US Government

Eco-Friendly SUV Gets a Hydrogen Mileage Boost

Nov 14th, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: Top Story, US Government

When researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) participated in a test drive for a hydrogen fuel cell SUV that reached the equivalent of a 431-mile driving range, it wasn’t just California dream. The research team, along with Toyota, recently completed a 331 mile round trip drive between Torrance and San Diego, Calif., driving two Toyota Highlander Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicles — Advanced (FCHV-adv).



President Obama Announces $3.4 Billion Investment to Spur Transition to Smart Energy Grid

Oct 27th, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: Top Story, US Government

Speaking at Florida Power and Light’s (FPL) DeSoto Next Generation Solar Energy Center, President Barack Obama today announced the largest single energy grid modernization investment in U.S. history, funding a broad range of technologies that will spur the nation’s transition to a smarter, stronger, more efficient and reliable electric system.  The end result will promote [...]



Liberia Finds Solar Power Gets Things Moving Again

Oct 24th, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: Sub-Saharan Africa, Top Story, US Government

Liberians who live, study, or work outside the limited electric grid of the capital, Monrovia, do not have affordable, reliable light. A place to charge a mobile phone is a daily quest. Less than 2 percent of rural areas and about 10 percent of the urban capital area have modern energy sources. People who live [...]



AMORE Alliance Celebrates the Coming of Light to Remote Parts of Mindanao

Oct 24th, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: South Asia, Top Story, US Government

On 10 June 2009, the coming of light to over 8,000 households in more than 270 rural villages in Mindanao was celebrated by the Alliance for Mindanao Off-grid Renewable Energy (AMORE) Program. Members of the alliance – led by United States Ambassador Kristie Kenney and Department of Energy officials – and program partners in the [...]



Project for Algae to Turn Coal Plant C02 Into Biofuel Awarded $70m by DOE

Oct 24th, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: Biofuels, C02 Sequestration, Top Story, US Government

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced that Arizona Public Service (APS), Phoenix, Ariz., has been awarded $70.5 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to expand an existing industrial and innovative reuse carbon mitigation project. Arizona Public Service’s ongoing algae-based carbon mitigation project, previously selected via competitive solicitation, will be expanded [...]



Team Germany Wins 2009 Solar Decathlon

Oct 18th, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: Solar PV, US Government

U.S. Department of Energy Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman today announced the winners of the 2009 Department of Energy Solar Competition on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. Team Germany, the student team from Darmstadt, Germany, won top honors by designing, building, and operating the most attractive and efficient solar-powered home. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign took second place followed by Team California in third place.



US Climate Bill Will Have Modest Economic Impact

Oct 18th, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: Top Story, US Government

Cutting greenhouse gases along the lines of a climate bill pending in Congress would modestly impact the US economy over the next few decades, the bipartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said Wednesday in a report. “Reducing the risk of climate change would come at some cost to the economy,” CBO director Douglas Elmendorf told a [...]



Solar Power Brings Light and Water to Ugandan Hospital

Oct 15th, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: Sub-Saharan Africa, US Government

Lack of electricity is a core cause of malnutrition, starvation, illiteracy and extreme poverty around the world. Moreover, lack of reliable, affordable, clean energy disproportionately harms the health, education and productivity of women and children—who make up the majority of the poor in any community. Providing electricity to poor communities can reduce the amount of [...]



Tiny Algae Loom Large in Biofuel Pilot Projects

Sep 19th, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: Biofuels, US Government

The production of biofuels from algae gained new prominence this summer when ExxonMobil announced that it will invest up to $600 million in the technology. ExxonMobil and Synthetic Genomics Inc. (SGI) formed a research and development alliance in July to explore the production of biofuels from photosynthetic algae. Photosynthetic algae—such as single-celled “microalgae” and blue-green [...]



Light Gives Students a Chance at Night School

Aug 24th, 2009 | By John Waller | Category: Solar PV, Sub-Saharan Africa, US Government

Less than two percent of Liberia’s estimated two million rural dwellers have access to electricity. Most rely on candles or small kerosene lamps to light up their evening activities. But limited lighting impedes chores after dark, prevents post-dusk operation of small businesses, limits the ability of students to study, and contributes to poor security. At [...]