Federal Dollars Drive Energy Efficiency

The U.S. Department of Energy wants to increase the nation’s energy efficiency and renewables portfolio, and recently, thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, it’s had some extra funds at its disposal. The federal agency has announced that it will be awarding $9.6 million to projects that could improve energy efficiency in buildings by reducing loads on air conditioners, reduce costs associated with generating electricity from solar power, and improve the efficiency and power density of electric machines.

Grant recipients were selected by the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) and include: Dais Analytic Corporation of Odessa, FL, for a Nanotechnology Membrane-Based Dehumidifier; GE Global Research of Niskayuna, NY, for Transformational Nanostructured Permanent Magnets; Makani Power, Inc. of Alameda, CA, for an Airborne Wind Turbine; Sustainable Energy Solutions of Provo, UT, for Cryogenic Carbon Capture technologies; and Teledyne Scientific & Imaging, LLC of Thousand Oaks, CA, for Optofluidic Solar Concentrators.

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image via US Department of Energy

“By investing in transformative ideas now, we are laying the foundation for a new clean energy future,” said Secretary Chu, in a statement. “The ARPA-E program is helping to ensure U.S. leadership in science and technology, restore our global competitiveness, and create thousands of jobs.” The proposals were reviewed based on scientific and technical merit and the potential to dramatically advance the nation’s energy and economic goals; full technical descriptions of the projects are available online.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.