New track for converting waste heat to electricity

Read the full story from Chalmers University of Technology.

Huge amounts of energy are lost every day in the form of waste heat. Now an interdisciplinary project at Chalmers has found that a special class of material – high-entropy alloys – can open the door to efficient heat recycling.

Boosting energy efficiency is an important element of the transition to a sustainable energy system. There are big savings to be made. For example, less than half the energy content of diesel is actually used to power a diesel truck. The rest is lost, mostly in the form of heat. Many industrial processes also deal with the problem of excessive waste heat.

That’s why many research teams are working to develop thermoelectric materials – materials that can convert waste heat into energy. But it’s no easy task. To efficiently convert heat to electricity, the materials need to be good at conducting electricity, but at the same time poor at conducting heat. For many materials, that’s a contradiction in terms.

Webinar: Complying with the Clean Power Plan: An Opportunity for the Industrial Sector

Thu, May 19, 2016 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT
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This is the third webinar in ACEEE’s series: Energy Efficiency and the Clean Power Plan.

The industrial sector represents a big opportunity for low-cost energy savings from utility energy efficiency programs. During this webinar we will hear from Meegan Kelly, ACEEE’s senior research analyst for industry, who will discuss the value of industrial energy efficiency programs and highlight the benefits of participating in them. We will also hear from Cassandra Kubes, ACEEE’s environmental policy analyst, about how these programs help states comply with the Clean Power Plan. Attendees will learn how industrial energy efficiency and combined heat and power (CHP) provide emission reductions and why states can’t afford to ignore industrial efficiency as they piece together compliance plans.

Visit ACEEE’s Clean Power Plan webpage ( for links to recordings of each webinar as they become available, along with our resources on incorporating energy efficiency as a compliance strategy. Please contact Cassandra Kubes ( for more information about this webinar series.

Webinar: Planning and Budgeting for the Evaluation of Energy Efficiency Programs

Date: Monday, May 23, 2016
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM (CDT)
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Please join the U.S. Department of Energy and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in collaboration with EPA for the first in a new series of webinars designed to support states considering and implementing evaluation, measurement and verification (EM&V) activities to document energy savings and other impacts of energy efficiency programs. In this webinar our panel of experts will discuss how states are establishing infrastructures, plans and budgets for their evaluations of efficiency programs funded by utility customers (ratepayers). State representatives who have developed EM&V strategies will share their experiences and lessons learned.

Topics covered:

  1. EM&V Planning Basics and Frameworks — Steven Schiller, Senior Advisor, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  2. State Examples of Planning Processes and Lessons Learned — Jennifer Meissner, Program Manager for Evaluation, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority; Katie Rich, Director, Infrastructure Policy & Homeland Security Coordinator, Public Utility Commission of Texas; Fred Gordon, Director of Planning and Evaluation, Energy Trust of Oregon
  3. Questions and Answers With Panel Members

Who should participate?

This webinar series is intended primarily for staff from public utility commissions, state energy offices, state environment departments, and non-profit organizations and offers an opportunity to engage with others in similar roles. The webinars will be of particular value for state officials starting or expanding their EM&V methods for a wide range of efficiency activities including utility customer-funded programs, building energy codes, appliance and equipment standards, energy savings performance contracting, and efficiency programs that support pollution reduction goals or regulations. Evaluation consultants, utilities, consumer organizations and other stakeholders also are welcome to participate.

What topics are covered in this webinar series?

EM&V documents energy and demand savings as well as environmental benefits and market effects to determine performance of efficiency activities with respect to defined goals. EM&V can also be used to evaluate processes to improve implementation of efficiency programs. In this and future webinars we will provide an overview of the who, what, when, where, why and how of EM&V used to document energy savings and other impacts of efficiency programs.

Information on the webinar series, webinar slides and recordings, and additional EM&V resources are available here.

Cleveland Clinic establishes $7.5 million Green Revolving Fund

Read the full story from Crain’s Cleveland Business.

Cleveland Clinic announced the establishment of a $7.5 million Green Revolving Fund — the largest of its kind among U.S. health care systems, it says.

Energy efficiency projects pull money from the fund, which then is replenished by reinvesting the savings from reduced energy consumption as well as rebates.

Nationally, the $7.5 million annual commitment, announced during the Better Buildings Summit in Washington, D.C., is one of the largest in any business sector.

Funding opp: Modular Chemical Process Intensification Institute for Clean Energy Manufacturing

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  • Concept Paper Submission Deadline: 6/15/2016 5:00 PM ET
  • Full Application Submission Deadline: 8/17/2016 5:00 PM ET

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), invests in cutting-edge research, development, and demonstration activities focused on sustainable transportation, renewable power, and energy efficiency. A core element of EERE’s mission is to enhance U.S. global competitiveness in innovation and manufacturing in emerging clean energy industries. To address this core element, EERE launched its Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI) in 2013 with the goal of significantly increasing U.S. manufacturing competitiveness in the production of clean energy products and in domestic manufacturing across the board by increasing industrial energy productivity. EERE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) plays a key role in executing the mission for CEMI by supporting research and development projects, shared research facilities and technical consortia, and technical assistance programs.

AMO partners with private and public stakeholders to support the research, development, demonstration, and deployment (RDD&D) of innovative technologies that can improve U.S. competitiveness, save energy, and ensure global leadership in manufacturing of clean energy technologies as well as improve energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption in manufacturing. Specifically, AMO invests in cost‐shared RD&D activities in support of cross-cutting next generation materials and manufacturing processes that hold high potential to significantly improve energy efficiency and reduce energy-related emissions, industrial waste, and the life‐cycle energy consumption of manufactured products.

EERE’s AMO establishes Manufacturing Innovation Institutes in the President’s National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) as shared research, development, and demonstration facilities to overcome cross-cutting challenges related to the manufacturing of clean energy and energy efficiency products, in addition to challenges associated with improving the energy efficiency of the manufacturing sector across the board.

This FOA supports the establishment of a Manufacturing Innovation Institute on Modular Chemical Process Intensification for Clean Energy Manufacturing. Modular chemical process intensification represents an emerging opportunity for processing industries in the U.S. manufacturing sector to improve energy efficiency, reduce feedstock waste, and improve productivity by merging and integrating separate unit processes (mixing, reactions, separation) into single modular hardware elements of reduced size, with higher efficiency and providing inherent scalability.

Just How Much Power Do Your Electronics Use When They Are ‘Off’?

Read the full story in the New York Times.

Once upon a time, there was a difference between on and off. Now, it’s more complicated: Roughly 50 devices and appliances in the typical American household are always drawing power, even when they appear to be off, estimates Alan Meier, a senior scientist at the Department of Energy’s Berkeley Lab.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Modular Chemical Process Intensification Institute for Clean Energy Manufacturing

The Energy Department requested proposals for a new Clean Energy Manufacturing Innovation Institute as part of the Administration’s broader National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI), which drives collaboration between small- and medium-sized companies, academic institutions, industrial research organizations, and national laboratories.

The Modular Chemical Process Intensification Institute – the fourth led by the Energy Department within the NNMI – represents a critical step in the Administration’s effort to double U.S. energy productivity by 2030. It will focus on developing breakthrough technologies to increase the energy efficiency of manufacturing processes used across an array of U.S. industries.

Proposals for this $70 million funding opportunity announcement are due June 15, 2016.

The Department will also conduct an informational webinar on May 11, 2016 at 3:00pm EDT. This webinar will provide an opportunity to learn more about the program and current solicitation, and ask questions regarding funding opportunity announcement procedures.

To register for this informational webinar, please click here.

In addition to today’s request for proposals, the Department is announcing that the topic of the fifth Energy Department-led institute will be Reducing Embodied Energy and Emissions of Manufactured Materials, focused on lowering energy use through the development of innovative recycling and remanufacturing technologies. More information about the fifth institute will be announced by the end of May 2016.

To access the full funding opportunity announcement, please click here.

To access the official DOE press announcement, please click here.