US Energy Dept puts up $18 million to get more solar on the grid

January 21, 2016 by  
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The Obama administration is making another big push to support innovation in the renewable energy sphere – this time in the way of storage for solar power. The U.S. Department of Energy announced a plan this week to invest $18 million across six different projects that are designed to help fuel the quest for solar energy storage solutions  and ultimately get more renewable energy flowing through public utility grids. Right now, solar power makes up only four percent of the nationwide grid, and that’s mostly because solar farms in the States can’t capture solar energy around the clock, but electricity needs don’t stop just because the sun goes down. Read the rest of US Energy Dept puts up $18 million to get more solar on the grid

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Clean energy report: a closer look at renewables in the United States

December 10, 2015 by  
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The past two weeks, we’ve heard a lot from world leaders in Paris about a global strategy to address climate change. The talks have been full of scrutiny surrounding carbon emissions, fossil fuel usage, clean energy projects, and conservation. As President Obama pressures government leaders of less developed nations to clamp down on emissions and invest more in renewable energy, many will be looking to the United States to see what kind of progress has been made toward a cleaner future. Renewable energy is on the rise in some states, while other regions still cling to dirty fossil fuels. Here’s a deeper look into who is doing it right, who is lagging behind, and what the future looks like in the American energy scene. Read the rest of Clean energy report: a closer look at renewables in the United States

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This new material could efficiently turn greenhouse gases into fuel

August 17, 2015 by  
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Many scientists have been eager to explore the concept of carbon capture  – and especially the concept of transforming greenhouse gases into methanol – for several years. It’s an encouraging concept for sucking carbon emissions out of the atmosphere, slowing global warming and creating handy biofuels in the process, but so far the technologies that would accomplish this transformation haven’t been particularly efficient. But new research by the Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory  has developed a copper-based material that could make the process a realistic possibility. Read the rest of This new material could efficiently turn greenhouse gases into fuel

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Report: Wind could supply a third of the USA’s electricity by 2050

March 18, 2015 by  
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A new report from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind and Water Power Technologies Office titled “ Wind Vision: A New Era of Wind Power in the United States ” finds that wind energy could supply 35 percent of the country’s electricity by 2050. That is enough energy to power more than 100 million homes and support more than 600,000 jobs, according to the report, which updates and expands upon a 2008 DOE report titled “ 20 percent Wind Energy by 2030 .” Read the rest of Report: Wind could supply a third of the USA’s electricity by 2050 Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , “wind power” , clean electricity , clean power , Climate Change , Department of Energy , José Zayas , obama administration , renewable energy , U. S. Department of Energy , U.S. Department of Energy’s Wind and Water Power Technologies Office , wind electricity , wind energy

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Airbnb tops world-famous ski jump with an incredible glass-walled penthouse

March 18, 2015 by  
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Obama seeks billions in funding for clean energy development and emissions cuts in 2016 budget

February 3, 2015 by  
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President Obama released his fiscal budget for 2016 on Monday (2/2) afternoon, and it proposes an impressive $7.4 billion in funding for clean energy technologies as well as the creation of a $4 billion fund to incentivize individual U.S. states to make greater cuts to power plant emissions . The proposals are in keeping with the Obama administration’s wishes to prioritize the fight against climate change in the final two years of his presidency. Read the rest of Obama seeks billions in funding for clean energy development and emissions cuts in 2016 budget Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , “wind power” , 2016 , Climate Change , coastal flooding , department of defense , Department of Energy , Drought , emissions , fiscal budget , global warming , green energy , obama , renewable energy , solar , tax credit

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United States Investing $10 Million in Wave Power Projects

May 1, 2014 by  
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The United States Department of Energy (DOE) just announced $10 million in funding to test two deep-water wave energy conversion (WEC) devices off the coast of the U.S. Navy ‘s Marine Corps Hawaii Base in Kaneohe Bay. According to the DOE, the demonstrations at the Navy’s wave energy test site “will help develop reliable wave energy options and collect important performance and cost data for wave energy WEC devices.” Read the rest of United States Investing $10 Million in Wave Power Projects Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , Department of Energy , Marine Corps Base Hawaii in Kaneohe Bay , renewable energy , U.S. Navy , wave energy , wave energy conversion devices , wave energy test site , wave power

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INTERVIEW: Department of Energy’s David Danielson on How America Can Win the Clean Energy Race

April 17, 2014 by  
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2013′s government shutdown didn’t stop the United States Department of Energy (DOE)  from moving forward on a range of initiatives to ramp up renewable energy , promote energy efficiency , and combat climate change . Leading the efforts to ensure that America continues to lead in the global clean energy race, is  Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Dr. David Danielson . With a diverse background as a clean energy venture capitalist, and the first program director at DOE’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) , Danielson brings a wealth of both private and public sector experience to EERE. Danielson recently talked with us about the work his office is doing on making the building industry and federal government more sustainable and transitioning the nation to a clean energy economy. Read the rest of INTERVIEW: Department of Energy’s David Danielson on How America Can Win the Clean Energy Race Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , “energy efficiency” , ARPA-E , clean tech , David Danielson , Department of Energy , DOE , Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy , government , interview , renewable energy

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Team Norwich Delta’s Affordable T-90 Home is an Insulated Fortress that Provides Superior Comfort at the Solar Decathlon

October 10, 2013 by  
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The Delta T-90 design is all about providing a sustainable dwelling that provides maximum interior comfort for residents despite extreme temperatures on the exterior, and all at an affordable cost. At the beginning of the creative process, Team Norwich was ever mindful of the housing crisis that many cities are currently facing. Accordingly, the Delta T-90 construction scheme was first and foremost guided by Charles and Ray Eames’ motto, which is to build “the best, for the most, for the least.” The science behind the resilient Delta T-90 design stems from a three-fold objective based on affordability, comfort and energy conservation. The temperatures in Vermont tend to drop radically in the winter months, causing stress to residents and a strain on city-provided energy sources. Therefore, these students focused on a “notion of understated elegance and universally valued architectural maneuvers” to design a home that could guarantee comfortable temperatures inside (70°F) while harsh Vermont winter temps dropped as low as -20°F on the exterior. To achieve a highly insulated home that sees minimal casual energy loss, the Delta T-90 envelope is a veritable fortress. On the outside, the modular, 991 square foot, two-bedroom house pays homage to the historic Vermont farm house in its practicality and simplicity, but comes installed with a sustainable power punch to meet optimal energy efficiency. For energy harvesting, the roof is topped with a flat photovoltaic array , which was intentionally sized to accommodate the heavy snow fall that hits Vermont roughly 120 days every year. For materials, the team looked to use locally-sourced materials such as hemlock from Norwich University’s own Paine Mountain and Northern White Cedar from Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom. The skeleton of the house was built using an inline advanced framing technique that provides a sturdy, insulated structure, which uses a 3/4? air gap for moisture evaporation. Triple pane windows are used throughout for their ability to meet Passive House standards, and – at a total R-value of 11.36 – the Delta T-90 windows were specifically chosen for their ability to minimize energy loss . And it’s not just the materials that went into the window selection, but the placement as well. The 70 square foot window on the southern end of the living area is strategically placed for maximum solar gain during wintertime. It also serves as the home’s main focal point and by letting in direct and ambient light, providing residents with a connection to the surrounding landscape, no matter what the temperatures are on the exterior. Additionally, the Norwich team was of the opinion that many Vermont residents would not be able to afford the maximum price tag alloted to Solar Decathlon entries, who are regulated to a $250,000 construction estimate. Therefore, at a $195,000 base level cost, the Delta T-90 is one of the most affordable houses in the competition this year. However, the design is not only far below maximum price tag set by SD guidelines, but the low price makes its affordable for a typical household making 20% to 30% less than Vermont’s average income level. Inhabitat’s coverage of Solar Decathlon continues this week so make sure to check back to see the winning team of Solar Decathlon 2013! + Team Norwich Delta T-90 Home + Inhabitat Solar Decathlon Coverage Photos © Mike Chino for Inhabitat        

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Marcus Bleasdale’s Shocking Photos Reveal the Ugly Truth Behind Smartphone Manufacturing

October 10, 2013 by  
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