Environment

OSU group studies aging of Li-ion batteries

By / November 4, 2010

Ohio State University’s Center for Automotive Research is studying why batteries lose their ability to hold a charge as they age. In collaboration with ORNL and NIST, the group is focusing on lithium-ion batteries, which are hot in the electric car industry. Preliminary results from the ongoing study suggest that external conditions such as temperature…

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Clemson breaks ground on 15-MW wind turbine testing facility

By / November 1, 2010

Dignitaries shovel sand to celebrate the beginning of construction for the new wind turbine drive train testing facility. Left to right: Clemson University Board of Trustees chairman David Wilkins, S.C. Sen. Glenn McConnell, S.C. Rep. Leon Stavrinakis, Clemson President Jim Barker, S.C. Sen. Larry Grooms, U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and U.S. Rep. James Clyburn. (Credit:…

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SRNL energy park plans underway

By / October 26, 2010

Surplus land within the Savannah River National Lab site will be turned into an energy park. The DOE is exploring the potential of energy parks (PDF) as one option for revitalization of its assets at sites such as SRNL. The energy park concept has been under discussion for several years as a way to find…

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Clean Energy Alliance, DOE partner to support commercialization of clean energy technologies

By / October 21, 2010

Nanowerk.com reported that the Clean Energy Alliance, the national association of clean energy business incubators, announced the formation of the Department of Energy Small Business and Clean Energy Alliance Partnership. The announcement was made today at the National Renewable Energy Lab’s 23rd Industry Growth Forum. With the support of a $1.2 million grant of Recovery…

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MIT Energy Initiative receives $25M for research and collaboration

By / October 14, 2010

Gerald Schotman, chief technology officer, Royal Dutch Shell, right, signs the agreement with MIT President Susan Hockfield. (Credit: MIT) MIT announced that Shell and MIT today signed an agreement to invest $25 million in the research and development of high value, sustainable technologies designed to drive innovation in energy delivery. The money will fund the…

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Google invests in windpower “superhighway”

By / October 12, 2010

Last April I reported on a proposal to grid-lock offshore wind farms with underground transmission lines in order to keep wind power supply stable. By connecting wind farms that lie along the Eastern Seaboard, the overall output would stabilize despite vastly different weather conditions along the 1,500 miles of coastal ocean. Back in April there…

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Saint-Gobain to open new PV facility in Korea

By / October 11, 2010

Hyundai Heavy Industries Chairman Min Keh-sik, left, sits with Compagnie de Saint-Gobain SA Chairman Pierre-Andre de Chalendar, center, after HHI and Saint-Gobain agreed to build a new CIGS solar module plant. (Credit: Hyundai Heavy Industries.) Saint-Gobain today announced (PDF) the building of its third high-efficiency photovoltaic panels facility in Korea. Saint-Gobain is partnering up with…

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Berkeley Lab nets stewardship for U.S.–China energy-efficient construction consortium

By / October 8, 2010

Prototype energy-efficient home designed by Michelle Kaufmann, on display at theMuseum of Science and Industry, Chicago. Credit: Kaufmann and Wikipedia Commons. The DOE has announced the details on the third of three U.S.–China Clean Energy Research Centers, a multi-year joint a consortium on energy-efficient building technologies. The agency says that the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will lead…

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Tesla unveils new battery pack

By / October 7, 2010

The battery pack that will make Tesla’s upcoming Model S luxury sedan run.(Credit: San Jose Mercury News. Courtesy of Tesla.) Tesla Motors is most known for its all-electric sports car, the Roadster. The Model S sedan will be released soon, and the battery pack used to power this model was unveiled. The San Jose Mercury…

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Local temperatures affected by wind farms

By / October 6, 2010

A new story in Scientific American reports that wind farms cropping up along the landscape are changing local temperatures. According to a study, the giant turbine blades chop up the incoming wind, mixing different layers of the atmosphere. Temperature readings taken at the San Gorgonia Pass Wind Farm near Palm Springs, Calif., showed an increase…

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