Researchers from the United States Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have released a report that could help optimize the way electric vehicles (EVs) and hybrids connect to the electric utility grids that power them.
According to a new report by Ernst & Young, U.S. venture capital (VC) investments in cleantech rose by 73 percent, to $1.1 billion, in the third quarter of 2011, in spite of a global slowdown in investment in most other business venues -- with the notable exception of Internet ventures and health care.
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 U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), under Energy Secretary Steven Chu, recently announced the awarding of more than $145 million to 69 projects in 49 states aimed at increasing efficiency, bringing down costs and shaping the future of solar energy technologies. This is in addition to the $170 million awarded in April.
In order to support recent fuel efficiency standards mandated by President Barack Obama, the United States Department of Energy (DOE) has committed $175 million to accelerate the development and deployment of advanced vehicle technologies.
The Energy Star program, a joint undertaking between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, is designed to identify those appliances, building products, electronics, heating and cooling devices, lighting and fans, and water heaters which use the least amount of energy (and/or water or other nonrenewable resources), and use it most efficiently.