Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
The U.S. Department of Energy, or DOE, has awarded $156 million in funding for cutting-edge energy technology projects running the gamut from innovative plant-based fuels to conversion devices aimed at transferring utility-scale solar energy directly to the grid at much higher voltages than is currently possible.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, or NREL, one of more than a dozen national laboratories vested in renewable energy research under the auspices of the U.S.
Proponents of the metal vanadium believe it will improve the economics of wind and solar power enough to make them cost-competitive with fossil fuels. Batteries using vanadium have the right combination of scaleability, power and discharge/recharge characteristics to store wind and solar power until it can used during peak demands when prices are highest.
In this 2nd part of my three-part interview with GridWise Alliance president Katherine Hamilton, she discusses the challenges facing smart grid deployment, next steps in the smart grid transformation, and why smart grid solutions benefit society.
U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu recently announced an investment of nearly $80 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for advanced biofuels research and fueling infrastructure.
Here's 10 great renewable energy stories hot right now in the blogosphere.
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