Working with Mechanical Solutions, Inc., a small business in New Jersey, the Energy Department’s Building Technologies Office has found a potential solution for cold climate heating: a Supercharger that allows heat pumps to efficiently operate in the coldest U.S. climates, with zero backup heat.
The University of Maine utilized $12 million in funding from EERE to deploy the VolturnUS, a one-eighth scale prototype of a commercial scale offshore floating turbine. This is the first step toward developing an offshore wind industry in Maine. The University is setting a great example for the rest of the country for just how far we can go when we dedicate ourselves to clean energy innovation.
Here at EERE, within our Building Technologies Office, the Appliance Standards Program works to save American consumers money while reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by overseeing minimum energy conservation standards for 60 categories of appliances. The man who has led these efforts since 2010 is John Cymbalsky, who was recently recognized for his efforts as a finalist for the 2014 Science and Environment Medal at the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals, commonly known as the Sammies.
This week, three scientists—two from Japan and one from the United States—received the Nobel Prize in physics for their work on the LED light. The trifecta, Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura, earned the prestigious award specifically for their invention of the blue light emitting diode, a game-changer in the history of LED lights. The American scientist, Shuji Nakamura, a pioneer in the lighting industry, is the founder of LED company Soraa, which has a history of working with the Department of Energy—both through EERE and our Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)—on the subject of blue light diodes.
Startups are a driving force of innovation in the clean energy sector. These companies are developing creative products and services that slash carbon pollution and move the clean energy economy forward. The Energy Department has invested in several initiatives that support clean energy entrepreneurs and small businesses, including the Innovation Ecosystem Initiative and the National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition. These two programs combined have served nearly a thousand ventures that have raised more than $150 million in funding in the last four years. Today we take a look at the recent successes and accomplishments of the start-ups who have gone through these programs.
President Obama and India’s Prime Minister Modi met this week and agreed to expand the partnership between the two countries in clean energy and climate change. These initiatives build on a strong foundation of existing bilateral cooperation, and reflect both countries’ recognition of the tremendous economic opportunity afforded by supporting clean energy programs that facilitate access to clean energy and expand the market for renewable and energy efficiency technologies in India. India is a nation with an abundance of sunlight and an emerging market for solar energy technology. To facilitate further development of that market, the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the India’s National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE) have collaborated to enhance the quality and accuracy of India’s solar resource maps.
Earlier this month, on September 19, 2014, Energy Department (DOE) Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman joined Secretary Tom Vilsack of the Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Secretary Ray Mabus of the Department of Navy (Navy) to announce three projects that will produce renewable jet and diesel for the military. DOE, USDA, and Navy are working with private industry to produce advanced drop-in biofuels that can be used by the Department of Defense and the private transportation sector.
An Energy Department-supported project is addressing these problems by designing, building, and testing a mobile lighting tower powered by hydrogen fuel cell technology, which is quiet and emits nothing but water while generating electricity.
The Energy Department announced this week a funding opportunity of up to $25 million to help improve the economics of making biofuel from algae. These cooperative agreements will support the development of a bioeconomy that can help create green jobs, spur innovation, improve the environment, and achieve national energy security. The funding opportunity builds on recent accomplishments from EERE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) to overcome the barriers to creating cost-effective algal biofuels. In celebration, we’re highlighting five of our most exciting, recent accomplishments.