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.
NREL pioneers better way to make renewable hydrogen
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy`s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) developed a method which boosts the longevity of high-efficiency photocathodes in photoelectrochemical water-splitting devices. John Turner is a research fellow at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, where he has worked since 1979. Credit: Dennis Schroeder/NREL. Using a photoelectrochemical (PEC) device is a promising way to produce hydrogen. A PEC cell absorbs sunlight and converts that energy into hydrogen and...
NREL Scientist Maria Ghirardi Named AAAS Fellow
Maria Ghirardi, a scientist at the Energy Department`s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). AAAS cited Ghirardi for "distinguished contributions to our understanding of photobiological hydrogen production in photosynthetic organisms." At NREL, Ghirardi is involved in both basic and applied research, primarily in the area of biohydrogen and photosynthesis. She has extensive experience working with organisms that...
American Science and Technology Awarded Second New Patent
American Science and Technology (AST), a sustainable technology company focused on providing R&D services to develop innovative processes that can produce cost-competitive renewable chemicals and materials from non-food biomass, has won a second patent (US 9,382,283 B2) in as many months, related to its Organosolv pulping process. The new patent covers a system and method for oxygen-assisted delignification of lignocellulosic biomaterials and lignin recovery, which further improves the quality of the pulp...
H2scan Corporation Appoints Michael Allman as CEO
H2scan, the fast-growing provider of hydrogen sensors for industrial markets, today announced that Board Chairman Michael Allman has been appointed CEO of the Valencia, California-based company. Over the past three decades, Mr. Allman has been a leader in developing growth initiatives in the renewable energy sector and forging vital global relationships for Fortune 300 corporations and consulting firms. Under his stewardship as CEO, H2scan’s production, eminence and innovation will be enhanced by the...
REN Alliance Side Event at COP22
The REN Alliance, a coalition of five renewable energy associations, joined forces at COP22 in Marrakech to demonstrate how renewable technologies working together can meet energy needs at island, rural, city, national and regional levels.Among the most significant challenges facing society today is the impacts that global climate change can have on our economies, livelihoods, and lifestyles. The COP21 Agreement coming out of Paris in 2015 calls for all countries to work together towards greenhouse gas reduction...