Gulf Oil Spill Officially Ends & X-Prize Automotive Winners Announced

Posted on September 20th, 2010 by

The worst oil spill in the history of the US finally comes to a close, well kind of, Connecticut to subsidize solar photovoltaic concepts, and which companies received the $10 million Progressive Automotive X-Prize.

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill has officially ending. Yesterday, BP and U.S. authorities announced that the final stages of the well kill operation on the MC252 well had been completed. Here’s a timeline of what took place this weekend. BP began installing cement to plug the blowout on Friday. The Department of the Interior officially proclaimed the well dead at 6:54 a.m. EST, once pressure tests taken yesterday confirmed that the sealing had no leaks. The announcement puts an end to a 5-month battle to end the worst oil spill in United States history.

The Connecticut Clean Energy Fund has announced that it has reopened its Commercial Solar Photovoltaic Program. Companies can now submit proposals for claiming some of the $3.0 million dollars that’s been allocated by ARRA money for solar photovoltaics. The fund is allowing pubic, non-profit and for-profit institutions to submit proposals for the money.

The X PRIZE Foundation, has awarded its $10 million Progressive Automotive X-Prize to 3 teams. A total of 111 teams showcased 136 vehicles in an attempt to received part of the $10 million prize. The contest was to submit a new generation of viable, safe and super fuel-efficient vehicles capable of achieving 100 miles per gallon or the energy equivalent (MPGe).  Edison2 of Lynchburg, Virginia was awarded $5million for its 102.5 MPGe E-85 ethanol car. $2.5 million was awarded to X-Tracer of Winterthur, Switzerland for their 187 MPGe battery electric vehicle and Li-ion Motors Corp. of Mooresville, North Carolina for their 205.3MPGe battery electric “E-Tracer #79”. The next for these winners will now be to see if they can successfully commercialize their concepts. We at the Daily Energy Report want to congratulate you on your accomplishment and wish you best of luck.

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