America's Energy Future: Energy Efficiency Technologies: Opportunities, Risks, and Tradeoffs

This panel will examine the potential for reducing energy demand through improving efficiency in transportation, buildings, and industrial processes using (1) existing technologies, (2) technologies developed but not yet utilized widely, and (3) prospective technologies. In keeping with the charge to the overall scope of the America's Energy Future Study Committee, the panel will not recommend policy choices, but will assess the state of development of technologies. The energy efficiency panel will evaluate technologies based on their estimated times to initial commercial deployment and will provide the following information for each: " Initial deployment times less than 10 years: costs, performance, and impacts; " Deployment times of 10 to 25 years: barriers, implications for costs and R&amp;D challenges/needs; " Deployment times greater than 25 years: barriers and R&amp;D challenges/needs, especially basic research needs. The primary focus of the study will be on the quantitative characterization of technologies with initial deployment times < 10 years. The panel will provide details on the technical potential of improving efficient use of energy in the U.S. using existing technologies as well as consider the applicability of existing technologies in other nations. It will also assess the potential for energy efficiency improvement using technologies developed but not yet utilized widely in the U.S. or abroad, and using prospective technologies with substantial likelihood of commercial use during the three deployment timescales described above.


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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Department of Energy

    Office of Transportation Systems
    Washington, DC  USA  20585

    Dow Chemical Company


    National Academy of Sciences

    500 5th Street, N.W.
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Woodruff, Madeline

  • Performing Organizations:

    Transportation Research Board

    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20001
  • Start Date: 20070700
  • Source Data: RiP Project 19953

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01459729
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Academy of Sciences
  • Contract Numbers: DEPS-L-07-02-B
  • Files: RiP
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:11PM