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Wind Energy Expected to Accelerate the Pace, Experts Say

The cost of producing electricity via wind power is expected to fall 24-30 percent by 2030 and 35-41 percent by 2050, according to a survey of the world’s foremost wind power experts.

Jeffrey Hohn

Environmental Executive Moves: Ten K Solar, Novelis, thinkstep, Axion Polymers, NREL

Here’s the latest news on hirings, promotions and departures among environmental leaders. Ten K Solar: The commercial rooftop solar technology has appointed Jeffrey J. Hohn (pictured) as chief executive officer. Hohn, who formerly served as VP and general manager of 3M’s Renewable Energy Division, will succeed Joel Cannon, a co-founder … Read more »

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Cummins-led Team to Develop Plug-in Hybrid Truck that Reduces Fuel Use by 50%

Cummins says it will develop a Class 6 commercial plug-in hybrid electric vehicle — these are typically buses or single-axle work trucks — that reduces fuel consumption by at least 50 percent compared to conventional medium-duty trucks. This is thanks to a $4.5 million grant, awarded by the US Department … Read more »

Climate Tagger Tool Launched

The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership has joined forces with the Climate Technology Centre and Network, the operational arm of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Technology Mechanism, to launch a climate data tool. The Climate Tagger automatically scans, labels, sorts and catalogues data and document collections. … Read more »

DOE Awards $13.4M to Develop Biofuels, Bioproducts

Five projects will receive up to $13.4 million in US Department of Energy funding to develop advanced biofuels and bioproducts. The DOE says these projects will help drive down the cost of producing gasoline, diesel and jet fuel from biomass, while also reducing carbon emissions. The department has set a … Read more »

NREL Updates Cetane Data for Low-Carbon Fuels, Engine Development

The Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has released a long-anticipated update to the source-of-record for cetane number data. This information is vital to the development of new, energy-efficient, low-carbon fuels and compatible engines. Members of the engine, vehicle and fuel industries, along with researchers, rely on these numbers to … Read more »

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NREL Bioreactor Uncovers How to Get Maximum Fuel from Algae

A  bioeractor designed to simulate climate precise climates is helping a team of scientists find ideal locations for farms to produce algae for fuel. The Simulated Algal Growth Environment (SAGE) reactor, located at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s campus in Golden, Colo., so precisely controls light, temperature and delivery of … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Superior Energy Performance, Turbidity, NREL’s LEED

Mack Trucks’ Macungie Cab and Vehicle Assembly operation in Macungie, Penn., has become the first US manufacturing facility to receive platinum-level Superior Energy Performance certification, under the Mature Energy Pathway category, as well as ISO 50001 certification. The Mature category recognizes facilities that achieve aggressive energy improvements over a 10-year period. ASTM … Read more »

Policy & Enforcement Briefing: Gas Tank Standards, Train Rules, Chevron Fines

The EPA issued updates on Monday to its April 2012 oil and natural gas standards for storage tanks. The updates will phase in emission control deadlines, starting with higher-emitting tanks first. Storage tanks emitting 6 or more tons of VOCs a year must reduce emissions by 95 percent, with deadlines of April … Read more »

NREL Uses Data Center to Heat Office

The US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has debuted its high performance computing (HPC) data center in Golden, Colo. NREL plans to capture the heat generated by the computers in the HPC system and reuse that as the primary heat source for its new Energy Systems Integration … Read more »

NREL ‘Bites’ Into Energy Scenarios

The DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has created an energy analysis tool to help individuals and educators experiment with energy use scenarios. The interactive Buildings, Industry, Transportation, Electricity, and Transportation Scenarios (BITES) allows users to explore how changes in energy supply and demand can impact carbon dioxide emissions and … Read more »

NREL Taps HP, Intel for ‘World’s Most Efficient’ Data Center

The US Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory has selected Hewlett Packard and Intel to provide what it says will be the world’s most energy efficient data center. The $10 million HPC data center, to be installed at NREL’s Golden, Colo., campus, is projected to have an annualized average … Read more »