Is The Toyota Prius Part Of The Smart Grid Solution?

Posted on September 16th, 2010 by

Are Toyota Prius’s part of the smart grid solution, 14 states recognized for their energy efficiency programs by The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, the DOE makes an investment of $77 million towards clean energy and geothermal projects.

A new collaboration project between the DOE’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory, The University of Colorado at Boulder and Toyota will study a plug-in hybrid vehicle’s impact on household experiences in a “smart grid” environment. Over the course of the next two years, 18 Toyota Prius’s will be used and observed during n 3-month stints at 108 homes in Boulder. During this timeframe, data on vehicle performance and electricity usage, as well as how households interact with vehicle feedback through “smart grid” technology will be collected and analyzed.

Eighteen state run energy programs have been recognized by The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) for their effectiveness and scope.  The Colorado Governor’s Energy Office:  Colorado ENERGY STAR New Homes Program, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority: Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Demonstration Program, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority: Wastewater Efficiency Program, Hawaii Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism: Lead by Example Program, and the Maryland Energy Administration: Maryland Statewide Farm Energy Audit Program were recognized as the top five award-winning programs.

The DOE has announced that they will allocate $57 million to support the small businesses commercialization of clean energy technologies and another $20 million to fund geothermal projects. 33 small businesses will receive funding to develop manufacturing process that will allow companies like the Universal Display Corporation and Applied Nanotech  scale their production capacity. Universal Display is currently researching and developing energy saving phosphorescent OLED Luminaires and Applied Nanotech  is developing a High Capacity Manufacturing process of Non-Contact, Printable Metallic Inks for Silicon Solar Cells. Seven projects will receive the $20 million that’s been allocated for geothermal funding. These seven projects will demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of non-conventional geothermal energy technologies in three research areas: low temperature fluids, geothermal fluids recovered from oil and gas wells, and highly pressurized geothermal fluids. Louisiana Geothermal and NRG Energy both received $5 million to demonstrate highly pressurized or geo-pressured fluid processes, which is the high amount awarded to a single company.

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