EERE Network News
March 03, 2010
News and Events
DOE is offering $100 million in Recovery Act funding for the third round of projects under the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy. The latest funding round focuses on grid storage, power converters, and cooling systems for buildings.
The three major Detroit-based automakers are all investing in a variety of energy-efficient engine technologies. Ford Motor Company, General Motors Corporation, and Chrysler have all announced plans to build more efficient cars by retooling factories and adopting new powertrain designs.
A new study by DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) finds that U.S. wind resources could generate nearly 37 million gigawatt-hours annually. The study represents the maximum amount of wind power that could be reasonably developed in the contiguous United States.
New solar photovoltaic manufacturing facilities are planned for Arizona, Michigan, Oregon, and Pennsylvania. The surge in solar manufacturing follows a banner year for First Solar, which shipped more than a gigawatt of solar modules, and is indicative of rapid growth in the solar power industry.
PlanetSolar, the world's largest solar-powered boat, was unveiled recently in Germany. The 102-foot catamaran is scheduled to soon begin testing ahead of its planned round-the-globe journey, which starts in early 2011. Planned U.S. stops include New York City and San Francisco, California.
A proposal by the White House Council on Environmental Quality calls for federal agencies to consider greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate change impacts when performing environmental reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).