EERE Network News
September 27, 2006
News and Events
Nearly a quarter of R&D Magazine's annual awards for innovative research and development (R&D) were earned by projects relating to energy efficiency and renewable energy. The magazine published its list of R&D 100 Awards online on September 22nd.
While a total of 22 R&D 100 awards went to energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, that list was dominated by projects funded by DOE's Industrial Technologies Program. Those projects relate to energy-intensive industries including mining, aluminum, steel, paper, and petroleum.
DOE is conducting energy saving assessments at a metal manufacturing facility in Red Lion, Pennsylvania, and at a chemical facility in Ludington, Michigan.
If you're planning on buying a Toyota or Lexus hybrid vehicle, you'd better hurry: federal tax credits will be cut in half starting October 1st. The Energy Policy Act of 2005 requires the tax credits to start phasing out after each automaker sells 60,000 hybrid vehicles.
Honda Motor Company is planning to roll out a wide range of efficient vehicle technologies, including a new fuel cell vehicle slated for limited marketing in the U.S. and Japan starting in 2008. Honda has also developed efficient diesel and gasoline engines for cars and energy-saving engines for motorcycles.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding nearly $5.8 million in grants to ethanol, biodiesel, biomass energy, and wind power projects. The agency is also offering $5.4 million for research in bioproducts and bioenergy and is co-hosting a renewable energy conference with DOE.
The current options for natural gas supplies are to provide it domestically, to import it by pipeline, or to import liquefied natural gas, but a Canadian company plans to add a fourth option. Sea NG Corp. plans to award contracts this year for building three ships that will carry compressed natural gas.