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April 23, 2015
This Shelby was printed at the Department of Energy’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) using the BAAM (Big Area Additive Manufacturing) machine and is intended as a “plug-n-play” laboratory on wheels where sustainable components can be tested and enhanced in real time.
Secretary Moniz Tours the 3D-Printed Shelby Cobra

The 50th anniversary 3D-printed Shelby Cobra made a stop last week at Energy Department headquarters, and we had the opportunity to show Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz this impressive car and talk about the team at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s (ORNL) Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF) and EERE’s Advanced Manufacturing Office who made this amazing technology a reality. From concept to drivable car, six highly skilled and ambitious engineers printed and finished an all-electric vehicle version of the 50th anniversary Shelby Cobra in just six weeks – an amazing achievement given that this process usually requires dozens of people a year to complete.

April 22, 2015
Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program Winners Are Committed to Energy Savings

The Energy Department (DOE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) honored 128 organizations in 33 states at the 2015 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Awards for their commitment to saving energy and protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements.The winners were chosen from a vast network of 16,000 ENERGY STAR partners.The awards honor businesses and organizations for their outstanding contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency.

April 22, 2015
Mario Avila (left), Hayden Cardiff (center), and Thomas Healy of Hyliion have developed an add-on hybrid module for tractor trailers that is installed underneath the trailer and is estimated to have a fuel savings upwards of 30%. | <em>Photo courtesy of Hyliion</em>
Hyliion Wins U.S. Department of Energy Clean Tech Prize at 2015 Rice Business Plan Competition

This past Saturday, the student team Hyliion from Carnegie Mellon University took home the DOE Clean Tech Prize at a regional contest for the Energy Department’s National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition.

April 22, 2015
An Earth-Friendly Wind Vision

Wind energy is a clean, domestic energy source that requires little to no water and creates no air pollution when compared with conventional energy technologies. The Energy Department's new Wind Vision report details the prospects for wind energy over the next few decades, suggesting this renewable energy source has enormous potential.

April 21, 2015
A fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) at a fueling station in California.
H2USA Accomplishments Push Hydrogen Infrastructure Forward

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced new tools developed in support of H2USA focused on hydrogen fueling infrastructure analysis. H2USA is a public private partnership founded in 2013 by DOE, along with automakers and other stakeholders, to address the key challenges of hydrogen infrastructure. H2USA’s mission is to promote the introduction and widespread adoption of FCEVs across America.

April 16, 2015
FGC Plasma Solutions has developed and commercialized an innovative way to inject fuel into jet engines that improves safety while decreasing fuel consumption. The technology uses plasma to modify the combustion reaction. | <em>Photo courtesy of FGC Plasma Solutions</em>
National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition: FGC Plasma Solutions Wins 2015 Regional Clean Energy Challenge

FGC Plasma Solutions from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio won the top student prize Tuesday at the Clean Energy Trust Clean Energy Challenge in Chicago, the first regional contest for the Energy Department’s National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition.

April 15, 2015
Photo Gallery: 3D Printing Brings Classic Shelby Cobra to Life

All-electric 50th-anniversary Shelby Cobra car was created using large-scale 3D-printer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

April 13, 2015
New EERE Project Calls for Energy Data Best Practices from Communities

DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is issuing a Request for Information (RFI) for the Cities Leading through Energy Analysis and Planning (Cities LEAP) initiative. This information will be used to help cities integrate analysis and data into their strategic decision-making.

April 13, 2015
The Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office engages with the U.S. Department of Agriculture on many projects, including guidance on the proper removal of corn stover (non-edible corn husks, stalks, and leaves) from the field when it is used for cellulosic ethanol and other advanced biofuel production. A corn stover bale is pictured here.
Smart Federal Partnerships Build Our Biofuels Future

I was honored to speak at the Agricultural Outlook Forum this spring, hosted by our friends at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This year’s theme was “Smart Agriculture in the 21st Century.” The smart solution when it comes to establishing a bioeconomy—renewable, biomass resources as a solid part of our nation’s energy mix—is working together.

April 10, 2015
Toyota Mirai FCEV (top left), Hyundai Tucson FCEV (top right), and Honda’s concept of its FCEV (bottom)—all showcased during the 2015 Washington Auto Show. | Photos by Sarah Gerrity, Energy Department
EERE Energy Impacts: You Can Now Drive a Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle

Fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) are now commercially available, so car buyers have the option to drive these vehicles that run on hydrogen gas rather than gasoline and emit only water from the tailpipe. FCEVs have the potential to significantly reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign oil and lower harmful emissions that contribute to climate change—just one of EERE’s Energy Impacts.