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Hydrogen breakthrough could make fuel greener

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.

Sponge breakthrough could expand range of electric vehicles

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 honing in on methane leaks

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.

WA Parish carbon capture project first in the U.S.

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.

DVP offshore wind project waiting on core samples

In July, using the U.S.-flagged, 110-foot long lift vessel called the Inez Eymard, Dominion Virginia Power (DVP) will be taking core samples of the ocean floor in an effort to move ahead its proposed offshore wind turbine project ahead which would be located 27 miles off the coast of Virginia Beach.

Alliant installing air quality improvement technology

Air quality improvements are planned for one of Wisconsin's largest power plants. Alliant Energy's Wisconsin utility, Madison Gas & Electric Co. and Wisconsin Public Service Corp. have jointly filed a request with the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) to install air quality improvement technology at the Columbia Energy Center near Portage, Wisconsin.

DOE seeking innovative renewable energy projects

The Renewable Energy and Efficient Energy Projects Loan Guarantee Solicitation is intended to support technologies that are catalytic, replicable, and market-ready.

DOE conditionally commits to U.S. offshore wind industry

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is getting closer to issuing a $150 million loan guarantee to support the construction of the Cape Wind offshore wind project with a conditional commitment to Cape Wind Associates, LLC.  With this agreement, Cape Wind is closer to completing its financing and commencing construction on what would be the first commercial-scale offshore wind facility in the U.S., with a capacity of more than 360 MW of clean energy.

Pacific Gas and Electric launches zero net energy design competition

Last year's Architecture at Zero competition spurred state-of-the-art designs for a 150-unit mixed-use residential apartment building in the Tenderloin neighborhood in San Francisco.

Southern Company carbon capture demo gets top industry honor

The Southeastern Electric Exchange's (SEE, an association of investor owned utilities) 2014 Industry Excellence Chairman's Award has been given to Southern Company for its 25 MW carbon-capture demonstration project-- the world's largest demonstration of carbon capture and sequestration on a pulverized-coal power plant.