Washington, DC – Today the Energy subcommittee of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee heard testimony from experts on technologies that will improve our ability to store energy and be more efficient in capturing the power of the sun.
Experts discussed their research in emerging clean energy technologies, such as artificial photosynthesis, which can be used to produce solar fuels and can potentially solve the problem of energy storage as well as provide us with a carbon free fuel for transportation. Other technologies included the use of quantum materials and superconductivity driving storage and energy efficiency to new heights, and lastly polymer electrolytes creating longer lasting, safer batteries. Witnesses included; Dr. Nate Lewis of California Institute of Technology, Dr. Daniel Scherson of Case Western Reserve University, Dr. Collin Broholm of Johns Hopkins University, and Dr. Daniel Hallinan Jr. Assistant Professor at Florida A&M University – Florida State University College of Engineering.
Rob Sargent, Environment America Energy Program Director, issued this statement:
“By shifting from dirty to clean energy, we’re tackling our environmental problems, protecting the health of our kids and our grandkids with the added benefit of powering our economy with energy sources that have no fuel costs. Today’s hearing provided a glimpse of a few of the many promising technologies and scientific developments in the works that can steadily move us to a clean energy future. There’s no shortage of pollution-free energy, like the sun and the wind. We just need to decide we want to capture these unlimited resources. The recent progress we’ve made on renewable energy should give us the confidence to take it to the next level with existing technologies. By advancing technologies, like many discussed today, American can move America to 100 percent clean, renewable energy.”