Developing the technology and manufacturing to reach the Long Duration Storage Shot cost targets will also establish a new, U.S.-based energy storage related products manufacturing industry, increase local control of the power system and build resilience for communities, including by minimizing power grid disruptions.
The Long Duration Storage Shot will consider all types of technologies -- whether electrochemical, mechanical, thermal, chemical carriers, or any combination that has the potential to meet the necessary duration and cost targets for grid flexibility. Currently, pumped-storage hydropower is the largest source of long duration energy storage on the grid, and lithium ion is the primary source of new energy storage technology deployed on the grid in the United States, providing shorter duration storage capabilities.
ESGC and the Long Duration Shortage Shot are linked with integrated efforts across the DOE's Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Electricity, Fossil Energy and Carbon Management, Science, Nuclear Energy, and Technology Transitions, as well as the Advanced Research Projects Agency (Energy). (Source: US DOE, PR, 14 July, 2021) Contact: DOE
Energy Earthshot Initiative, www.energy.gov/policy/energy-earthshots-initiative
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Residential and commercial buildings account for more than one-third of the climate-altering carbon pollution America releases each year, use about 40 pct of the nation's energy and waste more than $100 billion annually due to energy inefficiency, according to the DOE. To address energy waste and inefficiency the DOE Better Building Initiative "whole-building" solution calls for the following:
Started in 2011, the Better Buildings Initiative has partnered with leaders in the public and private sectors to make the nation's homes, commercial buildings, and industrial plants more energy efficient by accelerating investment upgrades and products and sharing successful best practices.
Better Buildings partners represent more than 30 of the country's Fortune 100 companies, 12 of the top 25 U.S. employers, 12 pct of the U.S. manufacturing energy footprint, and 13 pct of total commercial building space, as well as 17 federal agencies, 8 national laboratories, and more than 80 states and local governments.
(Source: US DOE Building Technologies Office, PR, June, 2021) Contact: US DOE Building Technologies Office, 202-586-9127, email@example.com, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings
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The new manufactured home standards would cover: the building thermal envelope; air sealing; installation of insulation; duct sealing; HVAC; service hot water systems; mechanical ventilation fan efficacy; and heating and cooling equipment sizing.
Energy conservation portions of current manufactured housing regulations have not been adjusted since 1994. Roughly 7 million manufactured homes are in the U.S, Manufactured homes use 70 pct more energy per square foot than traditional "stick-built" homes, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
(Source: US DOE, ACEEE, 14 July, 2021) Contact: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, www2.aceee.org;
International Energy Conservation Code, www.iccsafe.org
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The 2021 BTO Laboratory CRADA Call leveraged the expertise of the DOE national laboratories by funding collaborative projects that involve one or more national laboratories and non-lab partners. The awards will fund projects across six areas of interest.
"We cannot meet clean energy goals without addressing building technology. This investment will accelerate the commercialization of U.S. building technologies and create new, clean energy jobs for Americans in construction, skilled trades, and engineering professions," according to Erika Gupta, Acting Manager of the BTO Emerging Technologies Program.
Download details HERE. (Source: US DOE BTO, PR, 9 July, 2021)
Contact: DOE EERE, BTO Emerging Technologies Program, Erika Gupta, Acting Manager www.energy.gov/eere/office-energy-efficiency-renewable-energy
Of the total funding, the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is providing $36 million for 19 projects and the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) is adding $16.5 million for 12 projects.
Download DOE Hydrogen Energy Earthshot details HERE.
( Source: US Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, PR, 7 July, 2021) Contact: US DOE EERE, www.energy.gov/eere
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"Through Better Buildings, leading organizations across the U.S. are demonstrating their commitment to use energy more efficiently. In partnership with DOE, they are sharing the solutions needed to tackle our climate crisis, create jobs, and build healthy, safe, and thriving communities," according Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm.
Utilizing the US DOE ESPC vehicle, the project will enhance Cannon AFB's mission capabilities and address its energy and sustainability goals. The project designed by Ameresco will provide tangible facility improvements and enable recurring reductions in utility costs, while converting 4 pct of Cannon's electric energy usage to onsite renewable resources.
Planned improvements will include: upgrades to existing transformers; direct digital controls (DDC); HVAC equipment; a 1.9MW ground mount solar photovoltaic (PV) array; and LED lighting retrofits. These upgrades are projected to save Cannon AFB roughly $1.1 million in the first year alone and $33 million over the course of the performance period.
(Source: Ameresco, Website PR, June, 2021).
Contact: Cannon AFB, www.cannon.af.mil;
Ameresco, Leila Dillon, 508-661-2264, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.ameresco.com
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"We're going to look to the ocean to continue to help reduce pollution." -- U.S. Climate Envoy John Kerry, Apr., 2021
"We can decarbonize the sector by using zero-carbon fuels like hydrogen and ammonia, instead of dirty fuel oil, to power transoceanic vessels, but the shipping industry has been slow to make to the switch." -- John Lewis, Clean Air Task Force
In April, U.S. climate envoy John Kerry announced the U.S. will join an international effort to achieve zero emissions by 2050 in the global shipping industry -- which emits 1 billion metric tpy of CO2, according to the Ocean Conservancy.
Roughly 90 pct of world trade is transported by sea and accounts for nearly 3 pct of the world's CO2 emissions. (Source: Ocean Conservancy, Various Media, June, 2021)
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The SBIR/STTR Program helps small businesses conduct R&D for projects with the potential for commercialization. Through a competitive awards-based program, SBIR and STTR enable small businesses to explore their technological potential and provide the incentive to profit from commercialization while stimulating technological progress.
SBIR/STTR-funded projects are one way DOE supports the development of a clean energy workforce and engages all levels of the energy economy to combat the climate crisis.
The BTO-funded projects will focus on modeling, data, and analytics; lighting R&D; energy management for indoor agriculture; healthy, efficient buildings; advanced building technologies; heat exchangers; and thermal energy storage technologies.
Download BTO SBIR/STTR Phase I grant details HERE. (Source: US DOE, EERE, PR, 10 June, 2021) Contact: US DOE, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings; Building Technologies Office, energy.gov/eere/bioenergy/bioenergy-technologies-office
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Since 2011, the Better Buildings Initiative has partnered with public and private sector leaders to make the nation's homes, commercial buildings, and industrial plants more energy efficient by accelerating investment in energy related upgrades,products and sharing best practices. The 2021 Better Buildings Progress Report outlines the progress and collaboration of Better Buildings partners, which represent more than 30 of the country's Fortune 100 companies, 12 of the top 25 U.S. employers, 12 pct of the U.S. manufacturing energy footprint, 13 pct of total commercial building space, as well as 17 federal agencies, eight national laboratories, and more than 80 states and local governments.
DOE also announced launching the Low Carbon Pilot, with more than 50 leading partners, including automakers, food service companies, universities, and local governments, working with DOE to share their experiences, successes, and challenges pursuing low-carbon strategies. The lessons learned help DOE and the broader energy market better understand the dynamics of emissions reduction, energy efficiency, cost savings, and resilience. Find the full list of partners participating in the Low Carbon Pilot HERE
The DOE has also launched the latest iteration of the L-Prize, a $12 million competition to spur the development of next-generation LED lighting by incentivizing the manufacture and installation of LEDs. The first L-Prize, which was awarded 10 years ago to a LED replacement for the 60-watt bulb, helped lay the groundwork for products that now save Americans $14.7 billion per year in avoided energy costs.
the Better Buildings Progress Report includes:
Download DOE Better Buildings Initiative details HERE.
The Roadmap outlines DOE's national goal of tripling the energy efficiency and demand flexibility of the buildings sector by 2030 and defines technology attributes, integration considerations, and barriers to achieving the full potential, adoption and deployment of grid-interactive efficient buildings (GEBs). The report makes 14 recommendations to overcome those barriers in "action steps" that all key industry stakeholders can take to expand the prevalence of grid-interactivity in buildings.
GEBs can remake buildings into a clean and flexible energy resource. By combining smart technologies and distributed energy resources with energy efficient buildings, GEBs can provide comfort and convenience for building occupants, sell services to the power grid, and cut costs and pollution. All buildings, including federal buildings, can benefit from implementing GEB technologies. In fact, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) recently published a complementary blueprint for practical guidance and tools to integrate GEB technologies into federal energy savings performance contracts and has committed to 100 pct renewable energy for all federal buildings by 2025.
A grid-interactive efficient building can offer services that cut costs, eliminate waste, and improve grid operations. For example:
On behalf of the NASEMC, the US DOE Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) and ACEEE jointly analyzed the cost effectiveness and prospective savings persistence of SEM programs across North America, surveying 24 active programs. All programs reported that SEM was cost effective. The total resource cost (TRC) test is by far the most common approach to analyzing program cost effectiveness. However, values are generally non-comparable due to varying inputs and assumptions.
This report finds that effective useful life (EUL) values vary widely; most are not based on primary research, and some include capital measures. Further, SEM programs vary widely in their implementation approaches, and the report's findings provide a rich resource for future program design. The report underscores that SEM's foundational concept of continual improvement challenges traditional cost-effectiveness metrics.
In 2020, Pearl launched its Green Door Web App, an online portal that enables homeowners to manage, maintain, and improve their home's energy-efficient performance. Pearl works with homeowners, contractors, and real estate professionals to set the global standard in high-performing, high-ROI home improvements. Pearl Certification drives demand by showcasing home improvements -- like efficient heating and cooling systems, solar, and smart home devices -- and capturing their value for resale and appraisal.
Pearl is expanding its certification system to include other high-performing home features, like indoor air quality, energy storage and resilience. (Source: Pearl Certification, PR, Website, May, 2021) Contact: Pearl Certification, Cynthia Adams, CEO, (888) 557 5543, www.pearlcertification.com
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To that end, the DOE's national laboratories recently made $8.5 million in funding available to parties interested in advancing building efficiency. According to the DOE, homes and buildings generate more than one-third of the carbon pollution released by the U.S. each year, use about 40 pct of the country's energy, and result in more than $100 billion of waste due to energy inefficiency. (Source: US DOE, PR, 18 May, 2021)
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Ethanol, biodiesel and other products derived from organic material are almost exclusively produced by fermentation processes that create carbon as a by-product, with some processes wasting more than a third of this carbon as CO2 emissions. Accordingly, new pathways is needed for biofuel conversion that reduces carbon waste, prevents the loss of CO2 emissions, and in turn, maximises the amount of renewable fuel a conversion process yields.
The ECOSynBio award winners will work on the following methods to optimise biofuel production:
carbon-optimised fermentation strains that avoid CO2 waste; engineered organisms that can use a mix of different sources of energy and carbon and avoid evolving CO2; biomass-derived sugar or carbon oxide gas fermentation with internal CO2 recycling; cell-free carbon-optimised biocatalytic biomass conversion and/or CO2 use; and cross-cutting carbon-optimided bioconversion methods that have the potential for high-impact emissions reductions, according to the release. (Source: US DOE, May, 2021) Contact: US DOE
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Each awardee will receive up to $250,000 in National Laboratory assistance for experimental or computational projects that leverage innovative capabilities in the areas of bioblendstock fuel property, production, and combustion performance research. The projects will also focus on the impacts of adoption of co-optimized fuel-engine combinations. Each of the awardees has committed to a 20 pct cost share contribution.
Sponsored by the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy's (EERE) Vehicle Technologies and Bioenergy Technologies Offices, Co-Optima partners include ANL, LANL, PNNL, ORNL, Idaho National Laboratory, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and Sandia National Laboratories, as well as more than 20 university and industry partners.
EERE is focused on decarbonizing the transportation sector, the single largest source of domestic greenhouse gas emissions.
The SolarAPP+ enables local governments to shorten the time required to grant a permit from a national average of five business days to zero.
NREL released a US DOE-funded pilot version of the free SolarAPP+ software in 2020. (Source: UL, PR, 5 May., 2021) Contact: UL, Steven Brewster, (847) 664-8425, email@example.com, www.ul.com; NREL,
Wayne Hicks, (303) 275-4051, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.nrel.gov
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To that end, ETIPP will use a community-led and inclusive approach to identify the each community's energy challenges and provide strategic assistance and funding to help communities determine and direct their energy transition. The 11 selected communities include: Sitka, Alaska; Dillingham, Alaska; Eastport, Maine; Honolulu, Hawaii; Islesboro, Maine; Kauai, Hawaii; Nags Head, North Carolina; Ocracoke Island, North Carolina; Ouzinkie, Alaska; Sitka, Alaska; and Wainwright, Alaska.
These projects are funded by the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Energy Transition Initiative, Solar Energy Technologies Office, Water Power Technologies Office, and are supported by the DOE's Office of Electricity. Five regional stakeholder engagement partners will help communities identify and prioritize their energy resilience needs and connect them to experts from DOE's NREL, PNNL, Sandia National Laboratories, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories.
(Source: US DOE, ETIPP, PR, 20 Apr., 2021) Contact: ETIPP, www.energy.gov/eere/energy-transitions-initiative-partnership-project-who-we-are
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The study will focus on integration of the Malta Pumped Heat Energy System (PHES) with a Vistra owned natural gas-fired plant to optimize its environmental and economic performance. The Malta system will convert and store that energy as heat then convert it back to electricity that can be redistributed on demand and can store eletric power for up to 200 hours. (Source: Malta Inc., PR, Website, Apr., 2021)
Contact: Malta Inc., Matt Burke, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.maltainc.com; Vistra, www.vistracorp.com/sustainability; SwRI, Adam Hamilton, Pres., CEO, (210) 684-5111, www.swri.org
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The DOE funding is for projects that could increase access to reliable electricity by improving the country's understanding of perovskite stability. Eventually, the department hopes to enable the domestic production of high-efficiency perovskite devices. (Source: Hunt Perovskite Technologies, PR, Website, Apr., 2021)
Contact: Hunt Perovskite Technologies, Scott Burton, CEO, email@example.com, www.huntperovskite.com; US DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office, www.energy.gov/eere/solar/solar-energy-technologies-office
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The selections announced today include:
DOE established the National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium in 2018 to address research priorities for offshore wind as defined in the National Offshore Wind Strategy, which was developed jointly by DOE and the DOI Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM).
The Consortium is administered by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) with DOE and NYSERDA each providing $20.5 million to fund high-impact research projects that lower the costs of U.S. offshore wind.
Download details HERE
(Source: US DOE, Wind Energy Technology Office, National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium, PR, 29 Mar., 2021) Contact: National Offshore Wind R&D Consortium, www.nationaloffshorewind.org; NYSERDA, Doreen Harris, Acting CEO, (518) 862-1090, www.nyserda.ny.gov
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With this funding opportunity, DOE will partner with industry to address technical and manufacturing challenges that have prevented flow battery systems from achieving cost targets and commercial viability. DOE seeks proposals for collaborative, multi-stage R&D projects that improve manufacturing processes for individual flow battery components and integrate those new or improved components into a prototype system with a mid-sized capacity for grid, industrial, or transportation applications.
Projects selected will: enable cost-effective, scalable manufacturing for mid-sized (i.e., 10-100 kilowatt hour) flow battery systems; test and validate the flow battery system's manufacturability; and strengthen domestic flow battery supply chains by connecting battery manufacturing stakeholders.
Funding will be provided by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Advanced Manufacturing Office. Additionally, DOE's Office of Electricity (OE) will support testing for selected projects at facilities like the $75 million Grid Storage Launchpad at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
The Flow Battery Systems Manufacturing funding opportunity is part of DOE's Energy Storage Grand Challenge to accelerate the development, commercialization, and utilization of next-generation energy storage technologies and sustain American global leadership in energy storage.
DOE anticipates making four to six awards. A minimum cost-share of 20 pct for R&D projects is required. Concept papers are due on April 29, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. ET. Additional details, including application and submission requirements are HERE. (Source: US DOE, PR, 17 Mar., 2021) Contact: DOE Energy Storage Grand Challenge, www.energy.gov/energy-storage-grand-challenge/energy-storage-grand-challenge
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This FOA focuses on the advancement of net-negative carbon emitting technologies that aim to produce hydrogen or other high-value fuels, whether as the sole product or as a co-product. Developing co-gasification technologies is a way to introduce net-negative carbon technologies that can help alleviate concerns about potential feedstock availability and other operational issues. The four projects selected are described below:
The Office of Fossil Energy funds research and development projects to advance fossil energy technologies and further the sustainable use of the Nation's fossil resources. (Source: US DOE, Office of Fossil Energy, PR, 15 Mar., 2021) Contact: National Energy Technology Laboratory, www.netl.doe.gov
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Established by the U.S. Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, BIRD Energy supports research and development that benefits both the U.S. and Israel, with a focus on commercializing sustainable energy technologies, create jobs, and increase energy security.
From 2009 to 2020, BIRD Energy funded 55 projects totaling $42 million. In addition to an estimated $55 million in funding matched by the private sector, BIRD Energy has attracted more than $700 million in venture capital and other follow-on investment to commercialize clean energy technologies.
For this funding offer, the deadline for executive summaries is June 30, 2021 with final proposals due August 13, 2021. (Source: US DOE, BIRD Energy, 15 Mar., 2021) Contact: BIRD Energy, www.birdf.com/bird-energy-call-proposals: US DOE, 202-586-5000, www.doe.gov
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The funding will be distributed through DOE's Industrial Assessment Centers (IACs) -- university-based programs that train students and offer no-cost efficiency improvement recommendations to small and medium-sized manufacturing facilities. To date, the IAC program has provided nearly 20,000 assessments and more than 145,000 recommendations for improvement measures. As a part of this funding opportunity, DOE will also launch a pilot project to expand IAC engagement with under served communities.
Assessments typically identify more than $130,000 in potential annual savings opportunities. (Source: US DOE. PR, Mar., 2021)
Contact: DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Advanced Manufacturing Office, www.energy.gov/eere/amo/advanced-manufacturing-office; . EERE Building Technologies Office, www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/building-technologies-office
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The initiative aims to analyze the overall efficiency and reliability of CO2-free power supply involving the large-scale production and storage of hydrogen and to analyze costs, sizing and other various aspects of integrating the system into an existing power plant and transmission grid.
The Intermountain Power Agency, which owns the Delta plant, last summer picked Black & Veatch Corp. as the chief engineering company to oversee the facility's conversion into an 840-MW combined cycle facility that will run initially on a mix of natural gas and hydrogen, and then ultimately operate on hydrogen alone. The Intermountain plant plans to integrate 30 pct hydrogen fuel at startup in 2025, switching to 100 pct hydrogen by 2045.
"By switching from coal to a mixture of natural gas and hydrogen we can reduce carbon emissions by more than 75 pct", according to Intermountain Power. (Source: Siemens Energy, Power Mag.,1 Mar., 2021) Contact:
Intermountain Power Agency, Dan Eldredge, GM. (801) 938-1333, www.ipautah.com; Siemens Energy AG, www.siemens-energy.com/global/en.html
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The funding will be used to retrofit the City-County Building with triple-paned windows, cost-effective LED lighting and integrated automation control systems. The project will demonstrate whole-building energy savings resulting from integrated HVAC and lighting systems that save 10 pct and 60 pct, respectively, while providing key grid services simultaneously.
The project is expected to total about $1.5 million, with Dane County with the City of Madison contributing approximately $500,000 in matching funds.
The project, which is expected to get underway this spring and continue through 2022,
will also leverage technical expertise from Focus on Energy and MGE, the local energy utility. (Source: City of Madison, PR, 1 Feb., 2021)
Contact: Dane County, Ariana Vruwink, firstname.lastname@example.org; City of Madison, Katie Crawley, 608-335-7071, email@example.com
SPARKZ is presently seeking a location for an R&D and prototyping facility to scale their licensed battery technologies to meet the demands of customers in the mobility and grid sectors, according to the release.
(Source: ORNL/U.S. Dept. of Energy, PR, Feb., 2021)
Contact: ORNL/U.S. Dept. of Energy, www.ornl.gov/partnerships; Sparkz Energy Systems, Sanjiv Malhotra, CEO, www.sparkz.energy
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The GE units will partner with the Oakridge National Lab (ORNL) and the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) on the 25-month, $6.7 million project to develop and demonstrate an integrated additive manufacturing process for novel high-performance blade designs for large rotors.
The project will deliver a full-size blade tip ready to be structurally tested, as well as three blade tips that will be installed on a wind turbine. (Source: General Electric, PR, OE, 5 Feb., 2021) Contact: GE Renewable Energy, www.ge.com/renewableenergy.com; LM Wind Power, www.lmwindpower.com
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The upgrades will include triple-paned windows , LED lighting, HVAC systems and others.
The project is expected to cost about $1.5 million, with Dane County and the City of Madison allocating $500,000 in matching funds. (Source: City of Madison, Dane County Wisc., 1 Feb., 2021) Contact: Dane County Wisc., Joe Parisi, www.countyofdane.com
US DOE Building Technologies Proving Ground -- Public Sector Field Validation Funding Opportunity , www.energy.gov/eere/buildings/events/building-technologies-proving-ground-public-sector-field-validation-applicant
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Funding opportunity announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0002403, Engineering-Scale Testing and Validation of Algae-Based Technologies and Bioproducts, will support the goals of DOE's Carbon Utilization Program. The primary objective of carbon utilization technology development is to lower the near-term cost of carbon capture through the creation of value-added products from the conversion of CO2.
The intent of the FOA is to seek applications that aim to perform engineering-scale testing and validation of algae-based technologies and bioproducts. Technologies that convert CO2 must show a net decrease in CO2 emissions through life cycle analysis, display a potential to generate a marketable product and show that the product displays beneficial aspects when compared to commercially available products produced with existing state-of-the-art technology.
Information on this notice of intent can be found HERE.
The Office of Fossil Energy funds R&D projects to reduce the cost of advanced fossil energy technologies and further the sustainable use of the nation's fossil resources. (Source: DOE Office of Fossil Energy,, PR, 20 Jan., 2021) Contact: DOE Office of Fossil Energy, 202-586-6660, www.energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy; National Energy Technology Laboratory, www.doe.netl.gov
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Since 2001, DOE-FE's Carbon Capture Program has been identifying and advancing technologies with the goal of removing CO2 from point sources such as fossil fuel-based power plants and industrial processes or directly from the atmosphere. The technologies should incur minimum costs and minimum energy penalties.
The Carbon Capture Program aims to develop efficient processes and components utilizing transformational materials to lower the cost of DAC systems. Project researchers should achieve a better understanding of system costs, performance, and other factors to accelerate development of this climate-critical technology. The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) will manage the projects, which will develop lower-cost, scalable technologies for CO2 capture from air and support DOE's Carbon Capture Program. The FOA focuses on two areas of interest:
DOE anticipates selecting up to 8 projects for this FOA. (Source: US DOE Office of Fossil Energy 25 Jan., 2021) Contact: DOE Office of Fossil Energy, 202-586-6660, www.energy.gov/fe/office-fossil-energy
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The RITE project received $6 million US DOE funding and support from New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), as well New York-based private equity capital support.
The company notes it is waiting for an independent performance assessment from the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) tidal testing facility to deploy the technology outside of the US.
Since installation on 22 October, the TriFrame unit has generated an average 1MWh of power per day -- sufficient power power for 500 Manhattan apartments, according to the company. (Source: Verdant Power, Website, PowerTechnology, 4 Dec., 2020) Contact: Verdant Power, Trey Taylor, CMO, www.linkedin.com/company/verdant-power
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The RITE project received $6m in US DOE funding and support from New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), in addition to New York-based private equity capital support. The company is also waiting for an independent performance assessment from the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) tidal testing facility to deploy the technology outside of the US.
According to Verdant Power co-founder and chief marketing officer Trey Taylor: “Given the East River’s depth and tidal current speed of 2.25m/s, the company’s fifth-generation system or ‘commercial standard system’ has been tailored to this site by using five-metre diameter rotors with 35kW nameplate generators -- three to a single TriFrame or 105kW. Since installation on 22 October, the TriFrame has generated an average 1MWh per day or enough power for 500 Manhattan apartments.” (Source: Verdant Power, Website, PowerTechnology, 4 Dec., 2020) Contact: Verdant Power, Trey Taylor, CMO, www.linkedin.com/company/verdant-power
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The research is part of the Hydrogen Materials Advanced Research Consortium (HyMARC), a consortium funded by the US DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (DOE EERE) Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office.
For the chemical reaction that produces hydrogen from liquid carriers, the most effective catalysts are made from precious metals. However, those catalysts are associated with high costs and low abundance and are susceptible to contamination. Other less expensive catalysts, made from more common metals, tend to be less effective and less stable, which limits their activity and their practical deployment into hydrogen production industries. LBNL will hone the strategy of modifying 2D substrates in ways that support tiny metal clusters, to develop even more efficient catalysts. The technique could help optimize the process of extracting hydrogen from liquid chemical carriers.
The research was supported by the DOE Office of Science and EERE's Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office. (Source: LBNL, PR, Website, Green Car Congress, 3 Jan., 2021) Contact: LBNL, Molecular Foundry, Jeff Urban, Inorganic Nanostructures Facility Director, Laurel Kellner, Media, 510-590-8034, LKellner@lbl.gov, www.lbl.gov;
Hydrogen Materials Advanced Research Consortium, www.energy.gov/eere/fuelcells/hymarc-hydrogen-materials-advanced-research-consortium
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The plan calls for the creation of a new reservoir above the lake from which water would be pumped into a rechargeable dam and 2,000 MW hydroelectric generator. The early-stage project is presently being reviewed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) but has yet to apply for environmental impact and other regulatory studies and approvals.
The US DOE has reportedly offered to cover 70 pct of the project's cost. (Source: Power Tech Engineers Inc., PR, Website Dec., 2020) Contact: Power Tech Engineers Inc., Victor Rojas, Pres., 909-595-5314, www.ptei.net
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EPRI is collaborating with nine industry organizations to lead these studies, three of which are major U.S. power generators providing potential host sites for the design assessments.
Not-for-profit EPRI conducts research and development relating to power generation, delivery and use of electricity. EPRI's members represent more than 90 pct of the electricity generated and delivered in the U.S. and international participation extends to 40 countries. (Source: Electric Power Research Institute, PR, 28 Dec., 2020)
Contact: EPRI, Neva Espinoza, VP Energy Supply and Low-Carbon Resources, Tim Leljedal,
(980) 229-5964, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.epri.com
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The selected projects include thermal, chemical, mechanical, and other innovative energy storage technologies integrated with a range of fossil assets -- 16 of which will focus on hydrogen and ammonia, which are key low-carbon energy carriers with the potential to enable long-duration energy storage and decarbonise the industrial and power generation sectors.
Nine projects will focus on thermal energy storage, including mature options such as molten salt that can offer near-term deployment opportunities.
Energy storage technologies will be integrated with a range of fossil assets, including coal power plants, natural gas combined cycles, and combustion turbines. Applications include power generation utilities, petrochemical complexes, microgrids, university campuses, and repowering retired coal power plants. Many of the applications are envisioned to include fuel switching (hydrogen or ammonia) or carbon capture and storage to mitigate carbon emissions and leverage the energy storage technology to increase flexibility, reduce cycling damage, and time-shift energy to enhance grid support and asset utilisation.
Anticipated host sites for the near-term projects will be distributed across at least 11 states and many regulated markets including the California Independent System Operator, Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Southwest Power Pool Inc., Electric Reliability Council of Texas, and New York Independent System Operator.
The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) will manage the projects. (Source: US DOE, World Coal, 28 Dec., 2020)
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The US DOE awarded Siemens Energy a $200,000 grant for the "H2-Orange" research pilot to be launched in March. 2021. The project will include studies on hydrogen production, storage and co-firing with natural gas as well as evaluate multiple forms of hydrogen production, including green hydrogen, which has the potential to store larger quantities of energy more efficiently and for longer durations than lithium-ion battery technology.
Duke Energy has actively evaluated hydrogen as a low- or no-carbon fuel source to help meet its net-zero carbon goal by 2050, as have Siemens Energy and Clemson University as they aim for net-zero carbon by 2030. (Source: Siemens Energy AG,Website PR, Dec., 2020) Contact: Siemens Energy, www.siemens-energy.com; Duke Energy, www.duke-energy.com; Clemson University, 864-656-3311, www.clemson.edu
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The Feedstock Technologies Topic Area will focus on the characterization of MSW streams. Projects will work on understanding MSW variability and informing the steps necessary to produce conversion-ready feedstock. The Advanced Algal Systems Topic Area looks to improve seasonal productivity of algae via a diverse portfolio of strains and improvement approaches. Projects will develop tools to accelerate current and future strain and cultivation improvements.
The application process will include two phases: a concept paper and a full application. Concept papers are due on February 1, 2021, and full applications are due on April 5, 2021.
The battery, which uses no rare metals and is potentially more cost-effective than lithium-ion batteries in large scale, is based on Metal Hydrides and Hydrogen, and has more than twenty times higher energy density than other heat storage.
Under the agreement,
ASU will analyse the TEXEL technology and evaluate its competitiveness to other energy storage technologies in solar and storage peaker plants, microgrids, critical public infrastructure and residential and commercial building applications. (Source: ASU, PR, Website, Nov., 2020)
Contact: Arizona State University, Assoc. Prof. Nathan Johnson, Director of the Laboratory for Energy and Power Solutions , (408) 727-5271, NathanJohnson@asu.edu, www.asu.edu;
TEXEL Energy Storage, Lars Jacobsson, CEO , +46 31 17 00 00
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Heliogen's next-gen CSP technology is capable of producing temperatures above 1000 degrees C.' sCO2 is carbon dioxide in a state between gas and fluid and is two times denser than regular steam. This means sCO2 is far more efficient than other turbines generating energy and can thus lower costs, plant size and footprint as well as water consumption, according to a DoE report released in 2015. (Source: Heligen, PR, Website, Brockville Observer, 20 Nov., 2020) Contact: Heliogen, Bill Gross, CEO, Fatimah Bello, VP, Business Development 626.585.6900, email@example.com, www.heliogen.com
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Proposals should address specific technical challenges and barriers that Co-Optima researchers can address to move new fuels closer to market in conjunction with advanced, high-efficiency engines.
C-Optima focuses on developing new high-performance fuels that, when combined with advanced combustion approaches, can boost engine efficiency and cut emissions.
Download details HERE. (Source: Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, PR, 13 Nov., 2020)
Contact: Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, www.energy.gov/eere
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Along with advancing research in photovoltaics (PV), concentrating solar-thermal power (CSP) and systems integration, the projects in DOE's SETO Fiscal Year 2020 Funding Program include research in artificial intelligence (AI), hybrid plants, and solar with agriculture. The following projects are being funded:
The company will work with the University of Toledo's Photovoltaics Innovation and Commercialization Center, the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), and Project Vision Dynamics Inc. "to complete development of attractive, low-cost, high-efficiency solar window units and solar building facades through manufacturing innovations in CdTe module technology," according to the release. Prof. Michael J. Heben, the managing director of UT's Wright Center for Photovoltaics noted "Previously proposed options for incorporating photovoltaic power into building structures ave not made sense from a manufacturing point of view -- Toledo Solar's approach is entirely novel, and entirely doable, so the University of Toledo is very excited to be part of this effort."
Toledo Solar is the only U.S. manufacturer of CdTe thin film PV for both residential and commercial rooftop markets, according to the company website. (Source: Toledo Solar,PR, Toledo Blabe, 14 Nov., 2020) Contact: Toledo Solar, 567-202-4145, info@Toledo-Solar.com, www.toledosolar-inc.com;
US DOE Solar Energy Technologies Office, www.energy.gov/eere/solar/solar-energy-technologies-office
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More than $10 million in federal funding has been awarded to the project-- the first of its kind in pairing a commercial electricity generator with high-temperature steam electrolysis (HTSE) technology.
A recent analysis under DOE's H2@Scale initiative, led by the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies Office, estimated that hydrogen produced by HTSE at a nuclear plant could be cost competitive in today's market. (Source: Xcel Energy, INL,PR, Chem Engineering, 13 Nov., 2020) Contact: H2@Scale Initiative, www.energy.gov/eere/fuelcells/h2scale; Xcel Energy, www.xcelenergy.com; INL, (866) 495-7440, www.inl.gov
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Since 2007, CEMEX USA cement plants have earned more than 50 ENERGY STAR® Certifications. In addition, dozens of CEMEX USA cement terminals and ready-mix concrete operations have achieved the ENERGY STAR Challenge for Industry. (Source: CEMEX USA, PR, 10 Nov., 2020) Contact: CEMEX USA, Jaime Muguiro, Pres., 713-650-6200, www.cemexusa.com; US DOE, ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov
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GEOSX was developed using advanced new technologies in high-performance computing and applied mathematics and aims to improve the management and safety of geological CO2 repositories. Its computing performance is unmatched to date. The open-source nature of GEOSX aims to ensure a high level of transparency, sharing and community support to pave the way for the large-scale development of Carbon Capture, Utilization and Storage (CCUS) technologies.
GEOSX is the first major outcome of the five-year FC-MAELSTROM research project launched in 2018 by Total, Stanford University School of Earth, Energy and Environmental Sciences, and LLNL. It draws on each partner's 20-plus years of expertise in simulation and high-performance computing research. GEOSX, www.geosx.org. (Source: TOTAL, PR, 10 Nov., 2020)
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The bond proceeds will be used to finance projects such as green building construction, the development and operational maintenance of green buildings and to acquire new, refurbished, or existing buildings that receive LEED, ENERGY STAR® and other industry-leading certifications. Bond proceeds will also be used to fund energy-efficient projects within the company's current portfolio, including operational enhancement and other sustainable maintenance.
(Source: CenterPoint Properties, PR, Mercom, 3 Nov., 2020) Contact: CenterPoint Properties, (630) 586-8000, www. centerpoint.com; LEED,US Green Building Council, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; US DOE, ENERGY STAR, www.energystar.gov
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Every $1 invested in WAP returns $4.50 in benefits, including energy savings and the health and safety of individuals, according to WAP. Under the WAP program, DICSA has weatherized 1,315 homes in Iron County and 2,015 homes in Dickinson County since 1989, at no cost to the home owner. Rental units also are eligible with landlord approval and 25 pct contribution on costs.
Qualifying weatherization and energy efficiency measures include major bypasses, duct sealing/repair/replacement, duct insulation, attic insulation, smart thermostat, knee wall insulation and exterior wall insulation. Reducing electric baseload, such as refrigerator replacement and compact fluorescent lamps, smoke detectors, clothes dryer vents, combustion appliance testing/repair and/or replacement.
Download DOE Weatherization Assistance Program details HERE.
(Source: Dickinson Iron Community Services Agency, Daily News, 30 Oct., 2020) Contact: Dickinson Iron Community Services Agency, 906-774-2256, www.dicsami.org
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