Historically, energy innovation has rarely become highly politicized because Republicans, Democrats and independents share a common interest in scientific breakthroughs and technological progress that improve people’s lives.
In 2009 and 2010, federal funding for energy R&D through the Department of Energy reached $6 billion (in 2014 dollars).
Tight federal budgets are one reason why energy technology R&D has stagnated, but you can blame politics as well.
The government is spending far too little money on energy research, putting at risk the long-term goals of reducing carbon emissions and alleviating energy poverty.
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[…]
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”[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]
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[…]