Researchers from the United States and Brazil have developed a new device that can reduce energy losses in buildings by measuring and assessing the energy performance of windows without removing them from their site.
Funding support from the Energy Department's State Energy Program is being used by some states to retrofit water treatment facilities and wastewater systems to use less energy because these facilities can be responsible for as much as 35% of municipal energy use.
The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition now spans five continents — North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Asia — bringing together collegiate teams from around the world to address some of the most pressing global energy issues of our time.
Building energy infrastructure that keeps wildlife safe is a key concern at the U.S. Department of Energy, which is why we have funded six teams to improve technologies that will protect eagles sharing airspace with wind turbines.
Overall utility-scale photovoltaic (PV) generated enough electricity last year to power more than 2 million homes. It’s also creating jobs – a lot of them. In 2015, the solar workforce grew at a rate 12 times faster than the overall economy and boasts a workforce of more than 200,000 domestic jobs.
Most island communities do not have economies of scale or local fossil fuel resources, two key factors contributing to significant increases in energy costs relative to mainland peers. A case in point is two islands located off the coast of Maine—Isle au Haut and Monhegan, both of which are currently weighing their energy futures.
Right now, biofuels and consumer products made from biomass are not commercially widespread. However, the Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is funding research and development to help lower their costs so that private industry can produce and sell them on the commercial market.
The Thanksgiving holiday is wonderful for getting together with friends and family but not very good for energy conservation because it contributes to an annual increase in energy use due to lights staying on longer, and appliances operating more frequently. Here are some energy saving tips to lower the unwelcome tradition of higher energy bills following Thanksgiving.