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.
Natcore Technology to Serve as Technical Advisor For 1,000 MW Solar Facility in Middle East
Natcore Technology Inc. (TSX-V: NXT; OTCQB: NTCXF) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a Malta-based developer of international renewable energy projects under which Natcore would serve as the science and technology advisor for a large vertically-integrated project in the Middle East. The 1,000 MW project would comprise: A solar array consisting of 100 individual solar power plants, each with a capacity of at least 10 MW; A manufacturing facility for the production of photovoltaic modules; and A...
Energy Department Invests $21 Million in 17 Projects to Speed Solar Adoption, Maximize Solar Benefits for States
October 21, 2016 --The Energy Department today announced $21.4 million in funding for 17 new projects to help reduce the "soft costs" commonly found with solar energy, such as installation, permitting, and connecting to the grid. As more U.S. consumers turn toward renewable energy each year, nine of the awards will focus on how the solar industry can sustain and accelerate this growth by understanding the motivations and factors that influence the technology adoption process, particularly in low- and moderate-incom...
Supporting uptake of green gas
Lucy Culleton of the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) has won the first European Biogas Association(EBA) Poster Award for her work supporting the introduction of biogas into Europe`s gas networks. Declining natural gas resources and renewable energy targets are driving interest in biogas, produced from decomposing organic matter, such as municipal or agricultural waste. Lucy and her colleagues at NPL have been developing methods capable of detecting extremely-low levels of impurities in biogas, to support its...
Energy Department Announces New Projects Between U.S. and China to Cut Emissions
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 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. A combination of clean energy retrofits and upgrades will save the selected facilities on energy costs over the lifetime of the contracts by making them more energy efficient. The savings on utility bills created through the facility upgrades will be used to pay for the projects...
Nanoscale Confinement Leads to New All-inorganic Perovskite with Exceptional Solar Cell Properties
Scientists with the Energy Department`s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for the first time discovered how to make perovskite solar cells out of quantum dots and used the new material to convert sunlight to electricity with 10.77 percent efficiency. The research, Quantum dot-induced phase stabilization of a-CsPbI3 perovskite for high-efficiency photovoltaics, appears in the journal Science. The authors are Abhishek Swarnkar, Ashley Marshall, Erin Sanehira, Boris Chernomordik, David Moore, Jeffrey...