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December 30, 2015
Argonne National Laboratory and Capstone Turbine Corporation are exploring using microturbines in combined heat and power (CHP) systems. In the power sector, distributed energy technologies can more than double electric system efficiency through the use of CHP systems that capture and use waste heat productively instead of venting into the atmosphere. Photo credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Pilot Program Builds Sustainable Lab-Industry Partnerships for Breakthrough Manufacturing R&D

The Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative (CEMI) recently kicked off its new Technologist in Residence (TIR) pilot at an event at Argonne National Laboratory convening the pilot’s seven competitively selected technologist pairs, Energy Department officials, and national lab representatives. This two-year, $2.6 million pilot program is designed to strengthen U.S. clean energy manufacturing competitiveness and enhance the commercial impact of the Energy Department’s national laboratories.

December 29, 2015
Making a Difference: Solarize Programs Accelerating Solar Adoption

It may come as no surprise to our readers that California has installed more solar energy than any other state. Its solar-friendly market has allowed for rapid installation, adding as much solar to the grid in 2014 as the entire United States did between 1970 and 2011. While there are still 13 states with less than five megawatts (MW) of solar installed, the solar boom will soon reach the entire United States.

December 29, 2015
Sandia researcher John Dec holds a specialized optical piston used in engine research at the Combustion Research Facility. | Photo courtesy of Randy Wong, Sandia National Laboratories.
Making a Difference: Heavy-Duty Combustion Engine Research Saved Billions

More than 10 million heavy-duty vehicles drive on U.S. roads each day, hauling goods, transporting people, and performing essential tasks like utility repair. However, these vehicles would be very different today if it wasn’t for the work of the Energy Department’s Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO).

December 22, 2015
Year in Review: Celebrating Wind Energy and Water Power

Renewable energy from wind and water had a big year in 2015. As the year comes to a close, we celebrate the milestones of renewable electricity generation in wind and water power with a list of some of our largest accomplishments.

December 22, 2015
The three reports released by the Energy Department highlight continued strength, progress and innovation in the U.S. fuel cell hydrogen technologies market.
Energy Department Reports: U.S. Fuel Cell Market Production and Deployment Continues Strong Growth

The Energy Department released three new reports today showcasing strong growth across the U.S. fuel cell and hydrogen technologies market – continuing America’s leadership in clean energy innovation and providing U.S. businesses and consumers more affordable, cleaner transportation and power options. According to these reports, the United States continues to be one of the world’s largest and fastest growing markets for fuel cell and hydrogen technologies.

December 21, 2015
State Energy Program funds from the U.S. Department of Energy supported the installation of batteries to store energy from this solar system at Nevada's Beaver Dam State Park near the Utah border.
Nevada’s State Park System Strengthens Attractions with Solar

The state park system across the U.S. is critical to historic preservation, natural history, wildlife conservation, and education. The Energy Department plays an important role in supporting state parks thought clean energy investment.

December 21, 2015
New Energy Department competition to help rural Alaskan communities save energy and fight climate change. | Graphic by <a href="/node/1332956">Carly Wilkins</a>, Energy Department
Working with Alaska to Reduce Energy Use and #ActOnClimate

New Energy Department competition to help rural Alaskan communities save energy and fight climate change.

December 18, 2015
Future Home Tech: 8 Energy-Saving Solutions on the Horizon

A sneak peek of the energy-saving technologies we can expect to see soon that will make our homes more sustainable.

December 18, 2015
Newtown Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant | New York City Department of Environmental Protection
One Year Down the Road of Biogas Industry Development

Methane is both a powerful energy source and a potent greenhouse gas. When it’s extracted from the earth as natural gas and burned for heating and electricity, it emits carbon dioxide (CO2) but burns more cleanly than some other energy sources such as coal. However, when methane escapes into the atmosphere, it traps 25 times more heat radiation than CO2. That’s why some people are concerned with the environmental consequences of methane leaks during the process of fracking.

December 17, 2015
Energy Savings Week: Standards for Kitchen and Laundry Products Create Big Savings

Efficiency standards established by the Energy Department help ensure appliances used almost every day such as washer and dryers, dishwashers and refrigerator meet a minimum level of efficiency, which translates to big savings on utility bills. As manufacturers develop more advanced technologies, the Energy Department updates these standards to help consumers keep saving money.