DOE Announces Upcoming Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Webinar
June 13, 2012
EERE offers webinars to the public on subjects ranging from how to adopt the latest energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, to training for the clean energy workforce. Webinars are free; however, advanced registration is typically required. You can also watch archived webinars and browse previously aired videos, slides, and transcripts.
June 19: Live Webcast on Low Platinum Electrocatalysts for Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles
The Energy Department will present a live webcast titled Brookhaven National Laboratory's (BNL) Low-Platinum Electrocatalysts for Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles (FCEVs) on June 19, 2012, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Electrocatalysts developed by BNL scientists use less costly platinum and increase the effectiveness of fuel cells for use in electric vehicles. Platinum is the most efficient electrocatalyst for fuel cells, but platinum catalysts are expensive, unstable, and have low durability. BNL's newly developed electrocatalysts have high activity, stability, and durability, while containing only about one-tenth the platinum of conventional catalysts used in fuel cells, reducing overall costs. In addition, BNL has developed an innovative method to synthesize the catalysts. N.E. Chemcat Corporation, Japan's leading catalyst and precious metal compound manufacturer, announced that it has licensed both the electrocatalyst technology and the manufacturing process.
June 7: Live Webcast on Streamlining ESPCs for Small Sites
The Energy Department presented a live webcast titled Streamlining ESPCs for Small Sites on Thursday, June 7, 2012. The session was aimed toward energy managers and other professionals interested in learning how federal facilities can realize energy and water savings in six months or less with a new project funding approach—the Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) ENABLE program. Subject matter included eligibility criteria and the use of standardized forms, as well as self-assessments to reduce application time, costs, reviews, and approvals.
May 22: DOE Highlights Tool to Estimate the Economic Benefits of Fuel Cell Adoption
The Energy Department presented a live webinar on May 22, 2012, featuring a new modeling tool for estimating the economic benefits of fuel cells in early market applications. The tool, called "Job and Output Benefits of Stationary Fuel Cells (JOBS FC): Economic Benefits of Fuel Cells," estimates the number of jobs created by deploying fuel cells in forklifts, backup power, and prime power applications.