For years, farmers have been using cornstalks to make scarecrows, preventing crows and other predators from destroying their crops. This fall, the Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office is using cornstalks for a different purpose—bioenergy production.
While crashing a car isn't usually considered a good thing, running through a crash test was a major milestone for Ford and Magna's Multimaterial Lightweight Vehicle. This unique concept car, supported by a project funded by the Energy Department's Vehicle Technologies Office, is 25 percent lighter than the 2013 Ford Fusion, a similar midsized sedan. As reducing a vehicle's weight by 10 percent can increase its fuel economy by 6 to 8 percent, the lightweight materials in this vehicle have the potential to save consumers fuel and money in the future.
Dr. David Danielson, our Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, recently sat down with a panel of clean energy experts for an extended interview on WTTW Channel 11 in Chicago to discuss clean energy and innovation in the Midwest.
Combined heat and power (CHP), also known as co-generation, provides both electricity and heat from a single source all while saving energy and slashing carbon pollution. CHP systems capture energy that is normally lost in centralized power generation and convert that energy to heat and cool manufacturing facilities and businesses. Unlike central power generation, CHP systems are distributed energy generation systems and that means that they are located close to where energy is consumed. The proximity of power generation to its use makes CHP a reliable source of power for hospitals, schools, office buildings, apartment complexes, and other large buildings that require around-the-clock electricity. Bob Gemmer of EERE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office is one of the Energy Department’s primary experts on CHP technologies with more than 40 years of related expertise. We sat down with Bob to learn more about him and what makes him such a passionate advocate for CHP.
To help small businesses save time, the Energy Department’s Office of Energy and Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) launched a new interactive all-in-one online tool that makes it easier to apply for EERE’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. SBIR/STTR provide funding to small businesses, with a focus on minority- and woman-owned small businesses, to develop and commercialize clean energy technologies that cut carbon pollution and drive the economy forward.
The Energy Department announced last week approximately $5 million in State Energy Program (SEP) competitive awards for 13 states to achieve the economic and environmental benefits that clean energy offers. As part of an “all-of-the-above” approach, Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, New Mexico, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington will invest SEP funds in the deployment of projects to enhance economic development opportunities associated with energy efficiency and renewable energy across the residential, commercial, and industrial markets.
A new study funded by the Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative, “Brighter Future: A Study on Solar in U.S. Schools," found that solar installations on U.S. public and private K-12 schools is increasing, providing renewable energy, cost savings, and other benefits for school systems across the country.