Weekly Clean Energy Roundup

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"From car shows to wind farms, clean energy makes strides."

Detroit International Auto Show Spotlights Hybrids

Ford is displaying two next-generation hybrid vehicles: its C-MAX Hybrid and its first production plug-in hybrid, the C-MAX Energi. Both are based on the new Ford C-MAX five-passenger multi-activity vehicle. The models will be built alongside the 2012 Ford Focus and Focus Electric at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan. Meanwhile, General Motor Co.'s Chevy Volt continued to receive accolades.

Argonne Lab Licenses Advanced Battery Cell for Volt

DOE's Argonne National Lab announced a licensing agreement with LG Chem, Ltd. to make and use Argonne's patented cathode material technology in lithium-ion (Li) battery cells.  The lab also announced an agreement with General Motors to use its composite cathode material to make advanced Li batteries for GM's Chevy Volt.

9th Commercial Solar Project on Public Lands Approved

On December 20, the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) approved the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project in Nevada.

The 110 MW concentrating solar tower plant (to be sited on 2,250 acres of public land) will produce electricity for 75,000 Nevada households. The project, proposed by SolarReserve's Tonopah Solar Energy, LLC of Santa Monica, California, will generate about 450-500 solar jobs.

9th Commercial Solar Project on Public Lands Approved

On December 20, the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) approved the Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project in Nevada.

Final Permits Granted for Cape Wind Project

The U.S. EPA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have issued permits for the Cape Wind Project, completing the federal permitting phase for the 130-turbine offshore wind farm in Nantucket Sound, Massachusetts.

$74 Million for Fuel Cell Research and Development

DOE is accepting applications for up to $74 million to support research and development (R&D) of fuel cells for stationary applications such as buildings and  transportation.

Economic Recovery in Asia Drives Global Oil Demand

World oil demand reached an all-time quarterly high in the third quarter of 2010, according to analysts at Wood Mackenzie, and oil demand for the year as a whole might also reach a new record high.

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