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July 2, 2015
The 42,000 sq. ft. Carbon Fiber Technology Facility offers a highly flexible, highly instrumented carbon fiber line for demonstrating advanced technology scalability and producing market-development volumes of prototypical carbon fibers, and serves as the last step before commercial production scale.
Carbon Fiber Technology Facility Set To Scale Up Industry

The Carbon Fiber Technology Facility (CFTF) at the Energy Department’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory offers a unique, highly flexible, highly instrumented research space for demonstrating ways to scale up and bring down testing costs of carbon-fiber prototypes for use in new polymers and products to manufacture larger land-based wind turbine blades and lighter vehicles with improved fuel efficiency. The 42,000-square-foot facility can make up to 25 tons of carbon fiber each year, enabling industry to experiment with new carbon-fiber precursors, or base materials, at a small scale.

June 30, 2015
From Flour to Grits, a Water-Powered Mill Keeps on Grinding

A mill owned and operated for six generations by the Weisenberger family has been grinding grains in the heart of Kentucky since the Civil War. In 1862, August Weisenberger emigrated from Baden, Germany, to start milling grains in Midway, Kentucky. He purchased the existing three-story stone mill on the banks of South Elkhorn Creek in 1865—the perfect location to harness water power to operate the mill.

June 26, 2015
Training Veterans to Work in the Rapidly Growing Solar Industry

In an effort to help our nation's veterans transition to civilian life, veterans are being trained for jobs in the growing solar industry as part of a workforce program supported by the Energy Department.

June 26, 2015
Farmer Bruce Nelson and a representative from biofuels company POET-DSM stand between square and round bales of corn stover stock piled outside of POET-DSM’s PROJECT LIBERTY cellulosic ethanol biorefinery. Selling the corn plant residue after their corn harvest has generated a new revenue stream for many farmers, including Bruce. <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GU0Cu45cLT4" target="_blank">Watch a video segment</a> about Bruce’s story at the beginning of the film “Bioenergy: America’s Energy Future.”
EERE Energy Impacts: Biorefineries Give Local Farmers Opportunities for Additional Income

Selling corn stover—the non-edible corn stalks, husks, and leaves of a corn plant—after the corn harvest has generated a new revenue stream for many farmers. Biorefineries buy the corn plant residue from farmers and turn it into cellulosic ethanol, allowing farmers to "add revenue without adding acres."

June 25, 2015
Suniva, Inc. solar panels on the roof of the Carbon-Neutral Energy Solutions Laboratory at the Georgia Institute of Technology. | Photo courtesy of Georgia Tech
Southeast Regional Summit to Convene High-Profile Clean Energy Manufacturing Leaders on July 9

The upcoming Southeast Regional Summit will connect the U.S. southeast innovation ecosystem to Energy Department programs and resources, and help shape the Department’s strategy to boost U.S. competitiveness in clean energy manufacturing.

June 25, 2015
Hyliion from Carnegie Mellon University in front of their SMART Suspension System add-on hybrid module that reduces fuel consumption for heavy duty trucks. Hyliion won the 2015 National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition in Washington, D.C. | Photo by Matt Dozier, Energy Department.
Hyliion Wins 2015 National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition, Cleantech University Prize Awardees Announced

Hyliion from Carnegie Mellon University won the 2015 National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition, setting the stage for next year's Cleantech University Prize.

June 24, 2015
Left: Gary Bertoline, Dean of Purdue Polytechnic Institute; Kelly Visconti, Technology Manager for the U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Manufacturing Office; John Dennis, Mayor of West Lafayette; Mitch Daniels, President of Purdue University; R. Byron Pipes, John Leighton Bray Distinguished Professor of Engineering; Victor Smith, Indiana Secretary of Commerce; Leah Jamieson, John A. Edwardson Dean of Engineering; and Dan Hasler, President of the Purdue Research Foundation
Designing the Future of Advanced Composites Manufacturing

Advanced composites are cutting edge materials you may have never heard of. These materials—such as carbon-fiber composites—are three times as strong and twice as light as the lightest metals. That’s why they are normally only found in expensive, high-tech products such as satellites and racing cars. But their potential will soon be realized for boosting America’s competitiveness in manufacturing clean energy products like electric vehicles, wind turbines, and more efficient industrial equipment.

June 24, 2015
Sustainable Transportation Day Drives Innovation Forward

Energy Department technology Offices showcase how EERE’s strategic investments in sustainable transportation technologies are improving vehicle efficiency and advancing the use of alternative fuel vehicles.

June 24, 2015
A Warm Weather Win-Win: Summer Fun and Clean Energy with Hydropower Dams

Summer is a great time to hit the water--but you don't have to go to the beach. Hundreds of hydropower dams include reservoirs where a variety of recreational activities can be enjoyed by the whole family!

June 24, 2015
The Energy Exchange: Doing Our Part to Support Sustainable Practices in the Federal Government

The federal government is the single largest consumer of energy in the nation with a footprint consisting of 350,000 buildings and 600,000 vehicles. With this large portfolio comes a tremendous responsibility to ensure everything is running at optimal condition. The Energy Department's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), in collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will offer a new training event called the Energy Exchange from August 11-13 in Phoenix, Arizona. The training is geared toward civilian and military federal agencies, as well as partnering organizations that are responsible for a host of energy, water, and sustainability activities in federal building and fleet operations.