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June 14, 2013

SiNode Systems Wins the Second Annual DOE National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition

The DOE is proud to announce that SiNode Systems from Northwestern University has won the second annual NCEBPC. SiNode Systems is a battery materials venture developing silicon-graphene anodes for the next generation of lithium-ion batteries. SiNode anodes offer higher battery capacity and faster charging rates, all while being produced via a low cost solution chemistry-based manufacturing process. SiNode seeks to change the landscape for lithium-ion batteries so they can meet the demands of a wide range of industries, from consumer electronics to electric vehicles. [More]

May 13, 2013

Energy Department Announces Regional Winners of University Clean Energy Business Competition

Underscoring the Obama Administration's commitment to support the next generation of energy leaders, the U.S. Energy Department today announced the six regional winners of its National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition. The initiative inspires university teams across the country to create new businesses and commercialize promising energy technologies developed at U.S. universities and the national laboratories. Today's regional finalists—Northwestern University, North Carolina A&T University, Purdue University, Brigham Young University, University of Arkansas and University of California-Berkeley—will go on to compete in the first national competition in Washington, D.C., on June 11th and 12th. "The National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition allows the best and brightest to use their entrepreneurial skills to tackle the energy challenges our Nation continues to face," said Acting Energy Secretary Daniel Poneman. "These innovative business strategies can expand the use of clean energy technologies and compete on a global market." [More]

April 17, 2012

Austin Energy Offers 100% Renewable Electrical Vehicle Charging

Austin Energy, located in Austin Texas, now has 100 public-access charging stations in the Plug-in EVerywhere network for plug-in electric vehicles, all powered by 100 percent renewable energy. The 100 electric vehicle charging stations are located at Austin Community College campuses, City of Austin public facilities, and retail and commercial businesses throughout the city. Austin area electric vehicle drivers can purchase pre-paid Plug-in EVerywhere network cards for $25 each, which allows unlimited public station charging for six months. Electricity for the Plug-in EVerywhere charging network is generated from 100 percent renewable energy provided by GreenChoice, Austin Energy's renewable energy option offered to its electric customers. [More]

April 17, 2012

Clean Currents Launches Green Passport Promotional Campaign

Clean Currents announced the launch of its Green Passport D.C promotional campaign, which runs from April 3rd through May 6th. The Green Passport D.C. contest combines social media with in-person activities to promote Washington D.C. area businesses that utilize renewable wind energy provided by Clean Currents. [More]

April 17, 2012

Energy Department Report Finds Major Potential to Increase Clean Hydroelectric Power

As part of President Obama's all-out, all-of-the-above energy strategy, the Energy Department today released a renewable energy resource assessment detailing the potential to develop electric power generation at existing dams across the United States that aren't currently equipped to produce power. The report estimates that without building a single new dam, these available hydropower resources, if fully developed, could provide an electrical generating capacity of more than 12 gigawatts (GW), equivalent to roughly 15% of current U.S. hydropower capacity. These findings demonstrate one of the ways the nation can diversify its energy portfolio while achieving the Administration's goal of generating 80% of our nation's electricity from clean resources by 2035. [More]

April 17, 2012

Wellesley (MA) Program Achieves 10% Participation

Wellesley, Massachusetts residents and businesses are voluntarily supporting renewable energy. The town has achieved a 10 percent green power participation rate through Wellesley's Renewable Energy Program. Wellesley Municipal Light Plant customers have the power to choose renewable energy, generated primarily from the Spruce Mountain Wind Farm, for a portion or all of their electricity usage. Babson College, Massachusetts, recently joined Wellesley's Renewable Energy Program. [More]

April 16, 2012

Michigan Company Unveils Electric Vehicle Systems Manufacturing Facility Funded by Recovery Act

The Energy Department today announced the opening of an electric vehicle component manufacturing facility in Grand Blanc Township. [More]

April 13, 2012

Energy Department Announces $2.5 Million to Advance Technologies for Clean-Burning, Efficient Biomass Cookstoves

The Energy Department today announced up to $2.5 million available this year for applied research to advance clean biomass cookstove technologies for use in developing countries. [More]

April 13, 2012

New Solar Farms in West Tennessee Signal Growth

Two new solar energy farms are generating a small but growing supply of electricity in West Tennessee, the latest signs of progress in an industry that proponents say is primed to add jobs and bolster rural and urban power supply. [More]

April 13, 2012

Energy Department Announces $2.5 Million to Advance Technologies for Clean-Burning, Efficient Biomass Cookstoves

The Energy Department today announced up to $2.5 million available this year for applied research to advance clean biomass cookstove technologies for use in developing countries. [More]

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