As one of the nation’s largest ethnic minority groups, Hispanics can play a major role in America’s energy future. To empower these future leaders, the Energy Department provides resources that help Spanish-speaking families, teachers, and students learn about energy.
Green Racing is helping to bring new levels of "Clean, Fast, and Efficient" to motorsports competition and consumer vehicles through the announcement of this season’s Green Challenge Award and its new Green Racing Protocols.
On Monday, I had the opportunity to recognize the racing teams bringing sustainable technologies to the racetrack through the TUDOR Night of Champions award ceremony along with our Green Racing partners at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and SAE International (a major engineering organization).
This week, Abengoa’s cellulosic ethanol plant in Hugoton, Kansas, will have its grand opening—right on the heels of POET-DSM’s Project LIBERTY in September. Both biorefineries produce cellulosic ethanol, which has only been produced commercially in the United States since last year when INEOS Bio-New Planet Energy’s Vero Beach facility opened.
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.