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."
"As the Better Buildings Challenge expands, leading organizations are partnering with the Department to apply energy efficiency measures and energy management strategies that will shape the nation's next-generation of data centers," said Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz in a statement. "In fact, if all data centers were 20 percent more efficient, the nation could save more than 20 billion kWh of electricity by 2020, which would result in roughly $2 billion in cost savings."
Lux Research has entered into a collaboration that will address the lack of information available about green building technology and how it can reduce the world's electricity consumption.
Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) in commercial buildings accounts for approximately 40 percent of total building energy consumption, but advances in HVAC technology can provide for much more efficient and less energy intensive operation. Although adoption of these technologies has been low, except in large buildings, the reduced energy consumption these technologies can provide makes a compelling case.
At the global fore, the project not only utilizes emissions from a coal-fired power plant, but also boosts the oil production, and ultimately reduces CO2 released into the air. Through Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR), the captured CO2 is expected to create a revenue stream for the by increasing domestic oil production from around 500 barrels per day to approximately 15,000 barrels per day.