As part of the Obama Administration's EV Everywhere Grand Challenge-- which aims, in part, to reduce dependence on foreign oil and transition to a clean energy economy-- the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced more than $55 million in funding for 31 new projects to accelerate research and development of critical vehicle technologies that will improve fuel efficiency and reduce costs.
Many electric and gas utilities offer rebate programs to encourage the use of ERV. These utilities then reap the benefits of the resulting peak load reductions, operating cost savings, and, ultimately, compliance with mandates encouraging the use of energy-efficient equipment.
With funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) launched the Distributed Wind Turbine Competitiveness Improvement Project (CIP) to help the U.S. wind industry develop competitive, high-performance technologies needed to compete in the global distributed wind market and lower the levelized cost of energy so it can compete with retail electricity rates.
Public Service Electric and Gas (PSEG) is using innovation to encourage New Jersey businesses to provide employees with electric car charging at work and foster greater adoption of electric cars, which would help to improve the state's air quality, help companies achieve sustainability targets, reduce costs for employees, and foster the country's energy independence.
"Transportation Electrification: Utility Fleets Leading the Charge" focuses on the electric power industry's effort to accelerate the expansion of electric transportation in commercial and retail markets, beginning with electric utility fleets, encouraging investor-owned electric utilities to meet an industry-wide goal to spend at least five percent of annual fleet acquisition budgets on PEVs and plug-in technologies.
The Fierce Innovation Awards provide a platform for you to showcase the innovative products and services you have created, not just to our distinguished panel of third-party executives from major North American utilities, but also to our 30,000 industry readers in our Innovation Report.
Rutgers researchers have developed a technology that could overcome a major cost barrier to making clean-burning hydrogen fuel. The technology is intended to replace cost-prohibitive platinum for electrolysis reaction. The resulting hydrogen fuel could, potentially, replace fossil fuels.
Through research funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) has developed a porous, sponge-like nanomaterial made of silicon that could help lithium-ion batteries run longer by giving the batteries' electrodes the space they need to expand without breaking. This means that the lithium-ion batteries that power electric vehicles could store more energy and run longer on a single charge with the help of a silicon sponge.
Google and the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) have teamed up to map natural gas leaks under city streets, already revealing interactive maps showing leaks beneath the streets of Boston, Indianapolis and New York City's Staten Island.
Construction at the WA Parish power plant has begun on the first commercial-scale post-combustion carbon capture retrofit project in the U.S. and the largest such project in the world.