Last week, the Energy Department launched the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI), a new effort focused on growing American manufacturing of clean energy products and boosting U.S. manufacturing competitiveness through major improvements in energy productivity.
The CEMI’s investments include the recently announced SunShot Solar Manufacturing Technology (SolarMat) program, a $15 million funding opportunity to reduce the manufacturing costs of solar energy technologies and demonstrate cost-competitive, innovative manufacturing technologies that can achieve commercial production in the next few years.
Every year, the U.S. spends about $200 billion to power our office buildings, shopping mall and stores. Yet, about 30 percent of this money is wasted. Hoping to tap the creative thinking of the nation’s university students, the Energy Department launched the Better Buildings Case Competition. Last week as part of the second annual competition, some of the country’s brightest young minds presented their ideas on ways to cut energy waste and improve commercial building efficiency.
This year, 14 university teams — made up of undergraduate and graduate students with backgrounds in business, engineering, public policy and urban planning — tackled four of the toughest knots in energy efficiency. Using real-world scenarios and data, students had two months to develop innovative solutions for common efficiency challenges — from creating a plan for early retirement of equipment to justifying and installing metering to designing financial models that municipalities can use to improve their own buildings — that real-world private-sector organizations, and state and local governments could replicate.
This report contains data on the budget authority (see “Definitions,” below) of U.S. federal
agencies to fund the research and development and R&D plant components of their programs
in FYs 2011, 2012, and 2013. All activities covered by the federal budget, including R&D,
are classified by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) into 20 broad functional
categories (see “Budget Functions and Classifying R&D,” below). At present, R&D activities
are present in 15 of these categories.
The Department of Energy (DOE) has awarded $120M over 5 years for a new Batteries and Energy Storage Hub, to be lead by the Argonne National Laboratory. This hub, to be known as the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), will be a partnerships of five national labs, five universities, and four private firms. The goal of the hub is to take a giant leap forward in battery and energy storage technology for vehicles and the electric grid.