A nearly daily update of energy-related news:
- Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz stated that the one of the DOE’s top priorities is “Mission Innovation,” an initiative to expedite innovation in global clean energy, including nuclear energy. This initiative was announced in last year’s Paris climate summit and commits 20 countries (including the U.S.) to double their investments in clean energy research over the next five years.
- In the SEIA’s Solar Market Insight 2015 Q4 report, 2015 had a 16 percent increase (over 2014) in installed solar PVs with 7,260 MWdc deployed. Residential PV was the fastest-growing sector within the U.S. solar market with more than 2 GWdc installed, a 66 percent increase over 2014.
- The Scotland-based Tracked Electric Vehicle project allows battery-powered cars to recharge while they are driving through an electrified metal strip embedded in the road. This concept works similar to streetcars and subway trains with the metal strip providing a constant source of power to the EV. The first trial road will be built in 2017 at an estimated cost of $1.2 million per mile, less than that of a traditional highway.