A bipartisan infrastructure package is still on the horizon. Senate majority Leader Chuck Schumer said yesterday that he has the votes to move the $3.5 trillion package forward.

In other Capitol Hill news this week, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland confirmed that the Interior Department hopes to release their interim report on their review of oil, gas and coal leasing on federal lands and offshore waters very soon.

Meanwhile, gas prices are still high across the country with supply and demand being a key determining factor in the price of gas.

Want more energy news? Check out our top five news stories for the week below!


5New geothermal energy technology revolutionizing industry

Researchers have developed a new airlift approach to optimize geothermal pump technologies. WVU Today explains that this improved design will help to eliminate the line shaft pump, which creates limitations.

4The future of solar energy could be stick-on panels

Researchers are focused on the future of solar panels and how stick-on panels could help to bring solar power to more people. Electrek discusses the benefits of this new, lighter, and easier to install solar technology; and how the EU is supporting its growth. 

3Meet the world’s most powerful floating turbine

The Orbital Marine Power’s launch of the O2, the world’s most powerful floating turbine, is predicted to generate 2MW of energy. Slash Gear highlights how the O2 would be able to power 2000 homes with a 2200 carbon offset with energy captured from flowing tidal energy. 

2A new use for carbon dioxide

Italy’s Energy Dome is attempting to turn the previous problem of carbon dioxide into a solution by utilizing a system of condensing and expanding the compound to store energy at half the price of lithium batteries. New Atlas describes the process behind a new form of energy storage to disentangle the constant need for energy spiking and the global energy grid. 

1Lithium or hydrogen batteries being used in commercial vehicles?

Though hydrogen batteries provide longer durability and mileage capacity, users face limited availability as many countries are not equipped for a hydrogen charging network. Money Control writes about how to decipher the benefits and costs of using hydrogen over lithium batteries for transportation vehicles.