EERE Network News
August 27, 2008
News and Events
DOE announced on August 22 that it will invest up to $26 million in eight projects to develop energy-efficient industrial processes to replace current energy-intensive processes. The projects focus on the steel, automotive, and aerospace industries; oil and ethanol refineries; and metal forges.
An Energy Star campaign to promote the recycling of refrigerators has resulted in an art exhibit that is filling the Great Hall of the National Building Museum with old refrigerators. "The Art of Recycling: The Coolest Act in Town" opened on August 25 and features about 50 old refrigerators that have been decorated by students, institutions, utility companies, private organizations, and individuals.
General Motors Corporation (GM) plans to launch a new fuel-efficient compact car in the United States, and to do so, the company is investing $350 million in its Lordstown, Ohio, assembly plant. Another $150 million will introduce the vehicle to its U.S. customers.
The philanthropic arm of Google is investing $10.25 million in Enhanced Geothermal Systems technology, which involves fracturing high-temperature rocks deep underground to either create a new geothermal reservoir or to enhance an existing one.
A coal-fired power plant on Hawaii's Big Island will be following a trend as it is converted into a 24-megawatt biomass power plant. A similar coal-to-biomass conversion was accomplished in New Hampshire in 2006, and plans are underway for similar projects in Georgia and Wisconsin.
Kerosene-based jet fuel is costing 79% more this summer than it did last summer, causing rising airfairs and airline schedule cuts. Energy costs are also crimping family budgets, and these combined factors are being blamed for a 5.7% drop in U.S. air travel during this year's Labor Day holiday.