Energy Department Announces Up to $31 Million for Initial Phases of Enhanced Geothermal Systems Field Observatory
As part of the Administration’s all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department today announced up to $31 million to establish the initial phases of the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE), a field laboratory dedicated to cutting-edge research on enhanced geothermal systems (EGS). EGS are engineered reservoirs, created beneath the surface of the Earth, where there is hot rock but limited pathways through which fluid can flow. During EGS development, underground fluid pathways are safely created and their size and connectivity increased. These enhanced pathways allow fluid to circulate throughout the hot rock and carry heat to the surface to generate electricity. In the long term, EGS may enable domestic access to a geographically diverse baseload, and carbon-free energy resource on the order of 100 gigawatts, or enough to power about 100 million homes.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the selection of 10 projects that will receive funding aimed at accelerating genetic breeding programs to improve plant feedstocks for the production of biofuels, biopower, and bio-based products. The investment is part of the Obama Administration’s broader effort to diversify the nation’s energy portfolio and accelerate development of new clean energy technologies designed to decrease dependence on foreign oil, providing a more secure future for America’s energy needs and enhancing rural economies.
The 2014 R&D 100 Awards recognized four projects supported by the Vehicle Technologies Office for their technical significance, innovation, and usefulness.
The Energy Department announced today $3.5 million for an algae project aimed at accelerating the development of sustainable, affordable algal biofuels. This research project supports the Department’s goal of producing 2,500 gallons of algal biofuel feedstock per acre per year by 2018, an important milestone toward reducing the cost of algal biofuels to cost-competitive levels of 5,000 gallons per acre per year by 2022.
Energy Department Announces Up to $7 Million to Expand Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency on Tribal Lands
The Energy Department today announced up to $7 million to deploy clean energy and energy efficiency projects in tribal communities, reducing reliance on fossil fuel, and promoting economic development.
The Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability held a peer review of the Smart Grid R&D Program on June 11-12, 2014 at the Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, NY. The meeting was held to conduct an external review of technical R&D projects funded by the Smart Grid R&D Program; the review results will be used to help guide the projects in meeting clearly defined criteria, as well as to help support program planning and portfolio management.
On July 16, at the fourth and final meeting of the White House State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, the Administration announced the new Tribal Climate Resilience Program to help tribes prepare for climate change.
The DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program has posted the 2014 Annual Merit Review Proceedings, which include presentations and posters on individual project status and results as well as overview presentations from the plenary session.
The Energy Department today announced up to $4.5 million in funding to expand the use of alternative fuels through the Clean Cities program, which works with nearly 100 local coalitions and thousands of stakeholders across the country to decrease the use of petroleum in transportation.
The Energy Department today announced up to $14 million in funding for 15 research and development projects to support technologies that will contribute to advancing early-stage, breakthrough energy-efficient solutions for buildings and homes.
The Energy Department today announced $6 million for two projects to develop next generation biofuels that will help drive down the cost of producing gasoline, diesel, and jet fuels from biomass. These projects are a part of the Energy Department’s continued effort to develop technologies that will enable the production of clean, renewable and cost-competitive drop-in biofuels at $3 per gallon by 2017.
Department of Energy Supported Project Will Capture 1.4 Million Tons of CO2 Annually
July 2014 Update from the Advanced Manufacturing Office
Final Report and Other Materials from 2014 Resilient Electric Distribution Grid R&D Workshop Now Available
On June 11, 2014, the Department of Energy held a half-day workshop to identify key R&D activities for enhancing the resilience of electric distribution grids to natural disasters.
U.S. Department of Energy researchers have won 31 of the 100 awards given out this year by R&D Magazine for the most outstanding technology developments with promising commercial potential.
On Friday, July 11, the Department of Energy will host a public meeting in Portland, Oregon, to gather public comments on the Quadrennial Energy Review. This meeting will focus specifically on issues associated with electricity transmission, storage and distribution in the western United States.
U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz traveled to Beijing from July 8 to 11 to participate in the sixth U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue.
17 projects were presented at the 2014 Advanced Grid Modeling Peer Review. Presentations are now available for download.
Cincinnati – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) today issued a Sources Sought Synopsis/Expression of Interest seeking small business concerns with the capabilities to provide Technical Support Services to the DOE Carlsbad Field Office (CBFO) in Carlsbad, New Mexico.
A new DOE report, published by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, highlights findings from a review of five policy mechanisms that have been successfully applied to hydrothermal exploration activities around the globe – loan guarantees, drilling failure insurance, lending support, grants, and government-led exploration – and their applicability to the U.S. geothermal market.