May 18/25, 2009



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Perspective

"The transition from fossil fuels to renewable resources is a long and expensive but an absolutely vital process. We need a long term (30 to 50 years), high-priority program using a substantial part of the GNP and covering the entire scope – from fundamental research to commercial installation strategy – to gradually replace the fossil fuels we use for power generation, transportation and industrial thermal energy."
 
- Jacob Karni, from Special Report


News

RESEARCH - GRID

Feds measuring grid for renewables

May 15, 2009
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has launched a study to look at the effect of renewable energy sources on the grid. [more]

RESEARCH - SOLAR CELLS

Microbe makes most of light

May 14, 2009
Study the light-harvesting components of light-starved bacteria and you've got a model for super-efficient solar cells. [more]

FUNDING

DOE looks to create "innovation hubs"

May 8, 2009
The Department of Energy's 2010 budget request includes $280 million to set up eight Energy Innovation Hubs aimed at supporting cross-disciplinary research that tackles barriers to transforming the country's energy systems. [more]

RESEARCH - BIOFUELS

Growing electricity beats growing fuel

May 7, 2009
If we're going to power our vehicles with energy from crops, a lifecycle study shows we're better off turning plants into electricity rather than liquid fuel, at least as far as efficiency and climate are concerned. [more]

FUNDING - BIOFUELS

DOE slots $110m for biofuels research

May 5, 2009
The Department of Energy today announced $110 million in Recovery Act funding for advanced biofuels research. [more]

FUNDING - BIOFUELS

NSF funds cellulose study

May 5, 2009
The National Science Foundation has funded a project to study the molecular structure of cellulose in order to develop efficient ways of converting cellulosic biomass to ethanol. [more]


Features

Q&As


Special Report
Energy in transition: researchers talk about Obama and our future

The return of science, the enormous task, the Apollo-like effort required, and ideas for remaking the nation's energy infrastructure.

Eric on Energy

May 18, 2009

Waste knot

Spent fuel from nuclear reactors is a thorn in the side of those pulling for a nuclear energy renaissance. Radioactive waste just keeps piling up at nuclear power plants across the country, and there’s no consensus on what to do about it. [more]

Features

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Special Report
Energy in transition: researchers talk about Obama and our future

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House Dems settle on 15% renewable energy target

Earth2Tech
FAQ: Energy Storage for the Smart Grid

Wired
Better Place Unveils An Electric Car Battery Swap Station

Green Car Congress
New Two-Speed Electric Vehicle Transmission For Improved Performance, Range and Battery Life

Environmental Building News
The Folly of Building-Integrated Wind

New York Times
U.S. Drops Research Into Fuel Cells for Cars

Green Car Congress
Mascoma Achieves Set of Research Advances with Cellulosic Biofuels

Wired
The Grid, Our Cars and the Net: One Idea to Link Them All

Technology Review
Ink-Jet Printing for Cheaper Solar Cells

Greentech Media
Open Pond vs. Closed Bioreactors

Wired
Biofuel Makers Try to Settle ‘Cars vs. Cows’ Debate

New Scientist
Sea 'snake' generates electricity with every wave

Green Car Congress
Genifuel Licenses High-yield Algae-to-Natural Gas Process from PNNL

Wired
Plug-In Hybrids: More Hype Than Hope?

Greentech Media
The Latest Players in Smart Grid: Radio Stations

Keith Johnson, Wall Street Journal
Cash-for-Clunkers: Lower Your Expectations

New York Times
Rules to Limit Emissions in the Making of Ethanol

Wall Street Journal
Peak Oil: Global Oil Production’s Peaked, Analyst Says

Greentech Media
Google Looks Beyond Smart Meters for Home Energy Data

Cnet
Skyline Solar unwraps low-cost concentrator

Technology Review
Turning Natural Gas Green

Earth2Tech
Triple Word Score: Recycle Carbon From Ethanol Plant, Grow Algae

Green Car Congress
31st Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals; Some New Approaches for Producing Butanol

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