University of Hawaii
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.
20 collegiate teams from all over the world will compete in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2011 Solar Decathlon. The teams design, build and operate energy-efficient, solar-powered homes that are attractive and affordable.
Yet another cautionary example that biofuel production is far from being environmentally benign. Amidst the back and forth commentary, for and against their usage, a biofuel crop case study out of Hawaii suggests many introduced plants pose a serious threat to native biodiversity.