Federal Task Force Issues Recommendations to Increase the Safety and Reliability of U.S. Natural Gas Storage Facilities
New Report Chronicles Lessons Learned from Aliso Canyon Leak and Calls for a Phase-out of Single-Barrier Wells
DOE Releases Request for Information/Sources Sought for the Savannah River Site Operations Acquisition (Post FY 2018)
Cincinnati -- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) today issued a Request for Information (RFI) /Sources Sought in support the upcoming follow-on procurement for the management and operation (M&O) of the Savannah River Site (SRS).
DOE announces the release of guidance on EIS and EA Distribution. This Guidance contains recommendations for the efficient and effective distribution of a draft, final, or supplemental environmental impact statement (EIS), and includes recommendations for the distribution of environmental assessments. When he approved the Guidance, Steve Croley, DOE General Counsel, approved two variances to DOE NEPA Order 451.1B, NEPA Compliance Program that are indicated in the memo inside the front cover.
The U.S. Department of Energy's CALiPER program has released a new Snapshot report on outdoor area lighting that covers area/roadway luminaires, parking garage luminaires, and canopy luminaires. Outdoor area lighting is a major contributor to nationwide energy use, and the market segment has been an important player in the transition to solid-state lighting.
DOE Announces $80 Million Investment to Build Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Pilot Plant Test Facility
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding up to $80 million for a six-year project to design, build, and operate a 10-MWe (megawatts electrical) supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) pilot plant test facility in San Antonio, TX.
Following several days of negotiations between the United States and nearly 200 nations in Kigali, Rwanda, an agreement was reached to amend the Montreal Protocol to phase down the production and use of potent heat-trapping chemicals knows as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).
Energy Department Analysis: Loan Guarantee Program Launched Utility-Scale Photovoltaic Solar Market in the United States
DOE Loan Program Releases Updated Analysis at Mesquite Solar 3 Dedication Ceremony Showing Five DOE Loans Have Led to an Additional 45 Large Solar PV Projects Established by Industry
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced nine new energy performance contracting pilot projects that bring together U.S. and Chinese companies to boost the energy efficiency of buildings in China and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) have announced approximately $2 million in federally funded financial assistance for the first phase of cost-shared projects aimed to achieve small-scale production of salable rare earth elements (REEs) from domestic sources of pre-combustion coal and coal by-products.
The Department of Energy (DOE) today announced that a DOE-funded project on second-generation carbon dioxide (CO2) solvent technology will begin testing at the Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM) in western Norway.
The Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) plans to add $1 million for hydrogen and fuel cell topics related to the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO)-supported multi-lab consortium on roll-to-roll manufacturing capabilities.
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), together with leading petroleum refining technologies supplier W.R. Grace, and leading pilot plant designer Zeton Inc., built a unique pilot-scale facility that can produce biomass-derived fuel intermediates with existing petroleum refinery infrastructure. This pilot plant, constructed in part with funding from the Bioenergy Technologies Office, combines biomass pyrolysis together with fluid catalytic cracking—one of the most important conversion processes used in petroleum refineries—to demonstrate the potential to co-process biomass-derived streams with petroleum, at an industrially-relevant pilot scale.
DOE Announces Industry Day and Community Forum Activities for the Savannah River Site Operations Acquisition (Post FY 2018)
Cincinnati -- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) today issued an announcement to hold an Industry Day and One-on-One sessions October 24-26, 2016, and a Community Day on October 27, 2016, in support the upcoming procurement for the management and operation (M&O) of the Savannah River Site (SRS).
Industrial biotechnology company Lygos, Inc. won the “Bio-Based Chemical Innovation of the Year” award at the inaugural Bio-Based Live conference in San Francisco, California, for its biobased method to produce malonic acid, a versatile chemical used to make products ranging from flavorings in food to ultraviolet radiation-resistant coatings. Lygos uses microbes to produce the malonic acid from sugars that can be derived from non-food, cellulosic biomass. The process is also much cleaner and safer than conventional petroleum-based methods.
DOE Releases Request for Proposals for Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management Technical Support Services
Cincinnati -- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) Technical Support Services (TSS) acquisition.
LOS ALAMOS, N.M. — The U.S. Department of Energy Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) have completed a project to remove contaminated soil from four legacy waste sites along the south-facing slopes of Los Alamos Canyon adjacent to the Los Alamos Townsite.
As of today, 72 parties accounting for 56.75 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions have joined the climate agreement negotiated at COP21 in Paris, meeting the requirements of 55 parties representing 55 percent of global emissions needed for the Paris Agreement to enter into force in 30 days, prior to the COP22 meeting in Morocco.
On October 1, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) established the Agile BioFoundry (ABF)—a new consortium of nine Energy Department national laboratories working to standardize and streamline the entire biomanufacturing pipeline by uniting computer-assisted biological pathway design, process integration, process scale-up, and machine learning.
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected two projects to advance key technologies that will enable development of next-generation advanced energy systems. The projects will receive $6 million of Phase 2 research funding from DOE with a performance period of approximately 3 years. The projects were selected from among five DOE-funded Phase 1 projects, recently completed by private partners.
This past June, researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in partnership with Particulate Solids Research, Inc. and Springs Fabrication, installed a recirculating regenerating riser reactor (R-Cubed) in their pilot-scale Thermochemical Process Development Unit. The R-Cubed system will now allow for catalytic upgrading of biomass pyrolysis vapors—a process that can significantly improve the efficiency and reduce the costs associated with upgrading bio-oil to a finished fuel product—at an industrially-relevant pilot scale.