Waste to Wisdom: Utilizing forest residues for the production of bioenergy and biobased products Award Number: DE-EE0006297 CX(s) Applied: A9, B5.15 Bioenergy Technologies Office Date: 05/18/2015 Location(s): CA Office(s): Golden Field Office
Design and Synthesis of Materials with High Capacities for Hydrogen Physisorption Award Number: DE-EE0007048 CX(s) Applied: B3.6, B3.15, B1.31 Fuel Cell Technologies Office Date: 05/15/2015 Location(s): CA Office(s): Golden Field Office
128 businesses and organizations in 33 states across the nation, are being honored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy with the Energy Star’s Partner of the Year award. Recognized for their commitment to saving energy and protecting the environment, these awardees prevented more than 300 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions and reduced utility bills for Americans by $34 billion.
EERE’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office launched a national emergency response training resource in February. The new resource is the brainchild of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the California Fuel Cell Partnership. This free resource will serve as a first responder-training repository filled with the most current and accurate information on hydrogen and fuel cells.
A new manufacturing technology for producing malonic acid is now possible as a result of Lygos, Inc.’s breakthrough pilot program at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit (ABPDU) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
As part of a geothermal exploration effort to search for geothermal resources nationwide, a $5 million Energy Department investment to Calpine Corporation culminated in the confirmation of an initial 11.4 MW of equivalent steam this year—50% more than early estimates—from three previously abandoned wells at The Geysers, the largest operating geothermal complex in the world.
The Energy Department recently released the highly anticipated Wind Vision Report that quantifies the economic, environmental, and social benefits of a robust wind energy future through 2050. Defining a Roadmap of targeted actions that the country can take to build upon wind energy’s continued success, the Wind Vision Report revisits the findings of the 2008 20% Wind by 2030 Report.
Employees at companies such as 3M, Cisco Systems, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Johnson and Johnson, National Geographic Society, and Principal Financial Group, can now go solar at a significant discount as part of their employee benefits package. This “Solar Community” initiative began in 2014 and is facilitated by the World Wildlife Fund and managed by Geostellar. It is considered a first-of-its-kind nationwide bulk solar purchase program that expands access to solar energy for participating employees, their families, and communities.
With hundreds of thousands of facilities and vehicles spread across the globe, the United States government is one of the world’s largest consumers of energy. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and the U.S. Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) developed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) partnership to help drive down the federal government's energy costs through the government-wide adoption of performance contracting processes.