New York University (NYU) is stimulating the creation of clean energy companies with the launch of a certificate program to train experienced business professionals in energy efficiency and renewable energy. The Clean Start program, supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), will provide the foundation for 15 professionals interested in establishing companies in, or making a career change to, those growing fields.
The government has made strides in modernizing its infrastructure, as well as integrating and managing the latest technology, to meet its energy-efficiency targets. Access to better data and the ability to integrate that data into this new infrastructure and technology will be essential for federal agencies to build on their progress and meet their energy-efficiency and energy security goals.
A project completed by DTE Energy at its coal-fired Monroe Power Plant will significantly reduce emissions and improve air quality in the region, making it one of the cleanest coal plants in the country, as well as the first in Michigan to operate best-in-class systems that reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by about 90 percent and sulfur dioxide emissions by about 97 percent.
The results of improvements made to Pepco Energy Services' Midtown Thermal Control Center (MTCC) operations in Atlantic City, including numerous energy-efficiency upgrades and an automated plant optimization application are in-- and are impressive.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has launched a major demonstration project for converting carbon dioxide (CO2) into commercial products. The plant will use a first-of-its-kind process to capture 75,000 tons of CO2 from a San Antonio, Texas, cement plant, converting the greenhouse gas into other products, including sodium carbonate, sodium bicarbonate, hydrochloric acid and bleach.
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), utilities, regional transmission organizations, and auto manufacturers are demonstrating an advanced software platform for integrating plug-in electric vehicles (PEV) with smart grid technologies for two-way communication that would allow PEVs with varying technologies to work with power grids. The system will enable the utilities to send a message directly to the vehicle, asking it to stop charging temporarily as a way of helping a grid that is becoming overloaded.
Exelon Generation is taking part in a first-of-a-kind demonstration power plant that will validate a new natural gas power system that produces zero atmospheric emissions, including carbon dioxide (CO2) developed by NET Power, LLC. The 50 MWt demonstration plant will validate the world's first natural gas power generation system that produces no air emissions and includes full CO2 capture without requiring expensive, efficiency-reducing carbon capture equipment.
The growing U.S. methane mitigation industry can boost economic development in key energy states and help reduce oil and gas air pollution, suggests a report by Datu Research for the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), as the federal government considers standards to limit methane emissions from oil and gas operations and demand for this equipment is expected to rise.
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Better Buildings, Better Plants Program is recognizing 11 partner companies for meeting ambitious energy-efficiency goals. These manufacturers are part of those spread country-wide who spend more than $200 billion each year to power their plants. Through the Better Plants Program, they commit to improve their energy intensity by at least 20 percent over 10 years.
"These new programs highlight ARPA-E's commitment to transformational energy innovation," said ARPA-E Acting Director Dr. Cheryl Martin. "We are excited to bring together these technology and business communities to catalyze the disruptive technology options necessary to address the nation's top energy challenges."