Sandia, Others Funded to Sequence Microbial Genes for Potential Biofuels Use

Sandia researchers and others at the University of New Mexico (UNM), the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), Novozymes and North Carolina State University's Center for Integrated Fungal Research (NCSU-CIFR) have received a DNA sequencing award from the Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute (JGI) to study microbial genes in arid grasslands. The research combines interests in fundamental microbial ecology with DOE goals to exploit microbes in the production of biofuels.

Launch Event of UC Berkeley's Energy Institute at Haas

Learn more about the Energy Institute's programs and meet its leadership, including faculty co-directors Catherine Wolfram and Severin Borenstein. The event is free and open to the public.

Sandia Joins Forces with Boeing, Caltrans, Other Industry Partners on Fuel Cell-powered Mobile Lighting Application

Sandia National Laboratories, with help from The Boeing Company, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), and others, is leading an effort to develop a commercially viable, fuel cell-powered mobile lighting system.

Sustainable Energy Initiatives Converge at New Institute at UC Berkeley's Business School

Recognizing the vital role business will play in responding to energy and climate change challenges, the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley, is launching a new energy institute. The new Energy Institute at Haas will address both the rising need for research and the growing student interest in the markets, policy, and technology for sustainable energy.

Who's Who in Smart Energy Convene for New York's Largest and Most Comprehensive Advanced Energy Conference

New York's premiere event to feature the future of modern energy solutions.

Smart Grid Information Clearinghouse Web Portal to be Developed

Virginia Tech will develop a public Smart Grid Information Clearinghouse web portal that encourages use of electricity in an environmentally responsible way. IEEE and the EnerNex Corporation will assist with content, which includes demonstration projects, use cases, standards, legislation, policy and regulation, lessons learned, best practices, and R&D topics.

Researchers Looking for Catalyst That Allows Plants to Produce Hydrocarbons

Iowa State University researchers are working to understand how a catalyst allows certain plants and algae to create simple hydrocarbons that could be a new source of liquid fuels. The project is supported by a four-year, $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation's Office of Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation.

$3 Million for Energy Chair at Missouri University of Science and Technology

Missouri University of Science and Technology's emphasis in energy research and education will soon get a big boost, thanks to a $3 million gift from a retired oil and natural gas executive and graduate of the university.

Could Sorghum Become a Significant Alternative Fuel Source?

Could sorghum become a significant alternative fuel source? That's what faculty from Salisbury University's Richard A. Henson School of Science and Technology, with Solar Fruits Bio Fuels, LLC, are hoping to find out during a series of trials this fall.

College Presidents Flock to D.C., Urge Senate to Pass Clean Energy Bill

130 National institutions highlight need to fund comprehensive education and training via climate legislation.

Iowa Power Fund helps Iowa State establish Wind Energy Manufacturing Laboratory

Iowa State University researchers are working with TPI Composites Inc. and the U.S. Department of Energy's Sandia National Laboratories to study and improve the process used to manufacture wind turbine blades. The researchers' work is supported, in part, by a $2.1 million grant from the Iowa Power Fund.

Venture Capitalist Vinod Khosla To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award in Entrepreneurship and Innovation

Venture capital and entrepreneurship luminary Vinod Khosla will receive the 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award in Entrepreneurship and Innovation from the Lester Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of California, Berkeley's Haas School of Business tomorrow, September 9, 2009.

Protecting the Power Grid Focus of DOE-funded Research

Virginia Tech electrical engineers are advancing technologies that rely on the exchange of synchrophasor data among electric utility companies and other electricity entities. Synchrophasors are high-speed, real-time synchronized measurement devices used to diagnose the health of the electricity grid. With synchrophasor data, electric utilities can use existing power more efficiently and push more power through the grid while reducing power disruptions.

PNNL Awarded $6.8 Million for Marine, River Power Studies

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory will receive more than $6.8 million total over three years to advance the production of renewable power from the movement of oceans and rivers. PNNL will also lead a study looking at the environmental impacts of hydrokinetic and marine energy, which includes tidal and wave power.

Plankton Power and RTDC Announce Proposed Algae-to-Biofuels Pilot Facility on Cape Cod

A new public-private consortium will produce biofuels from algae. Led by Plankton Power, the consortium includes the Regional Technology Development Corp. of Cape Cod, Mass. Nat'l Guard, Woods Hole Oceanographic Inst., Marine Biological Laboratory, and Cape Cod Commission and will establish a facility to develop cost-competitive algae biodiesel.

UC San Diego Installs High-Efficiency Sun-Tracking Solar Panels

The University of California, San Diego has begun producing electricity with newly installed solar panels made by Concentrix Solar that automatically track the sun as it crosses the daytime sky and concentrates sunlight onto hundreds of electricity-producing solar cells, each smaller than a shirt button.

Tennessee Tech University Receives More than Quarter Million Dollars for Wind Power Research

Wind power received a gust of support as the U.S. Department of Energy announced funding for 28 new wind energy projects, including an award to Tennessee Tech University for more than a quarter million dollars.

Smart Grid System to Lower Costs, Reduce Waste

Drexel University will deploy a smart grid system to provide real-time measurements of the University's power usage and allow excess power to be sold back to the regional grid.

Northeastern Announces New Professional Master's in Energy Systems

Northeastern's new cutting-edge program in energy systems bridges the divide between new technological developments and business solutions.

FSU Research Group Wins $1 Million Grant to Study Nuclear Fuels

A Florida State University researcher has received a $1 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for a study that could lead to the design of better nuclear fuels and safer and more efficient reactors to generate nuclear power.

Get a First Glimpse of the New University of Michigan Solar Car

The University of Michigan's reigning North American Solar Challenge champions will soon unveil their solar car that will compete in an 1,800-mile race across Australia this fall.

Locke, Chu Announce Significant Steps in Smart Grid Development

Commerce Secretary Locke and Energy Secretary Chu have announced the first set of NIST-recognized standards needed for interoperability and security of a planned nationwide "smart" electric power grid""a system that would allow electricity users to connect directly with power suppliers via real-time, two-way communication technologies.

QD Tech Wins UMass Amherst's Innovation Challenge Grand Prize

QD Tech has won the $35,000 grand prize in the University of Massachusetts Amherst's Innovation Challenge Final Business Plan Competition. The winning team plans to produce quantum-dot"based materials designed to improve solar cells.

U.Va. to Lead New $11 Million Center to Make Methane Economically Feasible Fuel

A new center to develop technologies for converting methane gas and other hydrocarbon and fossil resources into readily transportable and higher-value liquid fuels is being established at the University of Virginia under a new $11 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy.

Regional Partnership to Develop Algal Biofuels Gets Backing of San Diego Leaders

San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders today joined UC San Diego Chancellor Marye Anne Fox, local scientists and industry leaders to announce their support for a regional partnership designed to develop innovative ways to turn algae into biofuels.