Agencies’ Lack of Coordination Hindered Supply of Crucial Gas, Report Says

By MATTHEW L. WALD WASHINGTON — The United States is running out of a rare gas that is crucial for detecting smuggled nuclear weapons materials because one arm of the Energy Department was selling the gas six times as fast as another arm could accumulate it, and the two sides failed to communicate for years, according to a […]

University of Delaware: High Energy Permanent Magnets for Hybrid Vehicles and Alternative Energy

Organization University of Delaware Website Point of Contact Dr. George Hadjipanayis High-energy permanent magnets are indispensable for many applications in the electric, electronic, automobile, communications, and information technologies industries. Currently the demand for these magnets is even higher in the emerging markets of hybrid/electric vehicles, windmill power systems, power generation systems, and energy storage systems. […]

DOE Announces $100 Million Available for Innovative Research Projects

ARPA-E’s 3rd funding opportunity to focus on grid-scale energy storage, electrical power technology, and building energy efficiency WASHINGTON, D.C. – At the inaugural ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit today, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced $100 million in Recovery Act funding will be made available to accelerate innovation in green technology, increase America’s competitiveness and create […]

41% Favor Government Policies To Discourage Use of Fossil Fuels, 36% Oppose

Americans believe strongly that the United States needs to change its dependency on fossil fuels, but they have mixed feelings about whether government policies should encourage use of alternative energy sources in their place. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey shows that 73% of Adults believe it is at least Somewhat Important for the […]

OMEGA – NASA bags algae, wastewater in bid for aviation fuel

  CEC-500-2010-FS-001 NASA ARC: As a clean energy alternative, NASA invented an algae photo-bioreactor that grows algae in municipal wastewater to produce biofuel and a variety of other products. The NASA bioreactor is an Offshore Membrane Enclosure for Growing Algae (OMEGA), which won’t compete with agriculture for land, fertilizer, or freshwater. NASA’s Ames Research Center, […]

RPI Energy and the Environment

The research leaders who work, study, and innovate at Rensselaer share a common focus: unearthing new opportunities for solving the 21st century’s most challenging problems. Right now, more than 6.5 billion people are competing for the Earth’s dwindling supply of fossil fuels. By 2050, there will be 8-10 billion, and major advances in energy technology […]