If there is an ideal energy form, it is nuclear fusion. But the technology is one of those that is always within reach but still so far away. With that, though, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology says that it is advancing the ball, as is a group of nations hard at work trying to build the first fusion reactor before 2035.
Terrestrial Energy has entered into an initial collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to advance the commercialization of the company’s new integral molten salt reactor (IMSR) Gen IV design. Terrestrial Energy says this new collaboration, along with last month’s research and development deal with Canadian Nuclear Labs, moves it to … Read more »
S-RAM Dynamics has been awarded a $400,000 grant from the Department of Energy toward a $1 million project to help commercialize an energy efficient heat pump for commercial and industrial customers to reduce energy consumption by more than 50 percent compared to other common refrigeration and heating systems. The system … Read more »
General Electric and BASF are among the 22 organizations to receive a total of $36 million from the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to develop electric vehicle energy storage systems using innovative chemistries, architectures and designs. The ARPA-E’s program, Robust Affordable Next Generation Energy Storage Systems (RANGE), … Read more »
The 18,000 sq ft Maximum Building Energy Efficiency Research Laboratory at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee has received LEED Gold certification, World Interior Design Network reports. Researchers will use Maxlab to test building wall efficiency and durability, as well as research heating and cooling systems, according to WATE. Features contributing to the building’s own … Read more »
A new biomass gasification plant at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory will burn wood waste from local sawmills to heat the complex, reducing fossil fuel use by 80 percent and greenhouse gas emissions by 23,000 metric tons a year. The gasification plant built by Nexterra Systems converts waste biomass into … Read more »