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BYD electric bus. Image courtesy of BYD.

Clean Bus Planning Awards Support Fleet Electrification With Custom Transition Plans

Transit and school bus fleets across the nation are working hard to incorporate clean transportation solutions that help communities meet decarbonization goals and improve local health outcomes. However, planning for and deploying zero-emission fleets is a tall order, leaving many fleet managers with more questions than answers.

Kae Fink shows what a shredded battery looks like (“Vendor R” on the right); she recovered the purer materials on the left using a new recycling method she developed with other NREL researchers. Photo by Werner Slocum, NREL

U.S. DOE Announces $15 Million to Boost Collection of Used (Spent) Consumer Batteries at Retailers

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Manufacturing and Energy Supply Chains (MESC) today announced it is making up to $15 million available through President Biden’s Investing in America agenda to drive recovery of spent consumer batteries at retailers that can be sent to recyclers.

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Distributed Energy Resource Cybersecurity Framework Tool Shines in Solar Cybersecurity Assessment

As the world pushes for sustainable energy, the spotlight turns to distributed energy resources (DERs), with solar photovoltaic (PV) systems at the forefront. In the quest for decarbonization, a shining star emerges—the Distributed Energy Resource Cybersecurity Framework (DER-CF).Unveiled at the 2023 IEEE Power and Energy Society’s Innovative Smart Grid Technologies conference, a new paper by National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) researchers sheds light on the importance of securing solar energy.

ORNL study projects how geothermal heat pumps that derive heating and cooling from the ground would improve grid reliability and reduce costs and carbon emissions when widely deployed. Credit: Chad Malone/ ORNL, U.S. Dept. of Energy

New Study Projects Geothermal Heat Pumps’ Impact On Carbon Emissions & Electrical Grid by 2050

A modeling analysis led by the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory gives the first detailed look at how geothermal … [continued]