Program evaluation (21 - 30 of 39 items)
Small Business Participation in the Department of Energy's Solar Energy Programs
EMD-80-119: Published: Sep 29, 1980. Publicly Released: Sep 29, 1980.
GAO was asked to review a number of matters regarding small business participation in the Department of Energy's (DOE) solar energy programs. The areas reviewed included: (1) the extent to which small businesses participate in the DOE solar energy programs; (2) the DOE efforts to encourage innovativeness by small businesses in the solar area; and (3) the background and experience key DOE officials...
U.S. Fast Breeder Reactor Program Needs Direction
EMD-80-81: Published: Sep 22, 1980. Publicly Released: Sep 22, 1980.
The Administration and Congress have not been able to agree on the future role of fast nuclear breeder reactors. They cannot decide whether to rely on nuclear power as a long- or short-term energy supply source. If a long-term future for nuclear power is desired, or even if a nuclear option is to be maintained, construction and operation of a fast breeder demonstration plant is needed. The date fo...
Liquefying Coal for Future Energy Needs
EMD-80-84: Published: Aug 12, 1980. Publicly Released: Aug 12, 1980.
Coal liquefaction, the conversion of coal to a clean-burning, low-sulfur-content fuel, is a technology that can augment petroleum-derived products such as gasoline and boiler fuels and help meet the requirement for large supplies of liquid fuel. Direct liquefaction produces liquids through the interaction of coal and hydrogen at high temperature and pressure. Indirect liquefaction involves the gas...
U.S. International Energy Research and Development Program Management
ID-80-14: Published: Feb 5, 1980. Publicly Released: Feb 5, 1980.
The Department of Energy's (DOE) efforts in cooperative international energy research and development arrangements were reviewed.The following needs were found: (1) mechanisms to identify potential cooperative international energy projects; (2) guidelines and criteria for determining a reasonable level of U.S. contribution; (3) opportunities for U.S. private sector competition; and (4) controls ov...
The Participation of KMS Fusion, Inc., in the Department of Energy's Laser Fusion Program
EMD-78-67: Published: May 4, 1978. Publicly Released: May 4, 1978.
A 1976 contract between the Energy Research and Development Administration, now the Department of Energy (DOE), and KMS Fusion Inc. (KMS) covered the setting up and operation of a new laser, target experiments, target design and fabrication, and laser fusion theory. A 1977 contract provided for correcting problems with the laser system and further work in the areas of the 1976 contract. KMS has fu...
Determination of the Respective Roles and Reporting Structure for the Solar Energy Research Institute and the Regional Network
EMD-78-26: Published: Jan 24, 1978. Publicly Released: Jan 24, 1978.
A recent GAO report expressed concern about the Solar Energy Research Institute (SERI) and the rather arbitrary basis for establishing the regional SERI network; it was felt that the need for SERI and the regional network should be evaluated prior to the establishment of their respective roles. The creation of SERI was authorized on October 26, 1974, by the Solar Energy Research, Development, and...
Review of Some Aspects of the Authorization and Creation of the Solar Energy Research Institute
EMD-77-67: Published: Sep 9, 1977. Publicly Released: Sep 9, 1977.
The substantial changes in the organization, management, and content of the solar and other energy research, development, and demonstration programs that have occurred since the Solar Energy Research Institute's (SERI) authorization in late 1974 call into question the need for establishing SERI. There are a number of actions which Congress may wish to consider during its deliberations on the Energ...
An Unclassified Digest of a Classified Report Entitled 'Commercial Nuclear Fuel Facilities Need Better Security'
EMD-77-40a: Published: May 2, 1977. Publicly Released: May 2, 1977.
The Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA) is responsible for safeguarding nuclear materials at its facilities, and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is charged with guarding such materials at commercial facilities. Security systems are based on material accountability and physical security.Problems in accountability systems resulted from technical limitations in measurements...
The Federal Wind Energy Program
EMD-77-33: Published: Mar 29, 1977. Publicly Released: Mar 29, 1977.
Under the direction of the Energy Research and Development Administration (ERDA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration is responsible for developing, testing, and evaluating large wind energy systems, and the Department of Agriculture is responsible for identifying, developing, and testing applications in rural and remote areas. Of the funds specifically designated for small, medium,...
Management and Funding Aspects of Three Nonnuclear Energy Research, Development, and Demonstration Subprograms
EMD-77-24: Published: Feb 25, 1977. Publicly Released: Feb 25, 1977.
Management and funding aspects of three nonnuclear energy research, development, and demonstration subprograms under the Energy Research and Development Administration were examined. The three subprograms were: photovoltaic energy of the solar energy program; direct combustion of the coal program; and hydrothermal technology application of the geothermal energy development program.The extent to wh...