FUNDING & POLICY
March 6, 2009
Chu to Congress: more research
Research was a major theme of energy
secretary Steven Chu's statement
to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources yesterday.
He called for increasing funding for energy research.
Chu noted that the president's budget proposal for fiscal
year 2010 increases funding for the Department of Energy's Office
of Science beyond the $1.6 billion allocated in the recently passed
Chu also outlined the department's plan to refocus research
funding on developing science and engineering talent, supporting research
towards transformational technologies, expanding collaborations and
improving connections between Department of Energy researchers and
the private sector.
The five key areas of transformational research, according
to Chu, are cellulose biofuels, car batteries with two to three times
the energy density of today's batteries, solar cells that are five
times cheaper than today's, design tools for energy-efficient buildings
and large-scale energy storage for renewable energy sources.
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