Thursday, February 3, 2011

Obama Spotlights Energy Efficiency Work at Penn St

Jim Freihaut thinks he might be on the verge of one of those "Sputnik moments" that President Barack Obama referred to in his State of the Union speech. The Penn State scientist wants to transform the building industry by making energy-efficient renovations more affordable. The administration is so interested that Obama plans to get a firsthand look at Freihaut's lab during a scheduled stop Thursday in State College. These days, the goals are more down to earth. The Department of Energy has designated three Innovation Hubs, one of which Freihaut leads, to focus on technology that has the potential to reduce dependence on imported oil and greenhouse gas emissions. The California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Calif., and the Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory in Berkley, Calif., lead one hub focused on sun-derived fuels. More>