Knoxville Startup Fiveworx Licenses ORNL Energy Analysis Tool

Knoxville-based Fiveworx has licensed a technology that will help consumers reduce their utility bills by analyzing their home energy usage.

Sustainable Energy Is Focus of Plenary Talks at American Chemical Society Meeting

Advances in renewable and sustainable energy, including mimicking photosynthesis and optimizing lithium-ion batteries, are the topics of three plenary talks at the 247th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, taking place here through Thursday. The presentations will be held on Sunday, March 16, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Ballroom A of the Dallas Convention Center.

Missouri S&T Modular Reactor Consortium Funds Two Initiatives

Missouri's multi-university Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Research and Education Consortium, led by Missouri University of Science and Technology, has selected its first two research initiatives for funding.

New Research Facility Will Address Wind Farm Underperformance, Turbine-to-Turbine Interaction

Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) is collaboration between Texas Tech National Wind Institute, Department of Energy, Sandia, Vestas and Group NIRE.

Energy Dept. Funds UW Project to Turn Wasted Natural Gas Into Diesel

The U.S. Department of Energy this month awarded a group led by the University of Washington $4 million to develop bacteria that can turn the methane in natural gas into diesel fuel for transportation.

GE Partners with Virginia Tech Engineers to Improve Wind Energy Efficiency

The Advanced Research Project Agency - Energy, an agency within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is funding a $3.7 million project proposed by GE that has partnered with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), along with members of Virginia Tech's Aerospace and Ocean Engineering Department. The goal is to develop wind turbine blades that produce power with higher efficiency and lower costs.

Grant to Help Develop Solar-Powered Charging Stations for Plug-in Vehicles

A foundation for engineering and construction firm Black & Veatch has awarded Kansas State University a $200,000 grant to help develop solar-powered charging stations for electric and hybrid vehicles.

Johns Hopkins Researchers Aim to Boost the Flow of Wind Energy into the Power Grid

Johns Hopkins engineers will lead multinational teams in devising better ways to design and manage large-scale harvesting of intermittent power from the wind and other renewable energy sources.

Three Materials Could Hold the Key to Future Hydrogen Cars

New research funded by the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award looks at how to safely and efficiently store hydrogen - one of the key problems preventing hydrogen from being used as an alternative fuel. Award recipient Timo Thonhauser of Wake Forest University explores whether magnesium borohydride, ammonia borane, and alkanes could be used to create a safe and efficient hydrogen storage solution.

International Study of Impacts of Biofuel Production

Michigan Technological University leads a team of scientists from four countries in an NSF-funded study of the social and environmental impacts of biofuel production. They hope to help countries develop policies to maximize the benefits and minimize the negative effects.

American Chemical Society Documents Key Advances Toward Sustainable National Meetings: First Report of Its Kind From Any Organization

The American Chemical Society (ACS), the world's largest scientific society, today documented significant progress toward conserving energy and water, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions and waste generation at its internationally known annual meetings during 2011.

NDSU and COMSATS to Develop Solar Water Heating System for Harsh Climates

Researchers from North Dakota State University, Fargo, and COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan, are working together to design a solar water heating system for harsh climates, using carbon dioxide and a direct expansion heat pump for operation in subfreezing conditions.

NSF Invests $20 Million in Iowa's Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Research

The NSF is investing $20 million to build Iowa's research capacity in sustainable energy systems. Iowa's public universities -- Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa -- will make up the core of the project.

UT Leads Charge to Smart Grid with NSF-DOE Award

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will be at the forefront of research, education, and technology for sustainable energy systems with a five-year, $18 million award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Rye for Biomass May Fit Into Corn and Soybean Rotations

A new research project at South Dakota State University looks at growing rye for biomass as part of a corn and soybean rotation.

Washington and Lee University to Install Virginia's Largest Solar Energy System

Washington and Lee University has signed an agreement with Secure Futures L.L.C., a solar-energy developer based in Staunton, Va., to install two solar photovoltaic arrays, totaling approximately 450 kilowatts, at two separate locations on the W&L campus.

Farms of the Future: Bio-Oil, Biochar from Biomass

Rural landscapes of the future might have pyrolysis plants instead of grain elevators on every horizon --processing centers where farmers would bring bulky crops such as switchgrass to be made into bio-oil. New research looks at bio-oil and a potentially beneficial co-product called biochar.

San Diego Renewable Energy Innovators Win Fellowships to Commercialize Inventions

Graduate students from the University of California, San Diego and San Diego State University working on three separate renewable energy technologies have been awarded a von Liebig Center Fellowship to pursue the commercialization of their research through the San Diego Regional Technology Acceleration Program.

Energy@Rensselaer: Providing Light to Individuals Who Do Not Have Access to a Power Grid

As part of the Change the World Challenge competition sponsored by the Office of Entrepreneurship each semester, Rensselaer students select a topic from a range of challenges with the potential to improve human life, and offer an innovative and sustainable solution to that challenge. Some examples of challenges include improving safety and security and addressing energy, water, or health issues.

Effect of CO2 Injection on Geological Formations Studied

Research will test the ability to inject CO2 into coal seams that cannot be mined, as well as the potential to enhance the coalbed methane recovery.

New Research Center To Tackle Critical Challenges Related to Aircraft Design, Wind Energy, Smart Buildings

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute today announced the new Center for Flow Physics and Control (CeFPaC) within the School of Engineering. From designing smarter blades for wind turbines to developing new techniques for reducing aircraft drag, CeFPaC is poised to make an important impact in the rapidly emerging field of active flow control.

Group Seeks Alternative Uses for Marcellus Shale Gas

A new industry-led initiative to promote in-state utilization of Marcellus Shale natural gas by developing combined-heat-and-power (CHP) systems was announced Thursday at the Natural Gas Utilization Workshop at Penn State.

University of Texas Professor Hosts Presentation on "Fracing" Facts and Myths

Mukul Sharma, a professor in The University of Texas at Austin's Cockrell School of Engineering and an international expert on hydraulic fracturing, presented June 27 on the facts and myths, the knowns and unknowns and the concerns - both real and perceived - surrounding the gas extraction process.

SBU Team Wins R&D 100 Award for Energy-Harvesting Technology

A team at Stony Brook University has won a prestigious R&D 100 Award--dubbed the "Oscar of Invention"--for the development of an energy-harvesting shock absorber that converts vibration, bumps, and motion experienced by the suspension of a vehicle or train into electric power. The regenerative shock absorber for cars can harvest over 100 watts from the vehicle vibrations under normal driving conditions.

A Renewable Twist on Fossil Fuels

Pulling valuable fuels out of thin air? It sounds like magic, but Joel Rosenthal, a chemist at the University of Delaware, is working to transform carbon dioxide (CO2), a greenhouse gas in the atmosphere, into gas for your car and clean-energy future fuels. Rosenthal is a winner of the Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award from Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU).