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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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? 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.
130 National institutions highlight need to fund comprehensive education and training via climate legislation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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's new cutting-edge program in energy systems bridges the divide between new technological developments and business solutions.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.