Energy Research at DOE:

Energy Research at DOE:

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In legislation appropriating funds for DOE's fiscal year (FY) 2000 energy RaD budget, the House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee directed an evaluation of the benefits that have accrued to the nation from the RaD conducted since 1978 in DOE's energy efficiency and fossil energy programs. In response to the congressional charge, the National Research Council formed the Committee on Benefits of DOE RaD on Energy Efficiency and Fossil Energy. From its inception, DOE's energy RaD program has been the subject of many outside evaluations. The present evaluation asks whether the benefits of the program have justified the considerable expenditure of public funds since DOE's formation in 1977, and, unlike earlier evaluations, it takes a comprehensive look at the actual outcomes of DOE's research over two decades.Was It Worth It? Energy Efficiency and Fossil Energy Research 1978 to 2000 Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems, ... ParadiGM hybrid system would be available worldwide, across a variety of market segments, from compacts to SUVs, starting in 2004. ... Ford plans hybrid Escape and Explorer vehicles in 2003. ... In addition there are se- vere technical problems remaining before it can be commercialized in significant volumes, notably the cost and a fuel infrastructure.

Title:Energy Research at DOE:
Author:Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems, Committee on Benefits of DOE R&D on Energy Efficiency and Fossil Energy, Board on Energy and Environmental Systems, National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences
Publisher:National Academies Press - 2001-11-12


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