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February 23, 2015
This photo shows the B Reactor -- the world’s first large-scale plutonium production reactor -- in Hanford, Washington, part of the Manhattan Project National Park. | Photo courtesy of the Energy Department.
Turning the Manhattan Project into a National Park

Three historic sites of the Manhattan Project are on their way to becoming a national park.

February 12, 2015
Do New Technologies Matter?

Check out a few stories of companies who have taken a breakthrough energy technology and run with it.

February 11, 2015
Photo Gallery: 2015 ARPA-E Innovation Summit Technology Showcase

Check out our photo gallery of some of the cutting edge technology on display at the 2015 ARPA-E Summit Technology Showcase.

February 6, 2015
Ten Things You Didn’t Know About the Electron Racetrack at Brookhaven National Laboratory

See how the National Synchrotron Light Source II speeds electrons around a racetrack, producing some of the world’s brightest X-rays.

February 6, 2015
Between 1993 and 2013, the Megatons to Megawatts program turned the nuclear material from 20,000 warheads into usable electricity. | Photo courtesy of NNSA.
The National Security Strategy Keeps America Safe and Prosperous

The Department of Energy plays an important role in implementing the President's Nuclear Security Strategy.

February 5, 2015
The backdrop of the 2014 ARPA-E Innovation Summit. | Photo courtesy of ARPA-E.
Changing What’s Possible at the 2015 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit

Next week the ARPA-E Innovation Summit will kick off. Check out all the energy innovation they've got in store.

January 30, 2015
A solitary oil pump at the Teapot Dome Oilfield in Wyoming. | Department of Energy photo.
Let’s Try That Again: Selling the Teapot Dome Oil Field

The first time the Teapot Dome Oilfield was sold, it threw the Harding administration into scandal. Now -- 93 years later -- we're selling the field legally.

January 30, 2015
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MAP: Watch 30 Years of U.S. Solar Industry Growth

Over the last 30 years, the U.S. has seen expansive growth in our Solar Industry. Check out our map to watch this happen.

January 29, 2015
Solar demand in the U.S. is growing, and U.S. solar manufacturing is rising to meet the challenge.| Graphic courtesy of SunShot.
U.S. Solar Manufacturing Rising on the Horizon

U.S. solar manufacturing is rising to meet the demands of a growing solar market.

January 27, 2015
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Upholding Dr. King’s Dream and Inspiring the Next Generation Through STEM Education

Dr. King’s words served as a special theme for the Minorities in energy STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and Energy Literacy kick-off event during the Martin Luther King, Jr. day.

January 23, 2015
The Future is Now for Advanced Vehicles

Go behind the scenes at the Washington Auto Show, where the next generation of advanced vehicles is here today.

January 22, 2015
State of the Union Remarks on Energy in Four Charts

We dive into the data behind President Obama's State of the Union statements about our booming energy sector.

January 21, 2015
State of the Union 2015: President Obama's Remarks on Energy
Watch Energy Highlights from the State of the Union

Watch a video of energy highlights from President Obama's sixth State of the Union address.

January 12, 2015
Infographic courtesy of the White House.
Pushing America’s Automotive Industry Forward

The Department of Energy is supporting U.S. auto manufacturers, suppliers and workers -- helping to create the next generation of clean, efficient cars and trucks, made right here in America.

January 9, 2015
Pictured above is the Shelby Cobra, a vehicle 3-D printed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Using advanced composites and 3-D printing both cut the car's weight in half and improved performance and safety. | Photo by Carlos Jones.
Building a More Competitive American Manufacturing Industry with Advanced Composites

Our new Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Advanced Composites will help revolutionize clean energy technology one material at a time.

December 19, 2014
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Improving Project Management at the Department of Energy

A new working group is finding ways to improve project management at the Energy Department, including project ownership, independent oversight and front-end planning.

December 11, 2014
Now's your chance to ask Energy Department experts your questions about saving energy at home. This month, we're answering your questions about air sealing. | Graphic by <a href="/node/379579">Sarah Gerrity</a>, Energy Department.
#AskEnergySaver: Answering Your Air Sealing Questions

Have questions about air sealing? Now's your chance to ask the experts at the Energy Department!

October 20, 2014
This new partnership with the Association of Science and Technology Centers aims to increase energy literacy and promote STEM education. | Photo courtesy of the Department of Energy.
Expanding Science and Energy Literacy with America’s Science and Technology Centers

The Department's new partnership with the Association of Science and Technology Centers is advancing energy literacy through museums and science centers.

September 10, 2014
With support from ARPA-E, AutoGrid Systems developed software to monitor the flow of power through the electric grid and help utilities better meet real-time electricity demands. | Graphic courtesy of AutoGrids.
ARPA-E Project Takes an Innovative Approach to the Electrical Grid

Learn how one company is creating two-way communications between power suppliers and consumers to better meet real-time electricity demands.

September 9, 2014
#WomenInSTEM: Making a Cleaner Future

Our latest #WomenInSTEM profile's career is like "a real-life videogame" -- while leaving a cleaner future for her son.

September 5, 2014
Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman (sixth from left) joins in the groundbreaking of the world's largest post-combustion carbon capture facility | Photo courtesy of the Energy Department.
Petra Nova Project Breaks Ground on World’s Largest Post-Combustion Carbon Capture Project

The Houston-area Petra Nova project is designed to capture 1.4 million tons of CO2 per year -- making it the world's largest post-combustion carbon capture facility.

September 4, 2014
For veterans and active-duty military interested in a career in the energy sector, there’s a new online course that helps service members develop the skills necessary to solve our nation’s energy problems. | Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army.
Training Veterans for Careers in Clean Energy

Learn how the University of Maryland is helping active duty service members and veterans hone their skills and prepare for careers in the energy sector.

September 2, 2014
Go Back to School with Energy.gov Resources

Whether you’re a teacher, parent or student looking to learn more about energy topics, the Energy Department has you covered.

August 28, 2014
If you've completed energy efficiency improvements and you're still looking for ways to save energy at home, it might be time to explore renewable energy options. That's why this month our energy efficiency expert is answering your renewable energy questions. | Photo courtesy of Brothers Electric.
#AskEnergySaver: Renewable Energy

Answering your questions about renewable energy -- from leasing solar panels to solar water heaters.

August 28, 2014
Pictured here is a clean diesel engine for light trucks that was part of Cummins research and development effort from 1997-2004. Supported with funding by the Energy Department, this engine is as clean and quiet as a gasoline engine, while delivering up to 30 percent better fuel economy. | Photo courtesy of Cummins.
Road to Fuel Savings: Clean Diesel Trucks Gain Momentum with Nissan and Cummins Collaboration

Learn how a new clean diesel engine could improve the fuel economy of full-sized pickup trucks by 40 percent while meeting new emissions standards.