. DOE will lead a competition for a new public-private manufacturing innovation institute focused on smart   …Continue Reading


Beaming Heat Away From Buildings and the Atmosphere

Linda Hardesty

Stanford engineers have invented a coating material that can help cool buildings by radiating heat away from the buildings and sending it directly into the cold of space, according to Stanford News. The ultrathin, multilayered material acts as both a radiator and a reflector of light. The material sends invisible, infrared, heat-bearing light into space.   …Continue Reading


GE Assists Underground Microgrid Project in Upstate NY

Linda Hardesty

GE Global Research and GE Energy Consulting, along with National Grid, the Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Clarkson University have partnered for a microgrid research project in the Village of Potsdam, NY, near the Canadian border. Fueled by a $1.2 million grant from the DOE’s Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy   …Continue Reading


Redox Flow Batteries to Create $190 Million Market in 2020

Karen Henry

Redox flow batteries will carve out a 360 MWh market in 2020 worth $190 million, according to a new report from Lux Research. Commercial development of flow batteries is still in the early stages. Vanadium-based systems lead the market, accounting for 75 MWh of deployed systems. However, bromine-based systems are less expensive and will eventually   …Continue Reading


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