Ecology, Energy, Economy

Advances In Hybrid Electric

An advancement in hybrid electric vehicle technology is providing powerful benefits beyond transportation.
Researchers at DOE’s’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have designed, fabricated and demonstrated a PHEV traction drive power electronics system that provides significant mobile power generation and vehicle-to-grid support capabilities.
“The new technology eliminates the separate charging mechanism typically used in PHEVs, reducing both cost [...]

$1.4 Billion in Loan Guarantees to BrightSource Energy

DOE announced on February 22 its conditional commitments for more than $1.37 billion in loan guarantees to BrightSource Energy, Inc. in support of the construction and start-up of three utility-scale concentrated solar power plants (CSP) in the Mojave Desert of southeastern California. The loan guarantee is funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and [...]

Too Dependent On Electricity

Inspired by my friend and colleague’s blog post, Snowed Under in our Green House, I decided to focus this blog on the main event of the larger Washington metropolitan area this week—the massive snowstorms and blizzards. Due to the inclement weather, the area was virtually paralyzed for days. Many schools systems, businesses, and government agencies [...]

Power Sources: Improved Batteries

The US government is trying to improve using batteries as a power source. One of the driving forces is to secure energy for the military. Sandia National Laboratories is spearheading the project.
Executive Summary
Our objective is to be a preferred source for power sources, electrochemistry expertise, testing, and storage systems integration for government and [...]

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