Production and Economics of Perennial-Based Woody and Herbaceous Biomass Crops under Alley-Cropping Systems CX(s) Applied: A9, B3.6, B3.8 Date: 10/12/2011 Location(s): Dakota County, Minnesota Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Sandia Site Office
Coupled High Capacity Silicon Anode and Novel Cathode Cells for Automotive Applications CX(s) Applied: B5.1 Date: 09/13/2011 Location(s): Maplewood, Minnesota Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory
Today, Secretary Chu announced the selection of 40 projects across 15 states to receive more than $175 million to accelerate the development and deployment of next-generation vehicle technologies. From state-of-the-art electric drive batteries to light-weight vehicles, these projects will help improve vehicle fuel efficiency and create quality jobs.
The selected projects focus on eight key approaches to improving vehicle efficiency, including:
Last month, St. Paul, Minnesota unveiled the largest solar thermal project in the Upper Midwest on the roof of the St. Paul RiverCentre, the city-owned convention center overlooking the Mississippi River. The project was funded by $1 million in Recovery Act funding from the Department of Energy’s Solar America Communities program as well as by matching funds from District Energy St. Paul, a Twin Cities utility company that heats 80 percent of downtown buildings in the city.
An aerial view of the solar installation | courtesy of District Energy St. Paul