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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.

 

Category: Emerging Technologies

Emerging Technologies


Revolution Now: The Future Arrives for Five Clean Energy Technologies – 2016 Update

U.S. Dept. of  Energy, Sept. 2016.
http://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/2016/09/f33/Revolutiona%CC%82%E2%82%ACNow%202016%20Report_2.pdf

"Decades of investments by the federal government and industry in five key clean energy technologies are making an impact today. The cost of land-based wind power, utility and distributed photovoltaic (PV) solar power, light emitting diodes (LEDs), and electric vehicles (EVs) has fallen by 41% to as high as 94% since 2008. These cost reductions have enabled widespread adoption of these technologies with deployment increasing across the board."

DOE Announces Major Expansion of Crowdsourcing Initiative for Building Technologies

Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, U.S. Dept. of Energy, Apr. 12, 2016.
http://energy.gov/eere/buildings/articles/doe-announces-major-expansion-crowdsourcing-initiative-building-technologies

"The U.S. Department of Energy today announced a major expansion of its distinctive online crowdsourcing community for building technologies. Seeking to draw on the creativity and technical expertise of the American public, citizens can now submit their ideas to six open calls for innovation, with the chance to partner with a DOE national laboratory and a leading private sector partner."

Building Internet of Things: Emerging Tools for Green Buildings

Building Operating Management, Oct. 2015, by Robert Knight.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/green/article/Value-of-Internet-of-Things-to-Green-Buildings--16217

An article in 4-parts: Exploring the promise and challenge of the Building Internet of Things for facilities.
1) Value of Internet of Things to Green Buildings
2) IoT Lighting Controls Taking the Lead in Efficient, Green Applications
3) Complexity of Commercial Buildings a Challenge to IoT Applications
4) Big Future Predicted for IoT, but a Simple Definition Is Elusive

Building Internet of Things and Automated Demand Response

Building Operating Management, Oct. 2015, by Rita Tatum.
http://www.facilitiesnet.com/powercommunication/article/How-Internet-of-Things-Is-Automating-Demand-Response-Programs--16207

An article in 3-parts: Explores impact of the Internet of Things on how facilities communicate with electric utilities.
1) How Internet of Things Is Automating Demand Response Programs
2) How Automated Demand Response (ADR) Works in Power Utilization
3) How OpenADR Standard Aims to Help with Automated Demand Response

Controlling Networks of Microgrids Over the Industrial Internet

Solar Industry, Oct. 2015, by Lynne Canavan.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/issues/SI1510/FEAT_04_Controlling-Networks-Of-Microgrids-Over-The-Industrial-Internet.html

"The application of existing technologies to energy distribution will enable real-time control of renewable energy sources. With the introduction of smart power grids, all sectors of the energy industry are on the verge of a seismic shift. The enabling technologies of big data, data analytics and predictive maintenance are creating the industrial Internet that will make renewable energy assets responsive to demands in near real time."

Energy Department’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory Unveils New Crowdsourcing Website for Building Technologies

U.S. Department of Energy, EERE News Release, Mar. 2, 2015.
http://energy.gov/eere/articles/energy-department-s-oak-ridge-national-laboratory-unveils-new-crowdsourcing-website

"As part of the Energy Department's efforts to improve the energy efficiency of the nation's homes and buildings, lower energy costs, and enhance U.S. competitiveness in manufacturing, the Energy Department today launched the new Buildings Crowdsourcing Community website. Administered by the Department's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the new site, buildings.ideascale.com, will help technology innovators collect, share and evaluate input from customers and other stakeholders about next-generation building technologies."
Note: Deadline to participate is May 31, 2015.

FEMP Releases Top 20 List of Promising Technologies

FEMP Digest, U.S. Department of Energy, Feb. 9, 2015.
http://energy.gov/eere/femp/downloads/promising-technologies-list

"The Federal Energy Management Program’s [FEMP's] Promising Technologies List provides information about promising new and underutilized energy-saving technologies that are commercially available for deployment in the federal and commercial building sectors. The list includes twenty technologies with the largest potential for cost-effective energy savings if deployed throughout the federal sector, and previews a new FEMP database scheduled to go live in fall 2015."

Tree-Shaped Wind Turbines Blend Into the Scenery

Discovery News, Dec. 2014, by Tracy Staedter.
http://news.discovery.com/tech/alternative-power-sources/tree-shaped-wind-turbines-blend-into-the-scenery-141230.htm

"Seventy-two artificial leaves that work as micro-turbines adorn the branches and spin silently on a vertical axis. Cables and generators have been integrated into the leaves and branches in a way that puts them out of sight and sound. The beautiful and functional device is the brainchild of French entrepreneur Jérôme Michaud-Larivière, who said the idea for a tree-inspired wind generator came to him one day while sitting in a square, watching the leaves on nearby trees tremble in a breeze. He wondered if energy could be generated in a similar way."


Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide Used for Energy Storage Products

Energy Harvesting Journal, Dec. 2014.
http://www.energyharvestingjournal.com/articles/7140/atmospheric-carbon-dioxide-used-for-energy-storage-products

"Chemists and engineers at Oregon State University (OSU) have discovered a fascinating new way to take some of the atmospheric carbon dioxide that's causing the greenhouse effect and use it to make an advanced, high-value material for use in energy storage products."

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