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Energy Dept. to Fund $102M for Small Business Research

The U.S. Department of Energy says it will fund research projects by 104 small businesses in the U.S. to develop energy-related technologies for market. The grants, made under the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, total $102 million.

The projects cover technologies applying to energy efficiency, particularly for industrial . . . → Read More: Energy Dept. to Fund $102M for Small Business Research

Case Western Reserve Builds Utility Scale Wind Turbine

(Case Western Reserve University)

Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio and its industrial partners have built their largest research wind turbine, with two other turbines already erected and one in operation providing power. The new turbine resides on property owned by industrial grinder manufacturer William Sopko & Sons in nearby Euclid, the . . . → Read More: Case Western Reserve Builds Utility Scale Wind Turbine

Cleantech Investment Volume Up, Deal Numbers Down in 2011

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

Global investment dollars in clean technologies increased in 2011 from the previous year, but the number investment deals declined somewhat, according to the industry research company CleanTech Group in San Francisco. Clean technologies, as defined by Cleantech Group, include renewable energy sources such as wind and solar, as well . . . → Read More: Cleantech Investment Volume Up, Deal Numbers Down in 2011

Report: Electrical Grid Needs Technology, Regulatory Changes

Richard Schmalensee (A. Kotok)

The electrical power grid in the U.S. faces significant changes in technology over the next two decades, says a new report from the MIT Energy Initiative, but the grid also needs regulatory, economic, and security upgrades to meet these changes. The authors — 13 MIT faculty members plus one . . . → Read More: Report: Electrical Grid Needs Technology, Regulatory Changes

Copper Compound Nanoparticles Advance Battery Electrodes

(National Renewable Energy Laboratory)

Materials scientists at Stanford University in California have developed a new, longer-lasting battery electrode with crystalline nanoparticles of a copper compound. Their discovery, with implications for solar and wind energy storage on the power grid, is described this week in the journal Nature Communications (paid subscription required).

According to . . . → Read More: Copper Compound Nanoparticles Advance Battery Electrodes

National Lab: U.S. Energy, Fossil Fuels Use Up in 2010

(USGS.gov)

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California reports total U.S. energy use grew in 2010, particularly in the burning of fossil fuels. The lab’s annual accounting also shows the nation’s overall renewable fuel use in 2010 remained about the same as 2009, but wind energy and biomass power increased.

Total energy use in . . . → Read More: National Lab: U.S. Energy, Fossil Fuels Use Up in 2010

DoE Science Review Boosts Transport, Grid, Quicker Payoffs

A Chevrolet Volt and replica of the t-shaped battery pack (Photo by John F. Martin for General Motors)

The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) today released its first Quadrennial Technology Review report, an assessment of the Department’s technology research and development portfolios. The report urges the department to focus its R&D more on . . . → Read More: DoE Science Review Boosts Transport, Grid, Quicker Payoffs

Report: Electric Cars Can Balance Renewable Power Grid

(Idaho National Lab)

A report from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) says the growing use of electric vehicles offers a way of balancing the intermittent nature of renewable sources in the Northwest U.S. power grid. PNNL, a unit of the U.S. Department of Energy, examined grid conditions in the Northwest Power Pool, . . . → Read More: Report: Electric Cars Can Balance Renewable Power Grid

Corp/Univ Project to Research Green Energy for Data Centers

Chip maker AMD says it will take part with HP, Clarkson University, and the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) in a project researching the challenge of channeling renewable energy to data centers. Because wind and solar energy are intermittent power sources, the study will also seek ways to automatically shift a . . . → Read More: Corp/Univ Project to Research Green Energy for Data Centers

Mercury Found in Soil Near Central Indiana Coal Power Plants

A study by researchers at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis found that measurable amounts of mercury emitted by coal-fired power plants are deposited in central Indiana soil and can subsequently enter regional watersheds. The findings by earth scientists Carrie Lynne Hatcher (now at University of Toronto) and Gabriel Filippelli appear in the journal Water, Air, and . . . → Read More: Mercury Found in Soil Near Central Indiana Coal Power Plants