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November 10, 2014
The EERE-funded Solar Thermochemical Advanced Reactor System converts natural gas and sunlight into a more energy-rich fuel called syngas, which power plants can burn to make electricity.
Six EERE-funded projects recognized with R&D 100 Awards

Widely recognized as the “Oscars of Invention,” the 52nd R&D 100 Awards ceremony took place last week. These awards identify and honor major technological breakthroughs each year. The categories cover industry, academia, and government research. This year, EERE-funded projects won six awards across four of our technology areas: Bioenergy, Fuel Cells/Solar, and Vehicles.

November 7, 2014
Veterans take a training at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Manufacturing Demonstration Facility. | Photo credit: ORAU.
Leveraging Veteran Talent: The Opportunity for the Clean Energy Industry

As clean energy industries scale and grow, companies are uniquely positioned to recruit and harness the technical skills and intangible traits of transitioning service members and veterans.

November 6, 2014
Students in Western Washington University’s spring 2013 “Applications in Energy Production” course get an up-close view of how energy is generated. | Photo: Courtesy of Chris Linder, Western Washington University.
Calling All Majors: Sparking Clean Energy Interest from Students in Washington

Western Washington University (WWU) has integrated the Energy Department’s Energy 101 Framework and leveraged industry partners to help guide its Institute for Energy Studies.

November 6, 2014
Accelerate Energy Productivity 2030 Launch

Today, the Department of Energy kicked off Accelerate Energy Productivity 2030. This initiative supports President Obama’s goal to double our energy productivity by 2030.

November 6, 2014
Nevada schoolchildren's energy literacy activities. | Photo Courtesy of Monica Brett.
Energy Literacy in Action: Nevada Teachers Helping Students Learn About Energy

Energy advocates launched an innovative energy literacy curriculum in a Nevada school district using resources from The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s Technology-to-Market team.

November 4, 2014
Sates across the nation celebrated Weatherization Day on October 30 with guided tours and Gubernatorial proclamations. In this photo, A team of weatherization technicians perform a site demonstration in Minnesota on Weatherization Day in 2012. | Photo courtesy of WAPTAC.
States Celebrate National Weatherization Day

States across the country celebrated National Weatherization Day October 30 with formal proclamations from governors and special events to recognize the importance of weatherization and the dedication of local weatherization service providers, state and local agencies, and researchers dedicated to improving the energy efficiency of American homes.

November 4, 2014
SunShot Catalyst team holds a “jamathon” on September 24th with WeWork, an incubator with offices in D.C. providing support services and work space to its small business members. | Photo Courtesy: SunShot Initiative
Creating the Future of Solar Energy, Today

Through the DOE's SunShot Catalyst Prize program, solar innovators formed teams to develop creative business plans with the goal of solving more than 100 issues in the solar sector as identified by the American public. The second round of the competition calls for business innovation pitches, and is open to the public through November 7 at catalyst.energy.gov. Have a great idea for solar innovation? Apply with your video pitch online!

November 3, 2014
Workers prepare to service a turbine. | Photo credit National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL).
New Wind Career Map Navigates Industry Jobs

In an effort to support the wind industry’s recruitment of skilled workers, the Energy Department has developed a - “Wind Career Map,” a web-based tool that highlights the broad range of careers and required skill sets across the wind power industry. The occupations featured in the Wind Career Map range from technicians who install and maintain wind turbines to educators who will train the next generation of wind engineers and business leaders.

November 3, 2014
The new Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the nation's premier lab for testing how clean energy technologies interact on the grid at megawatt utility scale.
NREL’s Grid Integration Lab Nominated for Prestigious Project Management Award

The new Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) received a nomination as one of three international finalists for the Project Management Institute (PMI) Project of the Year Award. Although the ESIF project team didn’t take home the top honor this year, we are proud of the accomplishments they made in bringing one of the most innovative new laboratories in the country from the drawing board to fruition.

October 31, 2014
Graphic by <a href="/node/379579">Sarah Gerrity</a>, Energy Department.
Turn Your Halloween Pumpkins Into Power

It might not be long before the 1.1. billion pounds of pumpkins produced annually in the U.S. are as important for our energy security as they are for Halloween.