Energy R&D

ARPA-E Issues Grants for Solar Modules

Carl Weinschenk

Lowering costs and dramatically increasing system efficiencies and energy yields of solar modules are the goals of a $2.9 million grant to several organizations from the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), which is part of the U.S. Department of Energy. The grant was awarded to Semprius, the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,   …Continue Reading

Failure to Build Energy Infrastructure Could Cost New England $5.4B

Karen Henry

Failure to expand New England’s energy infrastructure will lead to $5.4 billion more in energy costs for households and businesses, according to a study commissioned by the New England Coalition for Affordable Energy. These impacts would ramp up from 2016 through 2020, with similar or larger impacts expected beyond that timeframe if infrastructure is not added.   …Continue Reading

University of Colorado Researchers Aim at Thermoelectric Power Plants

Carl Weinschenk

A team at the University of Colorado Boulder has received a $3 million federal grant to develop technology to create low-cost supplemental cooling of thermoelectric power plants, according to the university. Cooling is a complicated issue in thermoelectric power generation. Less than half of the energy produced by such facilities is used for power generation. The   …Continue Reading

Recommissioning Buildings an Energy Winner

Carl Weinschenk

The benefits of recommissioning buildings – making comparatively small investments to the infrastructure in order to reduce costs and increase efficiencies – is a growing trend, according to a story at The News. Energy usage is a big part of the draw. An Alerton executive is quoted as saying that reducing equipment repair and replacement   …Continue Reading

Embue Tops in Z-Wave Labs Program

Carl Weinschenk

The Z-Wave Alliance – an open consortium aimed at pushing the Z-Wave wireless communications protocol – announced that Embue is the summer winner of its Z-Wave Labs program. Z-Wave is an automation protocol for homes. Embue, which released its product last year, is developing technology that will enable multifamily property managers to reduce energy and   …Continue Reading

National Lab Opens New Systems Engineering Building

Linda Hardesty

The Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) opened a new Systems Engineering Building, which will make possible more capabilities for researchers to tackle challenges in grid modernization, buildings efficiency and renewable energy integration. The LEED Gold-certified facility houses power grid and buildings control rooms, testing platforms and a number of laboratories to address   …Continue Reading

ACEEE Updates Energy Efficiency Self-Scoring Tool

Karen Henry

The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has released the 2015 International Scorecard Self-Scoring Tool. Users of the Excel-based tool can input qualitative and quantitative data from their country, region or smaller jurisdiction to get a snapshot of their energy efficiency progress compared to 16 of the world’s largest economies. The tool generates custom   …Continue Reading

Ice Energy Opens R&D Center

Linda Hardesty

Ice Energy, a provider of distributed thermal energy storage technology, is establishing a new research and development center in Riverside, California. Among other projects, Ice Energy will pursue a line of smaller residential systems and extend the range of applications supported by its Ice Bear energy storage technology. The company recently was awarded a five-year   …Continue Reading

Siebel Invests $10M to Research Energy Internet of Things

Linda Hardesty

Billionaire Tom Siebel has formed the Siebel Energy Institute with an investment of $10 million to investigate the technology possibilities created by all the millions of sensors that are producing data on the nation’s energy infrastructure. The Siebel Energy Institute will team with eight major research universities: University of California, Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon University, Princeton   …Continue Reading

Seawater Air Conditioning Studied in the Caribbean

Linda Hardesty

Makai Ocean Engineering has completed a feasibility study of a district cooling system that uses deep cold seawater, known as seawater air conditioning (SWAC). The study was commissioned by CAF Development Bank of Latin America, with co-financing from the Agence Française de Développement and used Makai’s recently upgraded district cooling software. Eight locations in the   …Continue Reading

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