EERE Network News
August 17, 2005
News and Events
Stirling Energy Systems will build a 500-megawatt Stirling dish project northeast of Los Angeles under a new power purchase agreement with Southern California Edison. The agreement includes an option to expand the facility to 850 megawatts.
The FedEx hub at Oakland International Airport is now drawing on solar power for 80 percent of its energy needs. The 904-kilowatt solar power system that covers the entire roof area of two buildings is the largest corporate solar power system in California.
Could the next generation of solar power devices operate with no energy loss, produce chemical fuels, or repair themselves? According to a new report from DOE's Office of Science, such breakthrough technologies could be achieved if 13 research areas are pursued.
Five DOE national laboratories and five other DOE facilities have teamed up with an Army base to buy more than 500 million kilowatt-hours of renewable energy (in the form of renewable energy credits) over the next five years. The purchase will support wind and biomass facilities.
DOE, the "Big Three" automakers, and five major energy companies have been working together for the past three years to develop emissions-free vehicles that run on hydrogen fuel cells. A new report from the National Research Council says the partnership is off to an excellent start.
The California Stationary Fuel Cell Collaborative is a joint initiative of federal, state, and non-governmental organizations interested in the acceleration of stationary fuel cell commercialization in the state of California.
As the second anniversary of the August 14th, 2003, blackout passes by, high temperatures are driving U.S. power demand to record levels. The power grid is coping with the demand, although a grid operator in the East had to reduce voltage on its system in late July.