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American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Billions in federal R&D ‘recovery’ monies still on the table in the US?

By Eileen De Guire / February 14, 2013

DOE’s Recovery Act project status as of Feb. 13, 2013. Over $6 billion is still unspent. Source: Recovery.gov. A few weeks ago, we wrote about how the European Commission had made a strategic decision support focused research on graphene to the tune of about €1 billion (~$1.35 billion). That’s a lot of money, and, as…

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World’s largest solar plant nears approval

By / September 2, 2010

The New York Times reported that what it claims will be the largest solar plant in the world is nearing final approval. The Blythe Solar Power Project in southeast California will have the capacity to produce 1,000 megawatts of electricity – enough to power roughly 800,000 homes. The California Energy Commission formally recommended this month…

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NREL battery testing labs get a boost

By / February 18, 2010

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is looking to help the battery industry with a simple goal — to mass produce better batteries domestically while addressing safety, affordability, life and performance. As a result of the DOE’s support, more work and funding for battery research is coming to the National Renewable Energy Lab via both…

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Friday federal funding facts: $2 billion finally spent by DOE

By / February 12, 2010

It took about 3 months for DOE to get the first $1 billion into circulation in the economy and about 2.5 months for the second $2 billion (still less than 10% of the total). I guess we should all be thankful for this smallest sign of improvement, but I wonder who will still be around…

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Sandia’s Battery Abuse Testing Laboratory awarded $4.2 million in stimulus funds

By / December 22, 2009

Via press release, Sandia National Laboratories will use $4.2 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to modify and enhance its existing Battery Abuse Testing Laboratory (BATLab), with the goal of developing low-cost batteries for electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. The tests help to determine how much abuse lithium-ion batteries can safely handle.…

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Friday Funding Facts – Part I: Check writer’s hand still broken?

By / December 4, 2009

This is just lame. How can the DOE let itself (and the science community) be this strangled by bureaucracy? Only $1.4 billion spent? Apparently the phrase “urgently needed” means different things to different people.

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Friday federal funding facts

By / November 14, 2009

The DOE has finally reached the $1 billion mark in funds paid out, but it’s still just the tip of the iceberg considering that $19 billion (93%) remains committed but unpaid. Thus, the cash flow problem is still a major cause for concern. The Recovery Act homepage boasts that over 640,000 jobs have been saved…

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DOE invests for “most advanced wind turbine in the world”

By / October 18, 2009

Secretary Steven Chu announced new investments in wind energy research facilities that aim to produce the most advanced and efficient wind turbines in the world. The funding is from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and the research will focus on improving both land-based and offshore wind generation. $24 million will support university research and…

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Molasses at DOE, NSF and NASA

By / October 14, 2009

Referring, of course, to the still glacial flow of Recovery Act funds from these agencies to those who, you know, will actually spend it and have it flow ever onward through the economy. I really have no insight as to what is going on at DOE or NSF, but when you look at the numbers…

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DOE funds improvement of fuel cells

By / September 22, 2009

FuelCell Energy Inc., a maker of fuel cells for institutional and utility applications, says it will be receiving about $1.9 million from the DOE to develop a part designed to improve fuel cell cost and performance. The funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will support the development of a microchannel high temperature recuperator…

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