ANSI highlights current alternative energy initiatives.
Press Release Summary:
November 10, 2010 - Scientists at Helios project are working to mimic photosynthesis, with goal of harnessing sun's energy to replace fossil fuels, and turn CO2 into ethanol or another alcohol for use in cars. It is joint initiative between University of California, Berkeley, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, part of ANSI member U.S. DoE. ANSI is also convening standards-needs assessment workshop in 2011 to address electric vehicles, while IEC General Meeting in October covered various energy issues.
Original Press Release
Plugging into Alternative Energy Technologies, at ANSI and Beyond
Press release date: November 5, 2010
Tailpipe exhaust from gasoline-run cars accounts for twenty percent of the world's carbon dioxide emissions. Electric vehicles (EVs) run on batteries charged by common electricity and produce no emissions. As battery technology for electric vehicles continues to advance, EVs are expected to have a major impact on the overall auto industry. ANSI is convening a standards-needs assessment workshop in the spring of 2011 to address electric vehicles. Specifically, the workshop will consider the standards and codes needed to facilitate the successful introduction and widespread acceptance and deployment of light-, medium-, and heavy-duty electric vehicles that must be connected to the electric grid for purposes of recharging. The workshop is being organized on behalf of Battelle Energy Alliance, operator of DOE's Idaho National Laboratory. [see related news item] Nuclear Energy
Nuclear energy can be harnessed as a clean source of power free of pollution and emissions. In fact, nuclear energy is currently used to power roughly twenty percent of the country. To address and respond to the current needs of the nuclear industry, ANSI and the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) formed the Nuclear Energy Standards Coordination Collaborative (NESCC) in 2009. The NESCC works to facilitate the timely identification, development, and revision of standards for the design, operation, development, licensing, and deployment of nuclear power plants. Standards for other nuclear technologies, including advanced reactor concepts, will also be addressed. The NESCC will hold its next meeting on Monday, November 22, 2010, at NIST headquarters in Gaithersburg, MD. Participation is open to all stakeholders representing standards developing organizations, consortia and other forums, industry, government, and consumers. For more information or to register, click here. Greenhouse Gas Reductions
With a growing global awareness of the need for environmental responsibility, many organizations are looking to demonstrate their efforts to inventory, report, and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In order to assure the credibility of their claims, many organizations are turning to third-party bodies to validate and verify their emission assertions. The ANSI offers an accreditation program for organizations providing third-party validation/verification services for the reduction and removal of GHGs. ANSI accreditation enhances the credibility and value of the process by attesting to the competence and qualification of validation/verification bodies to perform these duties. Applicable to a broad range of industries, the ANSI GHG accreditation program operates according to requirements defined in the international standards developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Emerging Energy Alternatives
An open council session on energy generation, distribution, and conservation was held on October 15 as part of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 2010 General Meeting in Seattle, hosted by the U.S. National Committee (USNC) of the IEC. The USNC is a fully integrated committee of ANSI and serves as the official U.S. representative to the IEC. The event featured panel discussions on "hot button" energy issues led by high-level experts in such areas as electric vehicles, Smart Grid, fuel cells, solar photovoltaic energy systems, nuclear energy, and wind and wave energy.