Penn Faculty Receive Alternative Energy Project Grants

Alternative energy research projects involving four faculty members from the University of Pennsylvania have been awarded grants from the Energy Commercialization Institute, a translational-research partnership that draws upon several regional universities.

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 To address the challenges imposed by the rapidly evolving global energy market, ARPA-E seeks to support transformational research in all areas of energy R&D, including resource identification, extraction, transportation and use, and energy generation, storage, transmission and use in both the transportation and stationary power sectors.  Areas of research responsive to this FOA include (but are not limited to) electricity generation by both renewable and non-renewable means, electricity transmission, storage, and distribution; energy efficiency for buildings, manufacturing an

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Energy Commercialization Institute (ECI) Funding 2011

The Energy Commercialization Institute (ECI) announces two new funding opportunities:

1. The Energy Translational Research Fund (ETRF) is now accepting proposals for grants of up to $150,000 directly to institutional researchers to support projects with a high degree of potential commercial success. The deadline for preproposal submissions has been extended to Dec. 15, 2011.

Energy Innovation Summit (ARPA-E)

ARPA-E Energy Innovation SummitFebruary 27 - 29, 2012
Gaylord Convention Center
Washington, D.C.

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Why California Has Nearly Quadrupled Solar Installations Since Last Year

In the first four months of 2010, California solar applications totaled nearly much as in all four quarters last year, according to Mark Bachman of Auriga USA. Through all of 2009, Californians installed 265 MW on their rooftops, about the size of one typical electric power station. This year we have collectively already installed another 252 MW – just through April. In a piece at Forbes, Bachman attributes the “staggering increase” to the solar panel price drop. But actually, my experience tells me it was something different.

Big Utilities Weigh in on New Climate Change Bill, the American Power Act

If the early returns are any measure, some heavy hitters are lining up in support of the American Power Act .  Among those issuing statements in support today are Duke Energy Corp. , a major utility company which has been dipping into the distributed solar market .   The company's CEO, Jim Rogers, has also been known to voice criticism of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's anti-science position on climate change .