This week in Washington, leaders in science, industry, and manufacturing gathered at the Energy Department’s 2014 American Energy and Manufacturing Competitiveness Summit, jointly sponsored by the Council on Competitiveness. Also at the Summit was the world's first 3-D printed vehicle chassis, an innovation that resulted from a collaboration between Arizona-based Local Motors, Cincinnati Incorporated, and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) with the funding support of The Energy Department’s Advanced Manufacturing Office.
This is part three of a four-post series celebrating National Drive Electric Week (September 15-21, 2014). The Department of Energy's Vehicle Technologies Office supports plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) development and deployment efforts through the EV Everywhere Grand Challenge, a 10-year vision to enable the U.S.
The Global Wind Network recently completed an Energy Department funded study that took a critical look at U.S. wind industry manufacturers’ ability to compete in the global marketplace and their readiness to supply the next generation of wind turbines. The study found that the U.S. turbine component manufacturers maintained the lowest cost on blades and had the most efficient manufacturing processes on towers, blades, and generators when compared to other major global suppliers.
This is part two of a four-post series celebrating National Drive Electric Week (September 15-21, 2014). As the home of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Auburn Hills, Michigan, was inspired to become a frontrunner for the use of PEVs. The city passed an ordinance to encourage developers to make new buildings "charging ready" and also installed PEV chargers at city buildings.
States across the nation are making efforts to transition gas-powered to plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) with innovative programs and policies to make it affordable and convenient for citizens to drive PEVs. Two recent examples are Project FEVER (Twin Cities Clean Cities’ alternative fuel community readiness project), led by the Denver Metro Clean Cities Coalition and Twin Cities Clean Cities’ alternative fuel community readiness project in Minnesota.
Engineers from the Energy Department’s Idaho National Laboratory and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory identified a new way to launch economically viable hydrogen fueling stations for FCEVs in Honolulu, Hawaii, based on a report titled “Hydrogen Fueling Station in Honolulu, Hawaii.” The report’s findings could also have a broad national impact, accelerating the pace of America's growing clean energy economy.
The Energy Department—in partnership with National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories—established five Regional Test Centers (RTC) across the nation that are making progress in removing barriers to wide-scale deployment of solar power.