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Fuel Cell Vehicles Reach Market, Seek Critical Mass

As the first hydrogen fuel cell vehicles go on sale, a group of companies and government agencies are seeking ways to encourage sales to help meet national goals for reducing greenhouse gases. . . . → Read More: Fuel Cell Vehicles Reach Market, Seek Critical Mass

Inexpensive Hydrogen Storage Devised for Solar Energy

An engineering team in Switzerland designed a system for producing hydrogen from solar power with abundant available materials, providing an inexpensive and feasible energy storage method. . . . → Read More: Inexpensive Hydrogen Storage Devised for Solar Energy

U.S. Energy Use Declines in 2015, Renewables Gain

(DoDLive.mil)

20 April 2016. Energy use by Americans in their homes and businesses declined in 2015 from the previous year, due to a sharp drop in coal burned for electric power, among other factors. The findings were published in an annual accounting of national energy supply and demand by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, based . . . → Read More: U.S. Energy Use Declines in 2015, Renewables Gain

Process Devised for Plastics from Carbon Dioxide, Plants

First author Aanindeeta Banerjee, left, and Matthew Kanan (Stanford University)

10 March 2016. Producing common plastics like polyester today often needs large inputs of fossil fuel derivatives. A chemistry lab at Stanford University in California developed a low-carbon alternative to polyester that combines recycled carbon dioxide with inedible plant matter, such as agricultural waste, . . . → Read More: Process Devised for Plastics from Carbon Dioxide, Plants

What it Takes to Innovate in the Old Economy

Richard van Atta (A. Kotok)

12 February 2016. Innovation is important throughout the modern economy, particularly in established industries that may lack the excitement of hot new sectors like biotechnology. A panel at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, or AAAS 2016 annual meeting today (12 February) in Washington, D.C. examined ways . . . → Read More: What it Takes to Innovate in the Old Economy

Governments, Private Investors Unveil Clean Energy Plans

Shepherds Flat wind farm in Oregon, one of the world’s largest (Caithness Energy, U.S. Department of Energy)

30 November 2015. Two separate but related initiatives from governments and private investors were unveiled today to boost investment in clean energy innovations for reducing the threat of climate change. Statements announcing the initiatives, expected to double . . . → Read More: Governments, Private Investors Unveil Clean Energy Plans

ARPA-E Funding 41 Energy Generation, Efficiency Projects

Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz speaking at 1776 (A. Kotok)

23 November 2015. Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E, the agency funding riskier energy research and development initiatives in the U.S., announced funding for 41 new projects, including those at 19 private companies. The grants totaling $125 million were revealed today by Secretary of . . . → Read More: ARPA-E Funding 41 Energy Generation, Efficiency Projects

New Design Advances Lithium-Air Battery

Electric vehicle charging station (Steve Jurvetson, Flickr)

30 October 2015. A research group at University of Cambridge in the U.K. unveiled a new design that meets some of the obstacles plaguing lithium-air batteries, considered a major improvement over lithium-ion batteries now used to power mobile devices, computers, and electric cars. The team from the . . . → Read More: New Design Advances Lithium-Air Battery

Sensor Network, Google Maps to Track California Air Quality

Google street view camera car (Padaguan, Wikimedia Commons)

28 September 2015. A San Francisco company that designs environmental sensors and networks is partnering with Google Maps to track air quality in three California regions. Aclima Inc. and Google Maps announced the partnership today at the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative in New . . . → Read More: Sensor Network, Google Maps to Track California Air Quality

Environmental Sensor Developer Reveals Collaborations

(National Park Service, Wikimedia Commons)

30 June 2015. Aclima Inc., a designer of environmental monitoring sensors and networks, unveiled today collaborations with Google Inc., U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, among others. The San Francisco company, operating with little publicity for long as 5 years, did not disclose financial details from . . . → Read More: Environmental Sensor Developer Reveals Collaborations