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Titles (4)

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Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Passed House

Solar Fuels Innovation Act

Short Titles as Reported to House

Solar Fuels Innovation Act

Short Titles as Introduced

Solar Fuels Innovation Act

Official Titles

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To provide for the establishment at the Department of Energy of a Solar Fuels Basic Research Initiative.


Actions Overview (3)

Date Actions Overview
07/11/2016Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.(text: CR H4649-4650)
07/11/2016Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. H. Rept. 114-680.
07/06/2016Introduced in House

All Actions (10)

Date Chamber All Actions
07/12/2016SenateReceived in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
07/11/2016-8:26pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
07/11/2016-8:26pmHouseOn motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote. (text: CR H4649-4650)
07/11/2016-8:13pmHouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 5638.
07/11/2016-8:13pmHouseConsidered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H4649-4651)
07/11/2016-8:12pmHouseMr. Knight moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
07/11/2016HousePlaced on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 528.
07/11/2016HouseReported (Amended) by the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology. H. Rept. 114-680.
07/06/2016HouseReferred to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
07/06/2016HouseIntroduced in House

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Committees (2)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Science, Space, and Technology07/06/2016 Referred to
07/11/2016 Reported by H. Rept. 114-680
Senate Energy and Natural Resources07/12/2016 Referred to

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Latest Summary (2)

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Passed House amended (07/11/2016)

Solar Fuels Innovation Act

(Sec. 2) This bill amends the Energy Policy Act of 2005 by requiring the Department of Energy (DOE) to carry out the Solar Fuels Basic Research Initiative to expand scientific knowledge about converting solar energy into chemical energy. Specifically, DOE must support research about: (1) replicating natural photosynthetic processes in artificial photosynthesis processes, and (2) generating a variety of fuels produced from sunlight through artificial photosynthesis. (A photosynthetic process is one used by plants to convert light from the sun into chemical energy. Artificial, human-made photosynthesis mimics the natural process.)

Appropriations authorized under the bill may not be obligated or expended for commercial application of energy technology.

The bill repeals a requirement for DOE to support a research and development program in catalysis science (the acceleration of a chemical reaction by a catalyst).