Last week,House Democratic leaders attempting to pass what historically been a bipartisan science bill supporting funding for the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy Office of Science and National Institute of Standards and Technology, were unsuccessful forcing them to pull America Competes from floor consideration when the Republicans slashed the measure’s funding levels through a motion that included language on pornography. Failing to pass the bill on two separate attempts, Democrats are furious in that this disappointing outcome effectively killed the US$85 billion legislation (HR 5116) which is focused on elevating U.S. economic competitiveness through federal support of various science and technology education and research programs. House Republican leaders also offered a motion to recommit the bill to the House Science and Technology, reduce levels for most programs and shorten the bill’s lifespan; fiscal years 2014 and 2015 would be dropped. As currently written, the America Competes Reauthorization Act would renew a 2007 law (PL 110-69) and authorize spending from fiscal 2011 through 2015 for research programs at the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Energy Department.
EUBCE: 37 Years of Evolving Trends in Bioenergy
Ever since Europe and its Member States begun developing policies and research programs for renewable energy, the EUBCE has always been an important event to collect the knowledge and to share the views of biomass experts from research, industry, and policy.At the time of the first “International Conference on Biomass”, held in 1980 in Brighton and organized by the Commission of European Communities, DG Research Science and Education, the policy debate and the technological development in renewable...
New Method of Microbial Energy Production Discovered
For all living things to succeed, they must reproduce and have the energy to do so. An organism`s ability to extract energy from its surroundings-and to do it better than its competitors-is a key requirement of survival. Until recently it was thought that in all of biology, from microbes to humans, there were only two methods to generate and conserve the energy required for cellular metabolism and survival. Now researchers have discovered a third method of microbial energy production, called "flavin-based...
Global 100% Renewable Energy Platform launched
Today, representatives from major organizations from all over the world have gathered in Bonn to launch the Global 100% Renewable Energy Platform. During the launch event, some of the world’s most renowned experts on renewable energy presented solutions and strategies for achieving global 100% renewable energy, in line with the world’s climate change mitigation needs and to provide access to modern energy services to all human beings. Held in parallel with the UN Bonn Climate Change Talks, the event...
City of Hartford, Constellation and Bloom Energy Power Up Microgrid in Parkville Neighborhood
The City of Hartford, Bloom Energy, and Constellation, a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation, recently announced the completion of afuel cell microgridthat will generate clean energy, manage electricity costs and supply emergency power for public buildings and businesses in the city`s Parkville neighborhood. "I`m proud that Hartford is home to one of Connecticut`s first fully operational microgrids powering vital community services on a daily basis with clean, affordable energy," said Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin....
Experts Outline Pathway for Generating Up to Ten Terawatts of Power from Sunlight by 2030
The annual potential of solar energy far exceeds the world`s energy consumption, but the goal of using the sun to provide a significant fraction of global electricity demand is far from being realized. Scientists from the U.S. Department of Energy`s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), their counterparts from similar institutes in Japan and Germany, along with researchers at universities and industry, assessed the recent trajectory of photovoltaics and outlined a potential worldwide pathway to produce a...