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DOE Awards $53M to Cut Solar Cost

Karen Henry

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is investing more than $53 million for 40 research and development projects to drive down the cost of solar energy, addressing key aspects of technology development in order to bring innovative ideas to the market more quickly. These awards upport the development of next-generation PV solar technologies and advanced   …Continue Reading


Heliocentris Develops Fuel Cell Technology for Mobile Phone Base Stations

Linda Hardesty

Germany-based Heliocentris Energy Solutions is to receive subsidies amounting to $1.9 million for the development of a new kind of hydrogen-based fuel cell emergency power supply. Among other things, these funds are to be used for grid-connected mobile phone base stations to ensure full connectivity in the event of blackouts. Heliocentris’ technology works with an   …Continue Reading


Danish Island Serves as Testbed for Integrating Renewables into Grid

Linda Hardesty

The biggest smart grid project in Europe – the EcoGrid pilot – is being conducted on the Danish island of Bornholm. The project is trying to coordinate the fluctuations in the price of electricity with the volume of renewable energy available at five minute intervals, reports PennEnergy. In order to conduct the pilot, Bornholm’s local   …Continue Reading


Lockheed Makes Breakthrough in Fusion Energy

Karen Henry

Lockheed Martin has demonstrated the feasibility of building a compact 100 MW reactor—a technological breakthrough in fusion energy that could pave the way in developing new power sources, Reuters reports. Measuring seven feet by 10 feet, the reactor is 10 times smaller than current reactors. Not only would compact nuclear fusion produce less waste than   …Continue Reading


‘Supercharger’ Makes Heat Pumps Viable for Cold Climes

Linda Hardesty

The US Department of Energy says up until now, heat pumps have only been popular in more mild, Southern regions, and have failed to gain traction in cold climates. This is because as air temperatures drop, air source heat pump performance suffers. However, the DOE has been working with Mechanical Solutions (MSI), a small business   …Continue Reading


DOE Wants 75% Increase in LED Lumens per Watt

Linda Hardesty

The US Energy Department is offering $10 million to support research, development and manufacturing of solid-state lighting (SSL) technologies, both LED and OLED. Today, available LED technology is about 150 lumens per watt; DOE’s target is 250 lumens per watt – a 75 percent increase. The funding opportunity is open to applications in the following   …Continue Reading


NY to Invest in Microgrid Technology

Karen Henry

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced a microgrid feasibility study for the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Red Hook Houses in Brooklyn. Spearheaded by the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the study will explore the viability of creating a microgrid that is powered by new local energy sources to ensure power resiliency for the   …Continue Reading


Nobel Prize Winner Endorses Nanowire LED Technology

Linda Hardesty

Hiroshi Amano, who recently was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics, alongside Shuji Nakamura and Isamu Akasaki for their roles in inventing the blue light emitting diode (LED), has endorsed Aledia’s nanowire LED technology. Amano is a member of Aledia’s Scientific Advisory Board. Aledia is a developer of next-generation LEDs based on its WireLED nanowire   …Continue Reading


DOE Wants Less Refrigerants in HVAC

Linda Hardesty

The Energy Department is spending nearly $8 million to support research and development of the next generation of heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) technologies. The R&D will focus on developing regionally appropriate HVAC to offer more energy savings for new and existing buildings and on developing innovative approaches to replace current vapor compression HVAC   …Continue Reading


DOE Invests $25 Million to Lower CSP Cost

Karen Henry

The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced $25 million in funding to advance concentrating solar power (CSP) system technologies. The investment will fund research and development projects to improve the performance and increase the efficiency of all components of CSP plants, ultimately lowering the cost of solar electricity and producing affordable, clean and renewable energy,   …Continue Reading


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