EERE Network News
July 27, 2011
News and Events
In partnership with DOE, the U.S. Department of Defense will install and operate 18 fuel cell backup power systems on military installations in eight states. Fuel cells convert a fuel such as hydrogen or natural gas directly into electricity, providing a clean and reliable source of electricity.
DOE will award $6.3 million over two years to 31 clean energy projects on tribal lands. The funding will go to tribes and tribal organizations in Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington, and Wisconsin.
DOE is offering $2 million for six regional competitions in which students will develop and present business plans for innovative market solutions based on new clean energy concepts. The contests will lead to a national competition called the National University Clean Energy Business Challenge.
DOE and the Ad Council have created a series of public service announcements that direct homeowners to DOE's Energy Savers website, where they can find tools and information to help them make their homes more energy efficient. The announcements will be distributed to media outlets nationwide, and they will air in donated advertising time and space.
R&D Magazine recently announced that a silicon-ink technology that supported by DOE's Photovoltaic Technology Incubator—and developed and refined at DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory—was one of the lab's three solar energy projects to have won a 2011 R&D 100 award.
Team New York—a team in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 composed of architecture and engineering students from The City College of New York—envision their house, dubbed the Solar Roofpod, as a prototype that can be replicated in densely populated areas around the country.