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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 21, 2015
Revamped Simulation Tool to Power Up Wave Energy Development

Scientists and engineers face considerable challenges when modeling new wave energy technologies. The DOE's Water Power Program announces the release of their new, updated WEC-Sim modeling tool, which will be a great help in this area.

May 20, 2015
FORGE: The Next Frontier of Renewable Energy

The Energy Department recently announced the teams selected for negotiation for Phase 1 of the Frontier Observatory for Research in Geothermal Energy (FORGE), a dedicated site where researchers can develop and test enhanced geothermal system technologies.

May 19, 2015
Connecticut launches nation’s first statewide Home Energy Score Program

Connecticut recently launched a statewide residential energy labeling program that will make energy efficiency labels ubiquitous across the state. Using the Energy Department’s Home Energy Score, EnergizeCT’s Home Energy Solutions program will provide an energy efficiency score and recommend efficiency improvements to residents across the state. Similar to a vehicle’s miles-per-gallon rating, the Home Energy Score helps homeowners and homebuyers determine a home’s expected energy use. It also provides recommendations for improving energy efficiency.

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 across all 50 states.

May 18, 2015
Window attachments, such as these exterior solar shades at Lake Area High School in New Orleans, Louisiana, do not include a rating system to inform consumers about their energy efficiency. Photo courtesy of National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
New Rating System for Enhancing Window Energy Performance

Window attachments, such as awnings, shutters, drapes, and solar shades, are often used for cosmetic purposes and to help control the amount of light entering a room. However, many Americans aren't aware that identifying energy conserving window strategies are cost effective in homes and commercial buildings. The Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) will cost-share Energy Department funding to help consumers realize potential energy savings from window attachments through the creation of a comprehensive energy ratings and certification program.

May 14, 2015
Design Guide Helps Grocery Stores Cut Energy Use

Grocery stores are responsible for approximately 9% of the total energy consumed by U.S. commercial buildings. To reduce this energy impact, the newly released Advanced Energy Design Guide for Grocery Stores demonstrates how to cut typical energy use in half, conserving approximately 8 billion Btus of energy per year, per store –equivalent to the amount of energy consumed by 148 homes during the same period.

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
OptiBit’s product brings the high bandwidth and energy efficiency of fiber optics to computer chips, helping data centers keep up with ballooning volumes of electronic information while saving energy. | <em>Photo courtesy of OptiBit</em>
National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition: OptiBit Wins MIT Clean Energy Prize

OptiBit, a student-led team that has developed a novel approach to helping data centers keep up with ballooning volumes of electronic information while saving energy, won first prize at the MIT Clean Energy Prize Grand Finals, the final regional contest in the Energy Department’s National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition.

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.