EERE Network News
October 20, 2004
News and Events
DOE is awarding $75 million to 36 research projects that support the President's Hydrogen Fuel Initiative. The projects include 11 to produce hydrogen from sunlight, as well as technologies that will allow hydrogen production from biomass liquids and wind power.
DTE Energy's new Michigan Hydrogen Technology Park will convert electricity from solar panels and from an off-site municipal solid waste plant to make hydrogen from water. Employing BP fuel-delivery technology, the hydrogen will be used to fuel fuel-cell vehicles provided by DaimlerChrysler.
DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) contributed to 10 of the year's top 100 technology developments. The ten awards related to solar energy, bioenergy, industrial energy efficiency, and energy efficiency technologies for buildings and vehicles.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded $2.1 million to 16 business ventures related to biomass, wind, and solar energy resources. The awards are part of $13.1 million in agricultural product market development grants announced by USDA on October 13th.
The U.S. Postal Service has installed a 403-kilowatt solar power system on its West Sacramento Processing & Distribution Center. Chevron Energy Solutions managed the project, which also included an energy management system and energy-efficient lighting, heating, cooling, and ventilation.
The Rocky Mountain Institute's Community Energy Opportunity Finder is an interactive tool that collects information about community energy use and provides suggestions for beneficial energy efficiency and renewable energy measures.
The proposed architecture for a new "smart" power grid integrates the power delivery systems with the information system that controls it, boosting reliability and flexibility while enhancing security. Though a new grid is far in the future, the concepts are being implemented in smaller utility projects.