EERE Network News
May 02, 2007
News and Events
Five to ten small biorefineries could be converting cellulosic biomass into biofuels and biobased chemicals and products within the next five years, thanks to new DOE funding. The new biorefineries will be built at one-tenth of commercial scale.
Mark your calendar for October 12th, because that's when the third Solar Decathlon will begin in Washington, D.C. Twenty teams will come from 13 states, Puerto Rico, Germany, Spain, and Canada to construct a solar village on the National Mall.
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has recently awarded preliminary permits to companies examining wave and tidal power projects in Alaska, Maine, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, and Washington.
One of the world's largest food and beverage companies is buying 1.1 billion kilowatt-hours of renewable energy credits annually for the next three years, enough to offset all the electricity used in its U.S. operations. The purchase makes PepsiCo the largest U.S. purchaser of green power.
The team from Storrs, Connecticut, had the fastest car on a ten-meter straight track during the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Model Car Challenge, but the team from Bridgeport, West Virginia, built the car that could climb an incline the fastest. The annual challenge is part of the National Science Bowl.
You can already picture the television commercials: the woman is thinking about all the advantages of her new hybrid, while her husband is focused on that V-8 Hemi engine. The Hemi might be known for power, but Chrysler expects to wrangle some efficiency out of it with its new SUVs.
An Interior Department plan for oil and gas leasing on the outer continental shelf includes 12 lease sales in the Gulf of Mexico, 8 in Alaska, and even one off the coast of southern Virginia. But the real paydirt for oil drillers is in the Gulf's deep waters, in an area called the Lower Tertiary Trend.