EERE Network News
September 26, 2007
News and Events
Three solar cell technologies joined technologies related to biomass energy and geothermal power to win six of this year's prestigious R&D 100 awards. A biobased chemical for making foams, coatings, and adhesives also won an award.
A great many technological innovations could be said to save energy in some way, but 11 technologies stand out from the other R&D 100 Award winners as clearly providing an energy efficiency benefit. The technologies include fuel cells, air conditioning, and industrial and vehicular technologies.
DOE announced that it will invest nearly $20 million to research 10- and 40-mile range plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. The University of Michigan will receive nearly $2 million to conduct a two-year study the impacts of this technology.
DOE and China's Ministry of Science and Technology signed an agreement to support a large-scale deployment of energy efficient and alternative fuel vehicles in both countries.
DOE and the Green Grid signed a Memorandum of Understanding to address the energy use of data centers worldwide, and plan to develop tools and provide training for energy saving assessments.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is awarding $18.2 million to 345 renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, including projects employing biomass energy, biofuels, and wind power. The projects are located in 45 states.
After years of utilities and energy companies saying that they are investigating nuclear power plants but not yet willing to commit to building one, NRG Energy and a nuclear power plant operating company have taken the plunge and filed an application to build and operate two nuclear plants in Texas.