Nanotechnology Now

Our NanoNews Digest Sponsors

Heifer International

Wikipedia Affiliate Button

Home > Press > US Energy New Funding Boosts Carbon Capture, Solar Energy and High Gas Mileage Cars and Trucks

Abstract:
$300 million infusion reflects Obama Administration's broad, aggressive research and development strategy

US Energy New Funding Boosts Carbon Capture, Solar Energy and High Gas Mileage Cars and Trucks

Washington, DC | Posted on June 12th, 2009

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced more than $300 million worth of investments that will boost a range of clean energy technologies - including carbon capture from coal, solar power, and high efficiency cars and trucks. The move reflects the Obama Administration's commitment to a broad based strategy that will create millions of jobs while transforming the way we use and produce energy.

"There's enormous potential for new jobs and reduced carbon pollution just by implementing existing technologies like energy efficiency and wind energy, but we also need to develop transformative new solutions," said Secretary Chu. "As a scientist, I remain optimistic that these breakthroughs are within our reach, and investments like these are an important part of achieving them."

Today's actions include:

High Efficiency Vehicles

Secretary Chu announced today an investment of up to $240 million for the development of high efficiency commercial and passenger vehicles. The funding includes approximately $110 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, combined with DOE annual appropriations. The funding solicitations are divided into two areas: system level technology development, integration, and demonstration for efficient Class 8 trucks; and advanced technology powertrains for light-duty vehicles. Class 8 trucks are defined as heavy-duty commercial trucks weighing over 33,000 pounds.

The goal of the first area is to increase vehicle freight efficiency by a total of 50% for heavy-duty Class 8 trucks. The projects receiving funding will focus on improving the efficiency of advanced engine technologies and vehicle system technologies, for instance by limiting aerodynamic drag, reducing vehicle weight, and drivetrain hybridization, which uses two types of energy converters rather than just one.

Under the second program area, projects will work to advance the research and development of efficient engine and powertrain systems for passenger vehicles. For gasoline-fueled vehicles, these cost-competitive components will achieve at least a 25 percent fuel economy improvement compared to 2009 reference vehicles, while diesel-fueled vehicles will be able to attain at least a 40 percent improvement.

The complete FOA (number DE-FOA-0000079), can be viewed at www.grants.gov

Solar Energy

Secretary Chu announced the selection of 24 new solar projects to advance photovoltaic (PV) technology research, development, and design - helping to lower the cost of PV generation. The competitively-selected projects will be eligible for up to $22 million from the President's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and will be matched by more than $50 million in cost shared funding from private partners.

The new projects range from development of automated assembly processes to semiconductor fabrication. They target manufacturing and product cost reduction with the potential to have a near-term impact on a substantial segment of the PV industry.

In addition, Secretary Chu announced today plans to invest up to $27 million to develop the nation's solar installation training infrastructure. DOE will fund this effort using $5 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act as well as $22 million in annual appropriations.

This action by DOE, underscoring the Administration's commitment to creating green jobs, ensures that a trained solar workforce is ready to support significant growth in renewable power generation - including installers, engineers, salespeople, and other workers entering the solar photovoltaic, solar heating, and solar cooling industries.

The funding opportunity includes two types of recipients:

* A single national organization that will facilitate the development and distribution of model training curricula, best practices in training, and information on solar career pathways.
* A select number of regional training providers that will offer solar instructors advanced courses on solar technologies, instructional design, and course development.

Carbon Capture and Storage

As part of the Administration's commitment to develop technologies to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, Secretary Chu announced $11.3 million for nine projects that will develop pre-combustion carbon capture technologies that can reduce CO2 emissions in future coal-based integrated gasification combined cycle (IGCC) power plants.

Today's funding opportunity announcement, "Pre-Combustion Carbon Capture Technologies for Coal-Based Gasification Plants" is from the FY2009 Budget.

Pre-combustion processes convert fuel into a gaseous mixture of hydrogen and CO2. The CO2 is then separated and the hydrogen can be burned without producing any CO2 in the exhaust gas. Compared with post-combustion processes, the pressure and concentration of CO2 in precombustion processes is relatively high offering the potential to apply novel CO2 capture technologies such as membranes, solvents and sorbents.

Today's announcement is a direct investment in CCS-related infrastructure among electric power and industrial facilities, academic institutions, and other organizations operating across the United States. The nine selected projects encompass three areas: high-temperature, high-pressure membranes; high-efficiency solvents; and solid sorbents.

####

For more information, please click here

Contacts:
(202) 586-4940

Copyright © U.S. Department of Energy

If you have a comment, please Contact us.

Issuers of news releases, not 7th Wave, Inc. or Nanotechnology Now, are solely responsible for the accuracy of the content.

Bookmark:
Delicious Digg Newsvine Google Yahoo Reddit Magnoliacom Furl Facebook

Related News Press

News and information

Heating quantum matter: A novel view on topology: Physicists demonstrate how heating up a quantum system can be used as a universal probe for exotic states of matter August 22nd, 2017

A Tougher Tooth: A new dental restoration composite developed by UCSB scientists proves more durable than the conventional material August 22nd, 2017

Nagoya physicists resolve long-standing mystery of structure-less transition: Nagoya University-led team of physicists use a synchrotron radiation X-ray source to probe a so-called 'structure-less' transition and develop a new understanding of molecular conductors August 21st, 2017

Tokai University research: Nanomaterial wrap for improved tissue imaging August 21st, 2017

Govt.-Legislation/Regulation/Funding/Policy

Nagoya physicists resolve long-standing mystery of structure-less transition: Nagoya University-led team of physicists use a synchrotron radiation X-ray source to probe a so-called 'structure-less' transition and develop a new understanding of molecular conductors August 21st, 2017

Researchers printed graphene-like materials with inkjet August 17th, 2017

Freeze-dried foam soaks up carbon dioxide: Rice University scientists lead effort to make novel 3-D material August 16th, 2017

2-faced 2-D material is a first at Rice: Rice University materials scientists create flat sandwich of sulfur, molybdenum and selenium August 14th, 2017

Announcements

Heating quantum matter: A novel view on topology: Physicists demonstrate how heating up a quantum system can be used as a universal probe for exotic states of matter August 22nd, 2017

A Tougher Tooth: A new dental restoration composite developed by UCSB scientists proves more durable than the conventional material August 22nd, 2017

Nagoya physicists resolve long-standing mystery of structure-less transition: Nagoya University-led team of physicists use a synchrotron radiation X-ray source to probe a so-called 'structure-less' transition and develop a new understanding of molecular conductors August 21st, 2017

Tokai University research: Nanomaterial wrap for improved tissue imaging August 21st, 2017

Environment

Freeze-dried foam soaks up carbon dioxide: Rice University scientists lead effort to make novel 3-D material August 16th, 2017

Two Scientists Receive Grants to Develop New Materials: Chad Mirkin and Monica Olvera de la Cruz recognized by Sherman Fairchild Foundation August 16th, 2017

New approach on research and design for CQD catalysts in World Scientific NANO August 2nd, 2017

Magnetized viruses attack harmful bacteria: Rice, China team uses phage-enhanced nanoparticles to kill bacteria that foul water treatment systems August 2nd, 2017

Energy

The power of perovskite: OIST researchers improve perovskite-based technology in the entire energy cycle, from solar cells harnessing power to LED diodes to light the screens of future electronic devices and other lighting applications August 18th, 2017

Freeze-dried foam soaks up carbon dioxide: Rice University scientists lead effort to make novel 3-D material August 16th, 2017

Two Scientists Receive Grants to Develop New Materials: Chad Mirkin and Monica Olvera de la Cruz recognized by Sherman Fairchild Foundation August 16th, 2017

Fewer defects from a 2-D approach August 15th, 2017

Solar/Photovoltaic

The power of perovskite: OIST researchers improve perovskite-based technology in the entire energy cycle, from solar cells harnessing power to LED diodes to light the screens of future electronic devices and other lighting applications August 18th, 2017

Fewer defects from a 2-D approach August 15th, 2017

Controlled manipulation: Scientists at FAU are investigating the properties of hybrid systems consisting of carbon nanostructures and a dye August 8th, 2017

Simultaneous Design and Nanomanufacturing Speeds Up Fabrication: Method enhances broadband light absorption in solar cells August 5th, 2017

NanoNews-Digest
The latest news from around the world, FREE



  Premium Products
NanoNews-Custom
Only the news you want to read!
 Learn More
NanoTech-Transfer
University Technology Transfer & Patents
 Learn More
NanoStrategies
Full-service, expert consulting
 Learn More











ASP
Nanotechnology Now Featured Books




NNN

The Hunger Project