EERE Network News
October 18, 2006
News and Events
President Bush discussed a number of alternatives to oil during his speech at the "Advancing Renewable Energy" conference on October 12th. The President's speech touched on ethanol, biodiesel, hybrid vehicles, plug-in hybrids, hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, solar energy, and wind power.
DOE and the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced in early October that $17.5 million will be awarded to 17 biomass research projects. In addition, the agencies issued a new solicitation that is offering another $4 million in funding for plant feedstock genomics research.
DOE has awarded $13 million for research in solar technologies. The projects will focus on solar codes, PV module rating systems, and strategic partnership opportunities.
DOE issued a solicitation in late September for the development of power electronics and electric motors for use in hybrid and fuel cell vehicles. The solicitation covers motors, inverters, DC-to-DC converters, and integrated traction drive systems.
California, Michigan, New York, and Pennsylvania awarded significant funds in September and October to support a wide variety of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, including a $21 million project in New York to convert hydropower from Niagara Falls into hydrogen fuel.
Oregon is working to expedite a wave energy project off its coast, while California is studying the feasibility of installing an underwater turbine to capture the tidal flow that passes under the Golden Gate Bridge. The latter project is based on a detailed study by the Electric Power Research Institute.
Diesel fuel pumps throughout the United States are now offering ultra-low-sulfur diesel fuel. The cleaner diesel fuel allows the use of advanced emissions technologies in diesel vehicles, opening the door for a new generation of cleaner, more fuel efficient vehicles.