A Broad Energy R&D Portfolio as a Bipartisan Approach to Climate

Developing a broad and effective portfolio of low-carbon energy technology options could provide the common ground on which conservatives and liberals agree to approach climate change. In the recent Issues in Sciences and Technology article, “Breaking the Climate Deadlock,” authors David Garman, Kerry Emanuel, and Bruce Phillips recommend a portfolio approach to the low-carbon technology development Read more about A Broad Energy R&D Portfolio as a Bipartisan Approach to Climate[…]

General Motors & NREL R&D Collaboration Follows in Steps of Past Energy Innovation Partnership Success

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) recently announced that it will partner with General Motors (GM) to reduce automotive fuel cell costs through manufacturing research and development. NREL will work with GM to address current complications to next-generation fuel cell electric vehicles such as achieving high power densities, understanding the implication of contaminants for fuel Read more about General Motors & NREL R&D Collaboration Follows in Steps of Past Energy Innovation Partnership Success[…]

AEIC Principal Bill Gates on the Need for “Energy Miracles”

Yesterday, AEIC Principal and Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates addressed the challenges of our global energy future on its current trajectory. With global greenhouse gas emissions rising and energy demand growing worldwide, Gates concludes innovation is critical to make clean energy technology affordable enough for the whole world to use. The U.S. government has made contributions Read more about AEIC Principal Bill Gates on the Need for “Energy Miracles”[…]

AEIC releases case study on public-private partnerships in vehicle technology development

AEIC staff release case study on public-private partnerships for vehicle technologies

To relieve American dependence on oil, the federal government invests in innovations to make vehicles more efficient and developing alternatives to oil, primarily through broad collaborative R&D partnerships between the federal government and U.S. automakers and fuel providers. While the Partnership for a New Generation of Vehicles (1993-2002), the FreedomCAR and Fuels partnership (2002-2011), and Read more about AEIC staff release case study on public-private partnerships for vehicle technologies[…]

Cost Reduction of Silicon Solar

Clean energy innovation and deployment policies work best in concert

Recently, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation’s (ITIF) released its report, “Challenging the Clean Energy Deployment Consensus.” Provocative in tone, the report argues that a transition to a low-carbon energy system requires the development of new energy technologies that are much less expensive than the existing suite of clean energy technologies. The report concludes with Read more about Clean energy innovation and deployment policies work best in concert[…]

AEIC releases case study on the government role in gas turbine technology development

AEIC staff release case study on government role in gas turbine development

When the US government spurred the development of jet engines during and after World War II, no one guessed that decades later the same technology would be adapted for electricity generation. Today, gas turbine derived from jet engines–called “aeroderivative” gas turbines–provide flexibility for managing peak electricity demand and integrating increasing levels of variable wind and Read more about AEIC staff release case study on government role in gas turbine development[…]

Public Energy R&D Spending, 1978-2009

Four charts that show the U.S. spends too little on energy research

At his confirmation hearing last week, Energy Secretary nominee Ernest Moniz told the Senate that the United States spends far too little on energy R&D. “We are underinvesting by a factor of three,” he said, directly citing AEIC’s previous statements. Indeed, although U.S. energy R&D has been growing in recent years, levels are still below Read more about Four charts that show the U.S. spends too little on energy research[…]

AEIC releases 3 cases on the government role in energy technology innovation

AEIC staff release case studies on government role in energy innovation

In the last half century, American companies have developed the technologies and established the businesses that shape the world’s energy systems today. American companies have led in energy innovation in large part because they are supported by our federal government’s commitment to driving innovation. Acting as a catalyst or instigator, the federal government can quicken Read more about AEIC staff release case studies on government role in energy innovation[…]

arpa-e

ARPA-e provides catalytic funding for energy innovation

Republicans are praising a clean energy program supported by President Obama for a reason. ARPA-e is about catalytic funding of energy innovation–small grants that help develop promising new high-risk, high-reward technologies. ARPA-e’s employees themselves are on time-limited assignments, helping the agency avoid bureaucratic stasis that can affect other government R&D. And the funding is spread Read more about ARPA-e provides catalytic funding for energy innovation[…]

Artificial Retina developed with DOE support

Federal energy R&D helps the blind see anew

Today, the F.D.A. approved the first use of artificial retina technology to give limited vision to the blind. While some financing came from the private sector, major support for the development came from Department of Energy , along with other federal agencies. Specifically, through the Artificial Retina Project, DOE funded several national laboratories to work Read more about Federal energy R&D helps the blind see anew[…]