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Testing Smart Energy-Management Systems

In the SmartEnergyLab, scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg, Germany are investigating how to network various electrical household appliances and operate them remotely. The researchers can analyze, assess, and develop almost any energy-management system for controlling power and heat.

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Today, National Instruments announced its 2011 Green Engineering Grant program for the rapid design, prototyping, and commercialization of new green technology. The grant will provide access to up to $25,000 equivalent in NI LabVIEW graphical system design software tools and training to eligible startups. Posted in: GDM, News, News, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Energy Storage, Green Design & Manufacturing, Smart Grid, Transportation Read More >> Software Helps NASA Design One of the Greenest Federal Buildings Autodesk® Revit® Architecture and Autodesk® Revit® Structure softwareGeneral Dynamics SATCOMAutodeskSan Rafael, CA415-507-5000www.autodesk.com NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, CA conducts critical research and development for the space agency, with a primary focus on supercomputing, networking, and intelligent systems. Recently, NASA Ames initiated work on the Sustainability Base, a$20.6-million facility designed to surpass standards for LEED Platinum™ sustainable design certification and approach net-zero energy consumption. When complete, it will be one of the federal system’s greenest buildings, and the first new NASA Ames facility in 20 years.

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Spectroelectrochemical Instrument Measures TOC

A spectroelectrochemical instrument has been developed for measuring the total organic carbon (TOC) content of an aqueous solution. Measurements of TOC are frequently performed in environmental, clinical, and industrial settings. Until now, techniques for performing such measurements have included, variously, the use of hazardous reagents, ultraviolet light, or ovens, to promote reactions in which the carbon contents are oxidized.

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The DOE's Fuel Cell Technologies Program is offering up to $12 million to advance hydrogen storage technologies for use in fuel cell powered vehicles and other applications. The funding will be made available for applied research and development projects in two topic areas. Posted in: GDM, News, News, Alternative Fuels, Energy, Energy Storage, Government, Green Design & Manufacturing, Transportation Read More >> Technique Boosts High-Power Potential For Gallium Nitride Electronics Gallium nitride (GaN) material holds promise for emerging high-power devices that are more energy efficient than existing technologies – but these GaN devices traditionally break down when exposed to high voltages. Now researchers at North Carolina State University have solved the problem, introducing a buffer that allows the GaN devices to handle 10 times greater power. Posted in: GDM, News, News, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, Green Design & Manufacturing, Smart Grid Read More >> Looking to Cow Rumen for Better Biofuels Enzymes A cow's digestive system allows it to eat more than 150 pounds of plant matter every day. Now researchers report that they have found dozens of previously unknown microbial enzymes in the bovine rumen – the cow's primary grass-digestion chamber – that contribute to the breakdown of switchgrass, a renewable biofuel energy source. Posted in: GDM, News, News, Biomass, Energy, Renewable Energy, Green Design & Manufacturing, Greenhouse Gases Read More >> Fuel Cell Research and Development Funding Opportunity Fuel cells use the chemical energy of hydrogen or other fuels to efficiently produce electricity or heat with minimal byproducts, primarily water. The DOE is accepting applications for a total of up to$74 million to support the research and development of clean, reliable fuel cells for stationary and transportation applications.

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Solar Reactor Converts Carbon Dioxide and Water Into Fuel

Cerium oxide — or ceria — is a common metal most famously used in self-cleaning ovens, and it is the centerpiece of a new technology from California Institute of Technology that concentrates solar energy and uses it to efficiently convert carbon dioxide and water into fuels.

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