DOE/BES Proposes Energy Frontier Research Centers

February 16, 2008

To build a future of energy security, we must trust in the creative genius of American researchers and entrepreneurs and empower them to pioneer a new generation of clean energy technology.- President George W. Bush, 2008 State of the Union Address

All is not bad in Washington. The DOE Office of Basic Energy Sciences is seeing a big budget increase in the FY09 budget, and is proposing spending a large portion of that increase on creating a number of Energy Frontier Research Centers, each having a budget of $2M-$5M per year. Seems extremely well thought-out from both a scientific and a social level. The amount is enough to allow centers to think big, but not so big that many different solutions can be funded and tried out. And they seem to have a good range of problems in mind.

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