ASERTTI News

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Register Now for the 2013 State Energy Outlook Conference

Register now for the 2013 Energy Outlook Conference, State-Private-Federal Energy Collaboration in a New Budget and Policy Era, hosted by ASERTTI and the National Association of State Energy Officials.  The Conference is scheduled from Tuesday, February 5 – Friday, February 8, 2013 at the Fairmont Hotel, Washington, D.C. and will focus on state-federal energy collaboration in a new budget and policy era.  This year's Conference will explore the national energy policy outlook and the state, federal, and private sector partnerships that will advance U.S. energy policy.   Hear from Congressional representatives, state and federal officials, corporate executives, and industry leaders to get a comprehensive perspective from Washington, D.C. and beyond on the nation’s energy policy and budget outlook.  A preliminary agenda is available on the 2013 Energy Outlook Conference website

Register ASERTTI Innovations in Advanced Lighting Webinar: Dec. 17

The next webinar in ASERTTI’s Emerging Technologies Webinar series, Innovations in Advanced Lighting: Illuminating Opportunities for Energy Efficiency, will be held Monday, December 17. During the webinar, speakers from the Lighting Research Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), the California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC), and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) will discuss their current efforts in advancing energy-efficient lighting and daylighting technologies. Registration is now open online, at no cost. Register here: https://www.energymeetings.com/registration.aspx?EventID=23.
 
Presentation slides from past webinars in the series are available for viewing or download on ASERTTI’s website: http://asertti.org/events/webinars/emerging-technologies/descriptions.aspx#2012-12

ASERTTI Co-Sponsors, Co-Moderates, and Presents at HPBCCC Briefing

As a member of the High Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition (HPBCCC), ASERTTI has co-sponsored and presented at several of their recent briefings on the Hill. On November 14, 2012, HPBCCC held a Breakfast Briefing in the Rayburn House Office Building on “The Promise and Proof of Net-Zero Energy Schools.” This briefing offered a national perspective on states’ high performance and net-zero energy schools efforts, including highlights of the importance of the U.S. State Energy Program, and a cost-effective net-zero energy schools model in Kentucky. In addition to ASERTTI co-sponsoring this event, ASERTTI’s Executive Director, David Terry, was also Co-Moderator and gave a presentation on the “National Perspective on High Performance and Net-Zero Energy Schools.”

E-Learning Course on Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment Installations from Advanced Energy and JADE Learning

Advanced Energy recently announced the availability of a new e-learning course, Introduction to Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Installation. This course, developed in conjunction with JADE Learning, provides an introduction to EVSEs (more commonly known as charging stations), the potential business opportunities with this new equipment, and steps to install charging stations in both residential and commercial locations.   To help drive the future of electric transportation, Advanced Energy also recently released Version 1.0 of the Residential Charging Station Installation Handbook for Single- and Multi-Family Homeowners and Renters– a handbook that provides homeowners, renters, property managers, property owners, city/community planners, contractors and electricians with best practices to address the unique challenges of charging station selection, installation and operation at single-family residential and multi-family dwellings.

Research Reveals Nanotechnology Simplifies Hydrogen Production for Clean Energy

As described in a press release issued by Stony Brook University, researchers have demonstrated that clean energy hydrogen can be produced from water splitting by using very small metal particles that are exposed to sunlight. In the article, “Outstanding activity of sub-nm Au clusters for photocatalytic hydrogen production,” published in the journal Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, Alexander Orlov, PhD, an Assistant Professor of Materials Science & Engineering at Stony Brook University, and his colleagues from Stony Brook and Brookhaven National Laboratory, found that the use of gold particles smaller than one nanometer resulted in greater hydrogen production than other co-catalysts tested. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Brookhaven National Laboratory played a prominent role in this energy research.  Brookhaven Lab staff scientist Dong Su of the Center for Functional Nanomaterials (CFN) used a dedicated Hitachi Scanning Transmission Electron Microscope to generate atomic-scale images of the nanoparticle clusters synthesized by Alexander Orlov’s group at Stony Brook. Assistant scientist Yan Li of the Lab’s Computational Science Center led efforts to provide a detailed characterization of the gold nanoparticles’ structural, electronic, and spectroscopic properties using first-principles computational methods. Parts of these calculations were carried out using the CFN’s advanced computer cluster.

California Energy Commission Awards $1.5 Million for Energy Research

The California Energy Commission recently awarded $1,508,507 to fund 18 research projects ranging from sensors used to forecast disruptions in the electricity grid to computer programs to advance the framework for plug-in electric vehicles in California.  The projects approved by the Commission include research in the areas of electricity, natural gas, and transportation.  Funds for the projects come from the Commission's Research and Development program's Energy Innovations Small Grant (EISG) program. The program provides funding to small businesses, non-profit organizations, individuals, and academic institutions to conduct research that establishes the feasibility of new, innovative energy concepts. The program provides up to $95,000 for projects.

Turning Ethanol Waste into Animal Feed

Researchers at Iowa State University (ISU) have developed a process that turns a waste from the ethanol production process into animal feed.  According to the news report, the goal is to increase the viability of biofuels economically by taking one of their co-products, a food-grade fungi, and creating a biomass that can serve as a high protein animal feed. The ISU research team began developing the “MycoMeal” process in 2009 and has received national awards and attention for their innovation.  Researchers have developed a pilot plant at the Iowa Energy Center’s Biomass Energy Conversion (BECON) facility in Nevada to test and refine the process. In 2012 alone, they will produce a ton of fungi for animal feeding trials.  The project has been supported by a three-year, $412,669 grant from the Iowa Energy Center and a Smithfield grant from the Office of the Iowa Attorney General.  To learn more about the innovative MycoMeal process, read this article: Iowa State researchers feed pigs, chickens high-protein fungus grown on ethanol leftovers, ISU News Service.

NATIONAL NEWS

GM and ABB Repurpose Used Chevy Volt batteries to Provide Home Backup Power

As reported in Engadget, General Motors and ABB recently showcased the next stage in battery reuse, the repackaging of five used Chevrolet Volt batteries into a modular unit capable of providing two hours of electricity needed by three to five average American homes.  The uninterruptable power supply and grid power balancing system was demonstrated during GM's Electrification Experience. The prototype unit provided 25 kW of power and 50 kWh of energy to power all the support lighting and audiovisual equipment in an "off-grid" structure used for the event.  During the demonstration, the energy storage system was run in a "remote power back-up" mode where 100 percent of the power for the facility came from Volt batteries through ABB's Energy Storage Inverter system. According to the article, a similar application could one day be used to power a group of homes or small commercial buildings during a power outage, allow for storage of power during inexpensive periods for use during expensive peak demand, or help make up for gaps in solar, wind or other renewable power generation.

The U.S.-ASEAN INSPIRE Initiative

According to a fact sheet released by the U.S. Department of State November 19, the United States highlighted a broad and enduring commitment to building Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) capacity at the 2012 U.S.-ASEAN Leaders Meeting.  Recognizing the key role that science, technology, and health expertise play in promoting sustained economic development, the United States and ASEAN agreed to launch the U.S.-ASEAN Innovation in Science through Partners in Regional Engagement (INSPIRE) initiative. Designed to enhance bilateral science, technology, and health cooperation between the United States and ASEAN’s member states, the U.S.-ASEAN INSPIRE Initiative is based on three primary components: encouraging cross-border scientific collaboration; promoting an ASEAN scientific “enterprise” linking science, technology, and innovation to drive economic development; and improving our collective response to pandemic outbreaks and disasters.  For additional detail, please click here.

Congress Should Act to Save Nation's Wind Jobs

In the Hill’s Congressional Blog, Gov. Terry Branstad (R-Iowa) and Gov. John Kitzhaber (D-Ore.) discuss their position on Congress renewing the wind energy production tax credit (PTC).  According to their article, the wind industry, which directly employs some 75,000 people in good paying jobs in states across the nation, has already lost over 3,000 jobs and stands to lose another 30,000 within the next few months if Congress fails to extend this job-critical credit.  The Governors point out Congress’ effective use of tax incentives to drive deployment of domestic energy sources, which they say create manufacturing efficiencies and technological improvements that research alone, cannot deliver.  Iowa is now producing over 20 percent of its electricity from wind farms at stable, dependable rates with over 215 wind-related businesses operating in 55 counties across Iowa, providing jobs for as many as 7,000 workers. In Oregon, wind energy has invested nearly $6 billion in capital and enough wind capacity has been installed to power approximately 770,000 Oregon homes. In the process, thousands of Oregon jobs have been created by wind energy.  Through reaffirming the PTC, Governors Branstad and Kitzhaber say the economic benefits enjoyed by their own states because of wind energy can be maximized nationally.

IEA Clean Coal Centre Report on Coal-Fired CCS Demonstration Plants

The IEA Clean Coal Centre (CCC) recently released, Coal-fired CCS demonstration plants, 2012.  The report, by Stephen Mills, reviews activities taking place focused on the eventual large-scale deployment of carbon capture systems on coal-fired power plants.  To view the full report, please click here.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

DOE FOA: Database of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Incentives and Policies

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently released a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) intended to build on the existing accomplishments of the Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE).  DOE is looking to create a database with functionalities similar to those offered by DSIRE, but that will significantly expand encompassed data and create a brand new web interface revolutionizing data accessibility and thus expanding its stakeholder base.  The resulting database of federal, state, and local policies and incentives will serve as a resource for encouraging public development of energy efficiency and renewable energy resources, a goal that is in line with the mission of the DOE.  According to the announcement, this substantial effort to transform and modernize this resource to create well-designed, useable, and easily accessible information content will be essential to inform end-users of policies and incentives. Applications are due January 16, 2013.

EVENTS

Innovations in Advanced Lighting: Illuminating Opportunities for Energy Efficiency
ASERTTI Emerging Technology Webinar Series
Monday, December 17, 2012 – 1:00 – 2:00 PM EST
 
Advanced Power Generation Technologies:  Getting Efficiency at the Source
ASERTTI Emerging Technology Webinar Series
Monday, January 14, 2012 – 1:00 – 2:00 PM EST
 
2013 ASERTTI/NASEO State Energy Policy and Technology Outlook Conference
February 5-8, 2013 – Fairmont Hotel, Washington, DC