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ORNL Process Sustainable Fuel Viability Studied (Ind. Report, R&D)
Vertimass,ORNL
Date: 2019-12-02
A technology developed at the U.S. DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) and scaled up by Irvine, California-based Vertimass LLC to convert ethanol into fuels suitable for aviation, shipping and other heavy-duty applications can be price-competitive with conventional fuels while retaining the sustainability benefits of bio-based ethanol, according to a new analysis.

ORNL worked with technology licensee Vertimass and researchers at 10 other institutions on a technoeconomic and a life cycle sustainability analysis of the process -- single-step catalytic conversion of ethanol into hydrocarbon blendstocks that can be added to jet, diesel, or gasoline fuels to lower their greenhouse gas emissions. This new technology is called Consolidated Dehydration and Oligomerization (CADO).CADO.

The analysis, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, showed that this single-step process for converting wet ethanol vapor could produce blend-stocks at $2/gigajoule (GJ) today and $1.44/GJ in the future as the process is refined, including operating and annualized capital costs. Thus, the blend-stock would be competitive with conventional jet fuel produced from oil at historically high prices of about $100/barrel. At $60/barrel oil, the use of existing renewable fuel incentives result in price parity, the analysis found.

The conversion makes use of a type of catalyst called a zeolite, which directly produces longer hydrocarbon chains from the original alcohol, in this case ethanol, replacing a traditional multi-step process with one that uses less energy and is highly efficient. The conversion operation could be integrated into new biofuels plants or installed as bolt-on technology to existing ethanol plants with minimal new capital investment, the researchers noted.

The project was supported by the Center for Bioenergy Innovation at ORNL, which in turn is supported by the DOE Office of Science. Scale-up R&D were supported in part by the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and by Vertimass. (Source: ORNL, PR, NewsWise, Nov., 2019) Contact: US DOE Office of Science, www.energy.gov/science; DOE Center for Bioenergy Innovation (CBI) at ORNL , Brian Davison, Chief Science Officer, Vertimass LLC, John Hannon, CEO, www.vertimass.com; DOE EERE Bioenergy Technologies Office, www.energy.gov › eere › bioenergy

More Low-Carbon Energy News ORNL,  Biofuel,  Ethanol,  Vertimass,  


DOE Offers $4Mn for High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (R&D, Funding)
US DOE EERE,
Date: 2019-11-08
The US DOE reports the availability of the High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) Initiative with up to $4 million funding for new projects to support manufacturers in improving energy efficiency, increasing productivity, and accelerating manufacturing innovation.

HPC4EI is seeking industry partners to work collaboratively with DOE's National Laboratories on projects that use high performance computing (HPC) to solve key technical challenges in the areas of manufacturing and mobility:

  • HPC for Manufacturing. High performance computing for manufacturing aims to advance innovative clean energy technologies, reduce energy and resource consumption, and infuse advanced computing expertise and technology into the manufacturing industry. The program seeks proposals that require HPC modeling and simulation to overcome impactful manufacturing process challenges resulting in reduced energy consumption and/or increased productivity.

  • HPC for Materials. High performance computing for materials aims to enhance the U.S. materials-development, fabrication, and manufacturing industries; and to investigate, improve, and scale methods that will accelerate the development and deployment of materials that perform well in severe and complex energy application environments. The program seeks proposals that will address key challenges in developing, modifying, and/or qualifying new or modified materials using HPC modeling, simulation, and data analysis. Eligibility for HPC4EI is limited to entities that manufacture products or operate systems in the United States. Selected projects will be awarded up to $300,000 to support computer cycles and work performed by the National Laboratory partners.

    Qualifying industry partner must contribute at least 20 pct of the funding for the project. Partners that have been previously funded under HPC4EI must provide at least 33.3 pct of the funding for the project.

    Since its inception in 2015, HPC4EI has funded 90 projects with more than 40 companies. (Source: US DOE EERE, PR, Green Car Congress, 5 Nov., 2019) Contact: US DOE EERE, www.energy.gov/eere

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE EERE,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • Vertimass Aviation Biofuel R&D Funded (R&D, Funding Report)
    Vertimass
    Date: 2019-11-08
    Irvine, California-based Vertimass LLC is reporting receipt of a cost-shared award of up to $1.4 million from the US DOE EERE Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) to optimize and commercialize jet biofuel production compatible with the current jet fuel infrastructure.

    Existing US ethanol production plants currently have the capacity to produce approximately 16 billion gpy, a level that saturates current use as 10 pct blends with gasoline. However, the new Vertimass catalyst breaks that barrier by producing a hydrocarbon that can be blended at much higher levels. In addition, while ethanol has been traditionally considered too low in energy density for use as a jet fuel, the Vertimass catalyst can overcome that issue.

    Initial tests indicate the Vertimass fuels (Vertifuels) are compatible for blending with gasoline, diesel, and jet fuels with no engine modifications, but further tests are underway for ASTM certification.

    Vertimass is working with the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI), Sandia National Laboratory (SNL), TechnipFMC, and the University of California, Riverside (UCR). (Source: Vertimass LLC, EngineerLive, 7 Nov., 2019) Contact: Vertimass LLC, John Hannon, CEO, www.vertimass.com; DOE EERE Bioenergy Technologies Office, www.energy.gov › eere › bioenergy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE EERE Bioenergy Technologies Office,  Vertimass,  Jet Biofuel,  Aviation Biofuel,  Biofuel,  


    DOE Issues 2019 Concentrated Solar Power R&D Awards (Ind. Report)
    DOE EERE
    Date: 2019-11-08
    The U.S. DOE is reporting the funding selections for $128 million in new projects to advance solar technologies. Through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (DOE EERE) Solar Energy Technologies Office, DOE will fund 75 innovative research projects that will lower solar electricity costs while working to boost solar manufacturing, reduce red tape, and make solar systems more resilient to cyber attacks. Selections are in the following areas:
  • Photovoltaics Research and Development -- $23.6 million for 21 projects;

  • Concentrating Solar Power Research and Development -- $30 million for 13 research projects;

  • Balance of Systems Soft Cost Reduction -- $17.6 million for 19 research projects;

  • Innovations in Manufacturing: Hardware Incubator -- $6.8 million for 7 research projects;

  • Advanced Solar Systems Integration Technologies -- $50 million for 15 research projects.

    Recipients list and other details are HERE.(Source: US DOE EERE, PR, reve, Nov., 2019) Contact: US DOE EERE, www.energy.gov/eere

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE EERE,  DOE EERE,  Solar,  Concentrated Solarr,  


  • US DOE Awards $73Mn for Bioenergy, Biofuel R&D Projects (Funding)
    US DOE EERE
    Date: 2019-10-04
    The U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) this week announced $73 million in R&D funding for 35 bioenergy projects aimed at producing affordable biofuels including renewable-gasoline, -diesel, and -jet fuels that are compatible with existing fueling infrastructure and vehicles.

    According to the DOE, the US has the potential to create 1 billion dry tonnes of non-food biomass without disrupting existing agricultural markets. It is an underutilized resource with the potential to produce up to 50 billion gallons of biofuels -- roughly 25 pct of U.S. transportation fuels. (Source: US DOE, DEI, 3 Oct., 2019) Contact: US DOE EERE, www.energy.gov/eere

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Bioenergy,  DOE EERE,  Biofuel,  


    ICAST Completes Multifamily Housing Efficiency Retrofits (Ind. Report)
    International Center for Sustainable Technology
    Date: 2019-09-30
    The Lakewood, Colorado-based not-for-profit International Center for Sustainable Technology (ICAST) is reporting completion of energy-efficiency upgrades to nearly 1,000 multifamily buildings, for a reported savings of 7.4 million kWh, 850,000 therms, and nearly $2 million in utility cost savings.

    The 3 year work contract , which was funded by the U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) Building Technologies Office (BTO), was intended to spur the growth of energy efficiency in the small and medium commercial building sector -- less than 100,000 square feet in gross floor area -- but accounts for over half of the energy used in the commercial sector, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration's Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey.

    At the start of the project, ICAST operated in two states, improving energy in about 100 multifamily buildings per year. ICAST has eight affiliates providing energy-efficiency services to the multifamily sector in four states and seven cities. (Source: US DOE EERE, ICAST, PR, 30 Sept., 2019) Contact: US DOE EERE, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/zero-energy-ready-home; ICAST, 866.590.4377, info@icastusa.org, www.icastusa.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE EERE,  International Center for Sustainable Technology,  Energy Efficiency,  


    US DOE Promoting Zero Energy Ready Homes Program (Ind. Report)
    US DOE EERE
    Date: 2019-08-28
    The US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is touting it Zero Energy Ready Homes Program which it claims "offers a superior homeowner experience."

    According to the agency, Zero Energy Ready homes last longer because its requirements combine the best of building science with the latest technologies and systems, innovative building practices, and risk management solutions.

    Every certified Zero Energy Ready Home: breathes better with a comprehensive package of indoor air quality features; provides complete top-to-bottom water protection; incorporate DOE ENERGY STAR products throughout; ensures quality with independent verification, testing, and diagnostics; and delivers $10,000s of utility bill savings over the life of a mortgage, the agency release noted. (Source: US DOE EERE, PR, Aug., 2019) Contact: US DOE EERE, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/zero-energy-ready-homes; ENERGY STAR, energystar.gov/about

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE EERE,  Energy Efficiency,  ENERGY STAR,  


    DOE Announces $40Mn to Advance H2@Scale Projects (Funding)
    US DOE
    Date: 2019-08-16
    Reporting from Washington, the the U.S. DOE has announced approximately $40 million in FY 2019 funding for 29 projects to advance the H2@Scale concept to enable affordable and reliable large-scale hydrogen generation, transport, storage and utilization. Funding will be through the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and a contribution from DOE Office of Nuclear Energy.

    The U.S. produces over 10 million tonnes of hydrogen, nearly one-seventh of the global supply, primarily for oil refining and fertilizer production. Hydrogen infrastructure includes over 1,600 miles of hydrogen pipeline, a growing network of stations, and thousands of tons of storage in underground caverns. The hydrogen can be stored, distributed, and/or used as a fuel for transportation, stationary power, process or building heat, and industrial and manufacturing sectors.(Source: US DOE EERE Fuel Cell Technologies Office , PR, 15 Aug., 2019) Contact: US DOE EERE Fuel Cell Technologies Office, www.energy.gov/eere/fuelcells/fuel-cell-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Hydrogen,  


    DOE Awards $2Mn for Performance Computing Energy Efficiency (Funding)
    DOE EERE
    Date: 2019-07-29
    In Washington, the U.S. DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) reports it has awarded $2 million in funding for seven new high performance computing projects, as part of the High Performance Computing for Energy Innovation (HPC4EI) Initiative.

    The initiative is a DOE-wide effort comprising EERE, the Office of Fossil Energy (FE), the Office of Science, and the National Laboratories. The initiative helps to leverage the National Laboratories' high performance computing capabilities to address challenges in manufacturing and materials through state-of-the-art modeling, simulation, and data analysis. Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) leads the HPC4EI program along with partner laboratories Argonne, Lawrence Berkeley, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest and Sandia National Laboratories, as well as the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and National Energy Technology Laboratory. Funded projects include:

  • NYC-based Ferric, Inc. will partner with LLNL to develop analytical tools that will combine traditional electromagnetic finite-element analysis with micromagnetic simulation.

  • Applied Materials in Sunnyvale, Calif. will continue to work with LLNL on Phase II of developing predictive modeling capabilities for the advanced film deposition technique, High Power Impulse Magnetron Sputtering.

  • Gas Technology Institute in Des Plaines, Ill., Gopher Resource, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) will partner to use high performance computing to increase the productivity of secondary lead furnaces.

  • Kingsport, Tenn.-based Eastman Chemical will collaborate with Argonne National Laboratory on developing open-source software-based models of a gas atomizer based on ongoing work being performed at Eastman.

  • Praxair Surface Technologies Inc. in Indianapolis will work with Ames National Laboratory to enhance the efficiency of metal powder production for additive manufacturing applications.

    Within the High Performance Computing for Materials (HPC4Mtls) Program, EERE's Vehicle Technologies Office has selected two projects:

  • PPG Industries will collaborate with LLNL and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to apply classical molecular dynamics simulations and density functional tight-binding calculations.

  • AK Steel in Middletown, Ohio will collaborate with ORNL on thermo-mechanical forming process development to produce tailored strength automotive structural components. The Office of Fossil Energy selected two additional HPC4Mtls projects to support. Industry partners provide at least 20 pct of the funding for new projects. (Source:DOE EERE, PR, EIN,July, 2019) Contact: US DOE, www.energy.gov/eere/office-energy-efficiency-renewable-energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE EERE,  Energy Efficiency,  


  • ASHRAE, US DOE Ink Cooperation Agreement (Ind. Report)
    US DOE EERE
    Date: 2019-06-12
    ASHRAE -- the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers -- reports the recenting inking of a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the U.S. Dept. of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) formalizing its co-operation with the U.S. government to implement numerous initiatives to improve energy efficiency in buildings. ASHRAE and DOE seek to work cooperatively to:
  • Improve the efficient use of energy, building resiliency and improve building performance;

  • Encourage the continued development of voluntary consensus-based standards related to energy efficiency and encourage the adoption of technologically feasible and economically justified energy efficiency measures in each succeeding version of Standard 90.1 (Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings) by states to ensure energy and cost savings;

  • Provide and encourage the use of clear and consistent information to the building industry about building energy rating and labeling;

  • Work within the building community and related professions to encourage the interoperability of building related software and integrated solutions. (Source: ASHRAE, Website, 28 May, 2019) Contact: ASHRAE, Sheila Hayter, Pres, (404) 636-8400, www.ashrae.org; US DOE, www.energy.gov/eere/office-energy-efficiency-renewable-energy

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE EERE,  ASHRAE,  Energy Eficiency,  


  • DOE Announces $79 Mn Funding for Bioenergy R&D (Funding, R&D)
    US DOE
    Date: 2019-05-06
    In Washington, the US DOE has announced over $79 million in funding for bioenergy R&D including biofuels, bioproducts, and biopower. This funding supports Agency's goal of providing consumers and businesses with a range of domestic energy options that are affordable, reliable, and secure.

    The FOA topics will advance DOE's Bioenergy Technology Office's (BETO) objectives to reduce the price of drop-in biofuels, lower the cost of biopower, and enable high-value products from biomass or waste resources. Topics areas for this funding opportunity include the following:

  • Cultivation Intensification Processes for Algae -- Develop technologies for outdoor algae systems that increase the harvest yield, reliability and quality of algae;

  • Biomass Component Variability and Feedstock Conversion Interface: Research to lower the cost and improve the reliability of biomass handling and preprocessing;

  • Efficient Wood Heaters -- Develop technologies to reduce emissions and increase efficiency of wood heaters for residential heating;

  • Systems Research of Hydrocarbon Biofuel Technologies -- Integrate new technologies and processes in experimental prototype systems to improve and verify real-world performance and lower the cost of drop-in Biofuels;

  • Optimization of Biomass-Derived Jet Fuel Blends -- Identify and develop cost-competitive drop-in renewable jet fuel with improved energy density and lower particulate matter emissions;

  • Renewable Energy from Urban and Suburban Wastes: Support academic research and educational programs that focus on strategies to produce bioenergy and bioproducts from urban and suburban waste feedstocks;

  • Advanced Bioprocessing and Agile BioFoundry -- Reduce the time and cost of developing biological processes for biomanufacturing fuels and products through the use of synthetic biology, low capital intensity methods, and continuous production systems;

  • Plastics in the Circular Carbon Economy -- Develop biobased plastics with improved performance and recyclability and lower the cost and energy-intensity of recycling existing plastics through enhanced degradation;

  • Rethinking Anaerobic Digestion: Develop anaerobic processes or alternative strategies to enhance carbon conversion efficiency and lower costs of smaller scale wet waste systems;

  • Reducing Water, Energy, and Emissions in Bioenergy -- Identify biofuels or bioproducts technologies with the greatest potential for reducing water consumption, energy consumption, and/or emissions relative to existing conventional fuels or products.

    This FOA also supports the Water Security Grand Challenge, a White House initiated, DOE-led framework to advance transformational technology and innovation to meet the global need for safe, secure, and affordable water. In particular, this funding will support R&D focused on anaerobic digestion, a technology that can help achieve the Grand Challenge's goal to double resource recovery from municipal wastewater. (Source: US DOE EERE, 3 May, 2019) Contact: US DOE EERE, www.energy.gov/eere

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE EERE,  Bioenergy,  Biofuel,  Anaerobic Digestion ,  


  • DOE Offering Solar Resiliency R&D Funding (R&D, Funding)
    US DOE
    Date: 2018-10-17
    The U.S. DOE is reporting the availability of as much as $46 million in research funding to improve the resiliency of solar generation and the development of holistic solutions that can provide grid operators with situational awareness and mitigation strategies against cyber and physical threats.

    The funded projects will develop and validate control strategies, real-time system monitoring, communications, and other technologies to make solar power at the bulk power and distribution levels more resilient. Approximately 10 projects ranging from $2 million to $10 million will be funded over three years.

    More funding information can be found HERE. (Source: US DOE EERE, Oct., 2018) Contact: US DOE EERE, www.energy.gov/eere

    More Low-Carbon Energy News US DOE,  Solar,  DOE EERE,  


    $34.5Mn Funding Offered for Building Technology R&D (Funding]
    DOE Building Technologies Office
    Date: 2018-05-11
    The U.S. DOE Building Technologies Office (BTO) has announced up to $34.5 million in two funding opportunities -- the Buildings Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) 2018 and Solid-state Lighting (SSL) Research.

    BENEFIT 2018 will fund up to $19.5 million for 15 to 25 cost-shared projects focused on early-stage R&D to enable the development of new technologies to improve energy efficiency, reduce the energy costs in buildings, and facilitate interaction with the electricity grid.

    Specifically, this BTO funding opportunity is interested in:

  • advanced separation technologies for building energy efficiency;
  • advanced building materials;
  • high-performance windows; novel approaches for cyber-physical systems in buildings;
  • integration research of advanced commercial energy efficiency packages; and
  • advancements in natural gas and other fuel-driven equipment.

    Seterately, SSL Research will fund up to $15 million for ten to 15 cost-shared projects to conduct early-stage R&D in SSL technology. The funding will accelerate development of high-quality light-emitting diode (LED) and organic light-emitting diode (OLED) products with the purpose of reducing lighting energy use. Under this funding opportunity, BTO is interested in four topic areas:

  • core technology research for LEDs, OLEDs, and cross-cutting lighting research;
  • proof-of-concept and prototype development for LEDs and OLEDs;
  • advanced fabrication R&D;
  • innovative lighting in a limited mock field application.

    Concept papers for BENEFIT 2018 are due June 8, with full applications due August 23. Applications for SSL are due June 18. (Source: US DOE EERE, Construction Specifier, May, 2018) Contact: US DOE BTO, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/building-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  DOE Building Technologies Office,  


  • Trump's Draft Budget Rips Renewable Energy Funding (Reg & Leg)
    DOE EERE,ENERGY Star
    Date: 2018-02-14
    "President Trump's draft budget released today proposes to slash funding for the Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) program by $1.3 billion, a 65 pct cut from the 2017 budget. Trump's budget serves as a starting point for congressional negotiations as well as a blueprint for the administration's priorities.

    "Trump's steep cuts are a really ugly assault on clean energy. This is a counterproductive move that will threaten our climate, good jobs and economic progress, said Greer Ryan, renewable energy and research specialist at the Center for Biological Diversity. 'While the proposal is unlikely to make it through Congress, it's another clear signal that Trump will do anything to prop up dirty coal and nuclear power.'

    "The EERE program, which includes programs to increase the generation of electricity from clean energy sources and improve the efficiency of homes, businesses and industries, has been widely successful. A third-party analysis found that $12 billion in funding yielded an estimated $230 billion in net economic benefit to the U.S.

    "The administration also proposed to eliminate funding for the popular Energy Star program as part of cuts to the EPA. The budget proposes that the program's administrative costs be covered by user fees, which companies would have to pay to use the label."

    The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.6 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places. (Source: Center for Biological Diversity, PR, 12 Feb., 2018) Contact: Center for Biological Diversity, Greer Ryan, (812) 345-8571, gryan@biologicaldiversity.org, www.biologicaldiversity.org

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  Energy Efficiency,  DOE EERE,  ENERGY Star,  


    Navy to Test Irish Wave Ocean Energy Technology (Ind. Report)
    Ocean Energy,Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
    Date: 2018-02-02
    In Ireland, County Cork-headquartered wave energy technology developer Ocean Energy reports it has sealed a €5.25 million deal with the US Navy to test its OE Bouy wave energy converter at the Navy's Wave Energy Test Site in Hawaii. The test unit will be built by Oregon-based marine-fabrication company Vigor, and deployed at a test site on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu this autumn.

    The project is being partially funded by US Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI). (Source: Ocean Energy, newstalk.com, 31 Jan., 2018) Contact: Ocean Energy, John McCarthy, CEO, +353 (0)21-4816780, info@oceanenergy.ie, www.oceanenergy.ie; Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, +353 1 808 2100, www.seai.ie; US DOE EERE, energy.gov/eere

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE EERE,  Wave Energy,  Ocean Energy,  ,  


    LLNL Funded Biofuel-Producing Algae R&D (Funding, R&D)
    General Automation Lab Technologies,Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
    Date: 2018-02-02
    The US DOE reports it has awarded Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) a three-year, $1.5 million grant to improve the growth and efficiency of biofuel-producing algae through the alteration of their microbiomes. LLNL will collaborate with San Francisco-based startup General Automation Lab Technologies (GALT) whose novel technology will help the researchers to better understand how algae grow and function in different microbial conditions. This is essential to being able to increase algal production for alternative fuels.

    The project is being funded by Funded by the DOE Department of Energy Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE). BETO works with industry, academia and national laboratory partners on a balanced portfolio of research in algal biofuels technologies. (Source: US DOE, LLNL. Feb., 2018) Contact: LLNL, Xavier Mayali, (925) 423-3892, mayali1@llnl.gov; Ty Samo, (925) 423-5837, samo1@llnl.gov, www.llnl.gov; BETO, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office; US DOE EERE, http://energy.gov/eere; General Automation Lab Technologies, (917) 332-7230, www.galt-inc.com

    More Low-Carbon Energy News DOE EERE,  DOE BETO,  General Automation Lab Technologies,  Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory,  Algae,  Algae Biofuel,  Biofuel ,  


    DOE Announces $18.5 Mn for Offshore Wind R&D (Funding)
    DOE EERE
    Date: 2017-12-13
    In the nation's capital, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry has announced $18.5 million in new Department of Energy (DOE) funding for an offshore wind research and development (R&D) consortium that will conduct U.S.-specific research aimed at reducing the cost of offshore wind in the U.S.

    The consortium will be a cooperative private-public innovation hub addressing wind plant technology advancement, resource and physical site characterization, installation, operations and maintenance, supply chain technology solutions, and related relevant offshore wind topics and technologies.

    The DOE intends to select an administrator to coordinate the collaborative R&D activities conducted by the consortium. The consortium will include members of the offshore wind industry who will contribute funds to the consortium and use the research findings to further advance technologies. In addition to the initial $18.5 million funding, $2 million will be allocated to research at DOE's national laboratories to support consortium R&D activities. (Source: US DOE EERE, 12 Dec., 2017) Contact: US DOE EERE, energy.gov/eere/wind

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Offshore Wind,  DOE EERE,  


    DOE BETO Announces Fourth MEGA-BIO Award (Ind. Report)
    DOE BETO,Michigan State University
    Date: 2017-08-04
    The U.S. DOE's Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) has announced it will award a fourth project -- up to $1.8 million -- under the MEGA-BIO: Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels Funding Opportunity. In August 2016, BETO selected three projects for an initial round of funding. The total funding for the four MEGA-BIO awards is $13.1 million.

    Michigan State University was selected to manage the fourth project, which will work in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Madison and MBI International to optimize a two-stage process for deconstruction of biomass into two clean intermediate streams: sugars for the production of hydrocarbon fuels and lignins for the production of multiple value-added chemicals and as a feedstock for renewable bichemicals.

    All four projects are supporting the development of biomass-to-hydrocarbon biofuels conversion pathways that can produce variable amounts of fuels and/or products based on external factors, such as market demand. Producing high-value bioproducts alongside cost-competitive biofuels has the potential to support a positive return on investment for a biorefinery through converting biomass to where it is most impactful. Producing value-added coproducts is an approach to achieving DOE's strategic goal of producing hydrocarbon fuels at $3 per gasoline gallon equivalent. (Source: US DOE, 2 Aug., 2017) Contact: BETO, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office; US DOE EERE, http://energy.gov/eere

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biochemical,  BETO,  DOE EERE,  Biochemical,  Biofuel,  


    DOE Announces $3.7Mn High Performance Housing Innovation Funding (Funding)
    US DOE, DOE EERE,
    Date: 2017-07-07
    The U.S. Energy Department has announced up to $3.7 million to study and validate new energy efficiency solutions that will lead to improved home energy efficiency, smarter home operations, and energy cost savings.

    The selected projects will accelerate energy performance improvements in existing and new residential buildings using an integrated building systems approach to achieve peak energy performance. The work will also contribute to achieving the Residential Building Integration program's goals of reducing new home energy consumption by at least 60 pct and existing homes by at least 40 pct, relative to the 2010 average for homes in each U.S. climate zone. Building America project teams will focus on developing and implementing solutions to three interrelated core technical challenges: high-performance building envelope assemblies and systems; optimal comfort systems for heating, cooling, air distribution, and humidity control; and high-performance ventilation systems and indoor air quality strategies.

    Projects selected for funding include:

  • Newport Partners: Development of Laboratory Test Methods for Low-Cost Indoor Air Quality Sensors;
  • Building Envelope Materials: Validation Study of Experimental Insulating and Air-Sealing Technology for Enclosed Roof Cavities;
  • University of Central Florida: Integrated HVAC Control Methods for Supplemental High Efficiency Mini-Split Heat Pumps in Existing Homes;
  • Home Innovation Research Labs Inc.: Advanced HVAC Equipment Design Strategies for Optimal Efficiency and Humidity Control;
  • Rocky Mountain Institute: Experimental Envelope Fabrication Process for Integrated Zero Energy Ready Multifamily Renovations;
  • Pacific Northwest National Laboratory: Baseline Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Field Study in Occupied New U.S. Homes: Cold and Marine Climates; and
  • University of Central Florida: Baseline Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Field Study in Occupied New U.S. Homes: Hot-Humid and Mixed-Humid Climate. (Source: US DOE EERE, July, 2017) Contact: US DOE EERE, http://energy.gov/eere

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  DOE EERE,  ,  


  • DOE Seeks Biomass R&D Advisory Committee Nominees (Ind. Report)
    DOE EERE
    Date: 2017-06-07
    The US is seeking nominees to to fill vacancies on the Biomass Research and Development (R&D) Technical Advisory Committee. The committee meets quarterly to advise DOE and USDA Biomass R&D Initiative on priority technical biomass R&D needs and to make written recommendations to the Biomass R&D Board.

    The next Biomass R&D Technical Advisory Committee meeting, which is open to the public, will take place June 15-16, 2017, in Washington, D.C. and will focus on developing advice and guidance that promotes R&D leading to the production of bio-based fuels and products.

    Stakeholders interested in attending the meeting and/or presenting oral comments should contact Dr. Mark Elless Mark.Elless@EE.Doe.Gov and Roy Tiley rtiley@bcs-hq.com. Additional information is available HERE. (Source: DOE EERE, 5 June, 2017) Contact: DOE EERE, www.energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office

    More Low-Carbon Energy News Biomass,  DOE EERE,  

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