EERE Network News
January 14, 2004
News and Events
DOE and Japan's ministry of economy, trade, and industry will work together to research and develop hydrogen and fuel cell technologies under an agreement signed on January 9th.
The 2005 Honda Accord Hybrid, to be released later this year, combines a V6 engine with Variable Cylinder Management technology and Honda's hybrid electric system. Honda has also developed its own cold-starting fuel cell stack, to be used in its FCX fuel cell vehicle.
While Jeep displayed its latest fuel-cell vehicle, high- performance cars from several manufacturers featured aluminum and carbon-fiber bodies. But the answer to fuel efficiency from Mercedes-Benz is a high-tech diesel engine with electronic fuel injection.
The Green Olympic Protocol, signed in Beijing on January 12th, is a legally binding international agreement for the U.S. to work with China to bring clean energy technologies to the 2008 Olympic Games.
A one-megawatt photovoltaic system in California will be the largest installed at a community college, while a 214.5- kilowatt system in Nevada is the state's largest. But not all is rosy for the solar power industry: AstroPower is laying off 10 percent of its employees, its second layoff in six months.
Fifteen offshore wind energy projects proposed for the United Kingdom took a step closer to reality in December, when the Crown Estate accepted their bids for leases on the offshore properties. If all are built, the projects could have a total generating capacity as large as 7,200 megawatts.
A study released by the Congressional Budget Office in December finds that improved fuel economy standards would cost between $184 and $228 per new vehicle sold. Gasoline taxes could achieve the same benefit at about the same cost to society.