Energy R&D

Duke Energy, USF Launch Solar Battery Research Initiative

Karen Henry

Duke Energy Florida and the University of South Florida (USF) St. Petersburg have launched a solar battery project aimed at exploring better ways to store solar energy. Funded by a $1 million grant from Duke Energy, the solar battery project is already underway with the installation of a solar PV system on the top of   …Continue Reading


R&D Looks Into High-Volume Energy Storage of Heat

Linda Hardesty

The French company Babcock Wanson is conducting research and development into high-volume energy storage in the form of heat. Babcock Wanson, a subsidiary of the CNIM Group, offers a complete range of products and services for industrial boilers to help industries save energy. The company’s objective with its energy storage technology – EMR’Stock – is to   …Continue Reading


Glass Coating Could Make Solar Panels 6% More Efficient

Linda Hardesty

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory are working on a glass coating that makes solar panels more efficient. The coating is anti-reflective and water-repellant. Water bounces off the coating, carrying dirt with it and cleaning the surface. The coating does not reflect light, and for solar panels, reflecting less sunlight means   …Continue Reading


Dais Analytic Receives $1.2M to Advance HVAC Technology

Linda Hardesty

Dais Analytic was awarded funding of $1.2 million from the US Department of Energy to further commercialize its heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) membrane technology for its NanoAir product. The award is part of a total investment of nearly $8 million announced at the end of April by the Energy Department to advance research and   …Continue Reading


DOE Finds Illuminance Degradation at Border Patrol Lighting Retrofit

Karen Henry

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has released an updated report on its lighting evaluation project along the US-Mexican border in Yuma, Arizona, LEDs Magazine reports. In February 2014, DOE installed six LED-based area luminaires on three poles to evaluate their performance in an environment with extreme temperatures and other environmental challenges before proceeding with   …Continue Reading


DOE Awards Nearly $8.2M for LED/OLED Lighting Development

Linda Hardesty

The Energy Department is funding nine research and development projects to support solid-state lighting (SSL) core technology research, product development and manufacturing. The projects will help accelerate the development of high-quality LED and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) products to reduce overall US energy consumption. DOE-funded R&D looks to increase the efficiency of today’s LEDs by an   …Continue Reading


DOE Invests $10.5M in Marine Energy Systems

Karen Henry

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is investing $10.5 million to support the design and operation of innovative marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) systems, which convert the energy of waves, tides, and river and ocean currents into electricity. Advances in MHK technologies will help these devices harness  more sustainable energy from the enormous potential of the   …Continue Reading


Creating Energy with Footsteps via Solar Tiles

Linda Hardesty

Shell LiveWIRE helped fund a project to install solar/kinetic tiles on a soccer field in Brazil. The footsteps from the soccer players power the lights for the field. The Pavegen tiles work alongside solar panels to power the lights for up to 10 hours on a full battery.


Berkeley Lab, NTU Singapore Collaborate for Energy Technologies

Linda Hardesty

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will jointly develop technologies for energy efficiency and sustainable development in the tropics. They will collaborate on research in various areas of energy-efficiency for buildings, renewable energy generation and storage, and smart grids. The five-year partnership will work to overcome specific environmental challenges faced   …Continue Reading


DOE Invests $8M in Next-Gen HVAC Systems

Karen Henry

The US Department of Energy (DOE) is investing $8 million to advance research and development of next-generation HVAC technologies in the areas of advanced vapor compression technology and non-vapor compression technology. Advanced vapor compression systems projects will use highly efficient versions of the technologies that currently drive HVAC systems but with refrigerants that have a   …Continue Reading