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Solar Energy Research Center Breaks Ground: Converting Sunlight Into Transportation Fuel

SustainableBusiness.com -- At a new building under construction at Lawrence Berkeley Lab, 75 scientists will do research on converting solar energy into transportation fuels.

Their ultimate goal is to move from fundamental to applied research and technology development, setting the stage for a direct solar fuels industry.

"Finding a cost-effective way to produce fuels as plants do -combining sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide - would be a game changer, reducing our dependence on oil and enhancing energy security," said Daniel Poneman, Deputy Secretary of Energy .

The Department of Energy (DOE) lab just broke ground on the Solar Energy Research Center. The 40,000 square-foot, building will be ready in late 2014 at a cost of $54 million. It's targeting LEED-Silver certification and will have a green roof.


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remay
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2012 5:36:38 AM

Need to pursue ALL type of renewable and/or alternative forms of energy (to fossil fuel).
52MPG
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Message Posted: Oct 29, 2012 12:02:32 AM

Yet another government project.
LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2012 10:21:53 PM


Very good article, thanks for posting!
niceguytx
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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2012 2:40:51 PM

More government money for renewable energy. I hope this works out.
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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2012 10:17:57 AM

Looking towards the future.
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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2012 8:34:07 AM

Excellent...another source other than big oil...
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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2012 6:51:08 AM

It's been done.
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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2012 12:25:02 AM

On Oct 27, 2012 9:46:07 PM, CptnCanada wrote:

>So many negative people on here... I am surprised they bought computers...

I am always amused when people use the Internet and the World Wide Web to whine about Government R&D projects. Remember, the whole thing was done under Government R&D projects. I doubt we would have much in the way of computers had it not been for NASA and the Department of Defense.
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Humh!
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 11:01:49 PM

cool
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 11:00:02 PM

The DOE needs to go!!! We're tired of them wasting
our hard earned money
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 10:58:16 PM

more like breaking our taxes into political payola for something that is not going to actually work for the rest of us.
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 10:57:35 PM


Makes sense to me!
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GOOD...
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 10:44:16 PM

I agree with DEG's comment. Just another spendthrift action by the administration that will more than likely fill someones pockets instead of having any real benefit for the country. I hope I'm wrong, but that seems to be the same old story of the last 4 years.
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 10:42:53 PM

And when will this be made affordable on the open market without Government "Help"?
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 10:40:32 PM

The government shouldn't be wasting taxpayer $$$ on this technology at this time. The country is too far in debt and return on investment is not likely over the next 50 years.
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 10:40:13 PM

good
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 10:39:57 PM

Works for me.
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 10:39:36 PM

I like it
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 10:38:43 PM

Yeah and they told us by now we would all have flying cars.
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 10:35:56 PM

R & D....
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 10:34:23 PM

Solar for Road sign should be a must
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 10:31:17 PM

More taxpayer money wasted on something that will never pan out.
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 10:28:35 PM

Good luck for success
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 10:28:13 PM

If only it would work as well as the other government backed solar businesses that our leaders have given money to for donations to their political party race.
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 10:26:21 PM

ok
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Have at it
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 10:23:29 PM

oh boy
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Will see where it go's.
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ok
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 10:13:54 PM

Big foreign oil will never let any other fuel be developed.
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 10:11:40 PM

ready in late 2014, when do we see ROI on our $54 mil?
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 10:09:53 PM

cool
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Great!
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ok
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 10:07:03 PM

Old news.
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 10:05:38 PM

Great but keep the technology and manufacturing here in the US.
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 10:02:05 PM

Designed them here, now make them here-not in China.
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 9:59:48 PM

sounds like a waste of money.
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ok
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gubberment loves spending our money. hell just print more. dumb asses
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We need to do the best we can to find reasonable alternative energy.
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 9:57:50 PM

Interesting
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 9:55:49 PM

$54 million of OUR tax dollars...
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ok
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 9:55:14 PM

Keep Subsidizer In Chief Obama away from away from the project or else it is doomed for failure!!!
a14morfun
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 9:55:04 PM

Solar cells already convert sunlight into electricity for powering vehicles.
So what's up with this?
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Message Posted: Oct 27, 2012 9:54:18 PM


People are using solar on buildings around here with great success.
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My tax money hard at work...
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If the govt is invovlved, it will go belly-up in no time.
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