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May 21, 2015
The Energy Department's SunShot Catalyst prize winners are taking aim at solar energy’s “soft costs.” | Photo Courtesy of NREL.
Startups Tackle Solar Challenges

The Energy Department's SunShot Catalyst prize is working to make solar power more affordable by supporting tech startups with big ideas on how to solve the solar industry's toughest challenges.

May 19, 2015
New map shows how taller wind turbines could help unlock wind's potential in all 50 states, especially in the southeastern U.S. | Map courtesy of National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Unlocking Our Nation’s Wind Potential

Wind power is a growing source of low-cost, renewable energy in the U.S. A new report shows how next-generation wind turbine technology can unlock wind's potential.

May 14, 2015
Video: SuperTruck Barreling Down the Road of Sustainability

Latest Energy 101 video shows how new technologies are making heavy duty trucks more fuel efficient and less expensive to operate.

May 14, 2015
Through the Looking Glass: The Art and Science of Hand-Polishing Precision Optics

Peter Thelin is a one-of-a-kind optics specialist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. From telescopes to lasers, he is one of the last people on the planet who can polish precision optics by hand. He even contributed to the preservation of the statue of David.

May 13, 2015
Felipe Gomez of FGC Plasma Solutions developed new, energy-efficient fuel injector technology that enabled the startup to <a href="/node/1047536">win a regional round</a> of the Energy Department's National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition. He was also honored at a White House event this week celebrating emerging entrepreneurs. | Photo courtesy of FGC Plasma Solutions.
7 Questions for Energy Entrepreneur Felipe Gomez

Felipe Gomez of FGC Plasma Solutions, regional winner of the National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition, was honored by the White House as an emerging entrepreneur.

May 13, 2015
The new technology repels water and reduces the sunlight reflected off a glass surface. | Photo courtesy of Flickr user h080.
Glass Coating Makes Solar Panels More Efficient

Water bounces off, but light doesn’t. That’s good for solar panels and more.

May 11, 2015
Now's your chance to ask Energy Department experts your questions about saving energy. This month, we're answering your questions about vehicle fuel efficiency. | Photo courtesy of ©
#AskEnergySaver: Answering Your Fuel Efficiency Questions

Have questions about vehicle fuel efficiency? Now's your chance to ask the experts at the Energy Department.

May 8, 2015
Pamela Richmond is one of a vast array of inspiring mothers at the Department of Energy. | Department of Energy photo.
#WomenInSTEM: Moms Who Inspire

The Department of Energy celebrates Mother's Day by recognizing some of the moms making a difference at the Energy Department and at home.

May 6, 2015
Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz encourages Science Bowl finalists to continue pursuing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). | Energy Department photo.
What You Missed at the 2015 National Science Bowl Championships

Check out our play-by-play of the competition between some of the brightest high school students in the country.

May 1, 2015
Linda Lewis takes a materials science approach to forensics research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. | Photo courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
STICKY FINGERS: How One Researcher is Improving the Science of Fingerprints

She’s a chemist and forensic scientist, and she’s on the hunt to uncover fingerprints.