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May 26, 2016
The team at Brady Hot Springs includes scientists and engineers from: University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Geoscience; Ormat Technologies, Inc.; Silixa Ltd.; University of Nevada-Reno; Temple University; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. | Photo by Dan Koetke
Nevada Site Home to Geothermal Community Focused on Expediting Research and Development

Over the last six years, Brady Hot Springs in Nevada site has become a hotbed of activity for innovative geothermal research and development. With the nearly constant and frequently overlapping research efforts ongoing at the site, a unique community of scientists, engineers, geothermal operators, and utilities has formed.

May 24, 2016
The Wave Energy Prize teams got to tour the 12-million gallon Maneuvering and Seakeeping (MASK) Basin at the U.S. Navy's Carderock facility in Maryland, where their devices will be tested this summer.
Wave Energy Prize Teams Make a Splash During Waterpower Week

Teams competing in the Energy Department's Wave Energy Prize recently took a three-day break from developing their innovative technologies to meet with each other and hydropower stakeholders, and also tour the 12-million gallon wave-generating tank at the U.S. Navy's Carderock facility in Maryland, where they will test their devices this summer.

May 23, 2016
A hydrogen fueling station in San Francisco, CA. | Photo courtesy of the California Fuel Cell Partnership
Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles Getting a Boost in San Francisco

Last week, the city of San Francisco was named the first Climate Action Champion to be focused on hydrogen and fuel cells in the United States by the Energy Department’s (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Office.

May 20, 2016
5 Facts About the Collegiate Wind Competition

The U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition helps undergraduates learn the real-world skills they need to grow America's clean energy economy.

May 20, 2016
Members of Mississippi State University, one of of 16 EcoCAR competition teams, work on their redesign of the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro.
Students Debut Redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Camaros at EcoCAR 3 Competition

The third edition of the Energy Department’s EcoCAR competition is underway, as 16 collegiate teams from across North America redesign the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro to reduce its environmental impact while maintaining the performance expected from the iconic American car.

May 19, 2016
Energy Department Dream Team Opens Students’ Eyes to Limitless STEM Possibilities

Students from two high schools in the nation’s capital got a look at life in the clean energy fast-lane from senior energy leaders and technical experts from the U.S. Department of Energy during the first Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) Interactive Expo this week at agency headquarters in Washington, D.C.

May 19, 2016
Competitors test their turbines in a wind tunnel at the Collegiate Wind Competition 2015, held at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's National Wind Technology Center just south of Boulder, Colorado. (Photo by Dennis Schroeder / NREL)
Counting Down to the Collegiate Wind Competition 2016

The U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition 2016 starts May 24—less than a week away—at the annual American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) WINDPOWER Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans. Whether you’re coming from near or far, it’s time to plan your visit to check out the next generation of wind-industry professionals.

May 18, 2016
Suniva installation at Grand Valley State University. Photo courtesy of Suniva.
The SunShot Story: Challenging the Solar Industry to Say ‘What If’ Since 2011

Since 2011, the SunShot Initiative has bolstered the U.S. solar energy industry by funding innovative, cutting-edge technologies that have an immediate, measurable impact on reducing the cost of solar power in an effort to make solar electricity fully cost-competitive with traditional energy sources, without incentives, by 2020.

May 18, 2016
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Halfway There But Far From Done: SunShot Surges Ahead on Path to Affordable Solar Energy

Halfway through the Energy Department’s decade-long SunShot Initiative, today we released a series of reports showing how the solar industry has progressed in the past five years, while looking forward to the challenges and opportunities it now faces. The On the Path to SunShot study series, developed with our national labs, examines the state of the solar industry, which has grown significantly in the last five years and is 70% of the way toward our goal to make solar fully cost-competitive with traditional forms of energy without incentives.

May 17, 2016
VIDEO: Tackling Soft Costs Through A Well-Trained Solar Workforce

One of the fastest ways to lower solar soft costs is by having a well-trained workforce. That's why the Energy Department's SunShot Initiative is expanding its current support of the solar workforce through its Solar Training and Education for Professionals (STEP) program.

May 12, 2016
Source: Kirby Baier of Continental Resources
EERE Success Story—DOE-Funded Project is First Permanent Facility to Co-produce Electricity from Geothermal Resources at an Oil and Gas Well

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is excited to announce the launch of the nation’s first commercial enterprise to co-produce electricity from geothermal resources at an oil and gas well. With support from DOE’s Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO), researchers at the University of North Dakota (UND) successfully generated geothermal power from hot water that flows naturally from petroleum wells in the Williston Sedimentary Basin in western North Dakota. This technology offsets the need for costly transmission construction and reduces energy costs at remote oil fields.

May 11, 2016
Better Buildings partners have saved more than $1.3 billion on energy costs. Our new infographic explains how Better Buildings works and why it’s important. | Graphic by <a href="/node/1332956">Carly Wilkins</a>, Energy Department
INFOGRAPHIC: Better Buildings Leading to Big Energy Savings

Better Buildings partners have saved more than $1.3 billion on energy costs. Our new infographic explains how Better Buildings works and why it’s important.

May 10, 2016
Good Vibrations: No Heat Needed for Ultrasonic Dryers

With support from the Energy Department’s Building Technologies Office, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and GE Appliances are changing the way Americans do laundry with their ultrasonic drying technology that uses vibrations, not heat, to dry fabric.

May 9, 2016
First Lady Michelle Obama and representatives of the fuel cell company, PDC Machines. The April event announced new private-sector commitments to train or hire 90,000 veterans and military spouses through the Joining Forces Initiative. Two Fuel Cell Technologies Office-supported companies were acknowledged for their commitment to these efforts. | Photo courtesy of the White House
Fuel Cell Companies Commit to Hiring Veterans Through Joining Forces Initiative

In April 2015, the First Lady participated in an event celebrating how far we have come, and announcing new private-sector commitments to train or hire 90,000 veterans and military spouses. At the event, two Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO)-supported companies were acknowledged for their commitment to these efforts.

May 6, 2016
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Top 5 Tips from Clean Energy Moms for Mother’s Day

With Mother's Day approaching, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) polled 20 clean energy moms on their top five tips to help raise the next generation of clean energy advocates.

May 5, 2016
VIDEO: Getting Started on the Road to Clean Energy

A new program called Cyclotron Road connects clean energy entrepreneurs with the unique resources of our National Labs.

May 5, 2016
Amped Up! magazine features the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s growing influence on the efficiency space from appliance standards and federal sustainability goals to smart manufacturing and energy audit webisodes. | Graphic by Sarah Harmon/Energy Department
Product Standards Team Saves American Consumers Energy, Money

The latest issue of EERE's Amped Up! magazine takes a closer look at the standards developed for home and work products – ranging from light bulbs, to kitchen appliances, to laundry equipment, to heating and cooling systems – that are saving Americans more energy and money every year.

May 4, 2016
Credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
EERE Success Story—Energy-Efficient Heat Pump for Colder Regions Keeps Residents Cozy with Lower Utility Bills
National Lab-Industry Partnership Develops New Technology, Surpasses DOE Efficiency and Cost Goals

Home heating is the largest energy expense for most U.S. homeowners and accounts for nearly 30% of energy used in the nation’s residential buildings. Millions of homeowners in colder regions of the country do not have natural gas available, leaving furnaces to be fueled with heating oil, propane, or electricity. This can often result in higher heating bills for homeowners.

May 4, 2016
As part of the Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines initiative, researchers are exploring synergies among new bio-based fuels, engines, powertrains, and fueling infrastructure. Image by Loren Stacks, Sandia National Laboratories
Co-Optimized Fuel-Engine Systems to Transform Our Nation’s Vehicles

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) recent Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines Initiative (Co-Optima) seeks to combine previously independent areas of biofuels and engine-combustion research and development to design new fuels and engines that are co-optimized—designed in tandem to maximize vehicle performance and carbon efficiency.

May 3, 2016
With 1 Million Solar Projects Across America, SunShot Shines On

The solar industry recently passed a major milestone when the 1 millionth solar system was installed at a home or business in the United States. Find out what the SunShot Initiative has in store for the future of solar as it continues to spur job growth, economic activity, tax revenue and clean air to all Americans.

May 3, 2016
Iron Goat's technology uses robotic automation methods in a new manufacturing process for pelletized agricultural products such as livestock feed and grass pellet fuel. | Photo courtesy of Iron Goat
Rutgers, MIT Crown Cleantech University Prize Regional Winners

The Cleantech University Prize recently made two stops along the Interstate 95 corridor, with regional competitions in New Jersey and Boston. With just two regional competitions remaining, Cleantech UP teams are inching closer to the national competition in June, where they will vie for $100,000 in prizes.

May 2, 2016
The Department of Energy's SMART (Systems and Modeling for Accelerated Research in Transportation) Mobility consortium was established to better understand the energy and climate change impacts that arise from future mobility systems.
Energy and Transportation Departments Commit to Supporting Cities of the Future

The Department of Energy and Department of Transportation are natural partners when it comes to vehicle technologies. That's why the two departments have teamed up for the Smart City Challenge to spark further innovation and identify solutions to some of the world's most pressing transportation challenges.

April 29, 2016
Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day Through the Eyes of a Child

Eight year old Simone came to the U.S. Department of Energy headquarters in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, April 28 to participate in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. She wrote a blog post to describe her experiences and shared her pictures from the event.

April 28, 2016
Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser kicks off the redevelopment of the Phyllis Wheatley YWCA at a “wall-breaking” ceremony. | Photo courtesy of The Solar Foundation
EERE Success Story—Expanding Solar Access to Nonprofits

The Solar Foundation is leading a team that developed the CivicPACE program through an award from the SunShot Initiative. CivicPACE addresses the underwriting and access challenges of solar financing for tax-exempt organizations, such as churches, nonprofit affordable housing, community clinics, and education institutions.

April 28, 2016
Non-food biomass such as the crop residue (the leftover material from crops like stalks, leaves, and husks of corn plants following harvest) pictured above can be converted to biofuels as well as high-value products such as plastics, chemicals, and fertilizers.
Integrating the Production of Biofuels and Bioproducts

A new biomass production strategy offers a more efficient, cost-effective, and integrated approach to the utilization of our nation’s biomass resources.