US Government seeks to fund ‘coal power plants of the future’

It is inviting views in support of the design, construction and operation of a small-scale, modular coal-based pilot-scale plant

US hots up with $14.5m geothermal funding

The country currently has an installed geothermal capacity of more than 3.8GW

US announces $25m for CHP funding

The US Department of Energy (DoE) has announced nearly $25 million (£18.6m) of funding for combined heat and power (CHP) technologies. The money will be distributed amongst eight organisations, which include the Centre for Sustainable Energy in San Diego, Pace University in New York and Washington State University, to further the installation of the cost-effective, […]

US to spend $40m on bioenergy research

The US Department of Energy (DoE) has announced it will spend $40 million (£30.9m) on advancing four Bioenergy Research Centres (BRCs). It is hoped the funding will help researchers provide the scientific breakthroughs for a new generation of sustainable, cost-effective biotechnology. The centres, which are each led by a DOE National Laboratory or university, are designed to […]

New solution for cleaning up oil spills? A sponge!

Scientists have invented a new sponge that could potentially help clean up oil spills. Called Oleo Sponge, the material looks like an outdoor seat cushion, can be wrung out to be reused and the oil recovered, according to the US Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory. At tests at a giant seawater tank at […]

Not much cheer as US forces wine aficionados to cool down

The US Department of Energy (DOE) has introduced costly wine cooler efficiency tests. On July 15, DOE announced the rule, which requires manufacturers to test the energy efficiency of refrigerators used for chilling wine. It estimated the rule would cost the average small business $12,500 (£9600) to test whether their equipment meets specifications, a cost […]

$31m to improve energy efficiency of windows

The US is investing $31 million (£21.8m) to improve the energy efficiency of existing single-pane windows in commercial and residential buildings. A total of 14 schemes will receive a share of the fund to develop innovative window coatings and windowpanes. The Single-Pane Highly Insulating Efficient Lucid Design (SHIELD) programme is expected to accelerate the development […]

US invests $10m in solar training programmes

The US has announced an investment worth $10 million (£6.9m) for solar training projects. The Department of Energy (DoE) will use the money to fund 10 new schemes under its ‘Solar Training and Education for Professionals’ (STEP) scheme which aims to help meet the sector’s demand for qualified workers. Five additional military bases will also […]

US invests $25m to integrate solar into the grid

The US has announced an investment worth $25 million (£16.7m) to accelerate the integration of solar energy into the country’s grid. That’s part of the Department of Energy’s (DoE) plans to modernise the grid through the Enabling Extreme Real-Time Grid Integration of Solar Energy (ENERGISE) scheme. It seeks to develop software and hardware platforms for utility […]

US invests $80m in efficient truck technologies

The US is investing $80 million (£54.4m) to improve the efficiency of trucks. The money from the Department of Energy (DoE) will fund the research, development and demonstration of technologies which aim to improve heavy-truck freight efficiency by more than 100%. The projects will use a variety of truck and trailer technology approaches such as engine […]