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.
Siemens and Allgäuer Überlandwerk Form Joint Venture for Smart Grid Expansion
iemens and Allgäuer Überlandwerk GmbH (A ÜW), based in Kempten, Germany, have formed a joint venture named egrid to commercially implement the results from IRENE and IREN2, two joint smart grid research projects in Wildpoldsried. It was agreed that Siemens would acquire a 49-percent share in the AÜW subsidiary, egrid applications & consulting GmbH. The transaction is subject to clearance by the competent competition authorities. The joint venture will offer innovative consulting services...
U.S. Department of Energy: Soaking Up an Oil Spill
When the Deepwater Horizon drilling pipe blew out seven years ago, beginning the worst oil spill in U.S. history, those in charge of the recovery discovered a new wrinkle: the millions of gallons of oil bubbling from the sea floor weren`t all collecting on the surface where it could be skimmed or burned. Some of it was forming a plume and drifting through the ocean under the surface. Now, scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy`s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have invented a new foam, called Oleo Sponge,...
Energy Institute annual event `out of this world`
A NASA astronaut who clocked up 750 hours in orbit including 17 hours on spacewalks joined an audience of more than 300 from the energy industry today (2 March) for the flagship annual dinner of the Energy Institute (EI) Aberdeen, Highlands and Islands branch. The popular annual black tie event is widely regarded as one of the industry’s premier events in North East Scotland, and this year’s guests were welcomed to Aberdeen’s Marcliffe Hotel & Spa by local branch chairman Laurie Mackay CEng...
The Top 5 Companies in Geothermal Innovation of 2017
The five endorsed nominations for this year’s European Geothermal Innovation Award are, in alphabetical order: enOware GmbH(Germany), for the measurement systems to plan, monitor and measure near-surface geothermal probes; HakaGerodur AG(Switzerland), for the pressure-resistant borehole heat exchanger (BHE) for difficult geological conditions and applications up to 300m. Huisman Well Technology BV(The Netherlands), for the application of the Enhanced Casing Installation (ECI) system in a geothermal...
U.S. Department of Energy Announces up to $30 Million for Projects to Integrate Solar into the Nation's Electric Grid
Recently (1/31), the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) SunShot Initiative announced up to $30 million in new projects to support the integration of solar energy into the nation's electric grid, while diversifying the nation's electricity sources and improving the reliability and security of the electric grid. SunShot will fund 13 projects with a total of up to $30 million to develop next-generation grid planning and operation tools that help to integrate more solar power with the grid. "SunSh...