EERE Network News
October 24, 2007
News and Events
The team from the Technische Universität Darmstadt in Germany came from behind to win first place overall in the Solar Decathlon last Friday.
The United States and Spain agreed to work together to develop a Solar Decathlon Europe competition. Under the agreement, both countries will exchange information regarding rules, scoring, judging, safety, and site and team selection.
DOE announced on October 19th that it would invest more than $44 million in four Building America teams over the next five years. This money will be used to fund the development of net-zero-energy homes. $4.1 million will also be invested in two regional building technology application centers.
The solar cars from the Netherlands and Japan are leading in the two categories of solar racers at the Panasonic World Solar Challenge, which began on October 21st in Australia. The first solar cars are expected to finish the race in Adelaide by October 24th.
The Green Power Leadership Awards were announced on October 22nd, honoring a variety of organizations for supplying, marketing and purchasing green power.
The Toyota Prius, Honda Civic Hybrid, and Nissan Altima Hybrid are the fuel economy leaders in the new 2008 Fuel Economy Guide. But all new cars have lower fuel economies this year, because the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is trying to better account for real-world driving.
A new report warns that the demand for electricity could increase due to global climate change. DOE coordinated the report, which concludes that a higher average temperature in the United States would increase the overall use of electricity.