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June 15, 2016
Dr. Mark Johnson (left), Director of the Energy Department’s Advanced Manufacturing Office, moderates a panel on shared infrastructure and innovation ecosystems.
Celebrating Clean Energy Manufacturing in the Big Apple

American manufacturing is primed for a comeback thanks in part to President Obama’s vision and a sweeping initiative led by the Energy Department - the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative - to spur new alliances, investments and innovation in clean energy technologies.

June 14, 2016
VIDEO: How to Build a Wind Turbine in less than 20 Minutes

The U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Wind and Water Power Technologies Office provides a simple step-by-step project on building a wind turbine in less than 20 minutes.

June 13, 2016
The Lifeworks installation by Austin Energy, a SHINES awardee. | Photo courtesy of Austin Energy
Meet Guohui Yuan: SunShot Welcomes Big-Picture Thinker to New Solar Role

The SunShot Initiative’s new systems integration program manager, Dr. Guohui Yuan, maintains a steadfast commitment to add more solar energy onto the nation’s electrical grid while always striving to achieve the office’s broader goals. “Because of my physics background I always look at problems at the system level — not just the issue, but the big picture,” he says.

June 10, 2016
Hosts of the Cleantech University Prize (Cleantech Up) FLoW competition with the winners, Xstream Trucking of Stanford University. The team took home the $50,000 first-place prize for their drag-reducing trucking technology. | Photo courtesy of Caltech
Cleantech University Prize Regional Competitions Wrap Up in Florida and California

The Energy Department’s Cleantech University Prize recently wrapped up its regional collegiate competitions. The California Institute of Technology and the University of Central Florida (UCF) each hosted student-led startup teams as part of the entrepreneurial clean energy contest.

June 8, 2016
Energy crops planted for use at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The Energy Department hosted a five-day Bioenergy Study Tour of the southeastern United States to highlight innovations that are bringing the region one step closer to a sustainable bioenergy industry.| Photos courtesy of DOE
Take a Tour of the Bioenergy Ecosystem in the Southeastern U.S.

The Energy Department's Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) works to enable a sustainable bioenergy industry that protects natural resources and advances environmental, economic, and social benefits. BETO recently sponsored a five-day Bioenergy Study Tour of the southeastern United States to highlight innovations that are bringing the industry one step closer to these goals.

June 8, 2016
A hydrogen fueling station in San Francisco. | Photo courtesy of the California Fuel Cell Partnership
A Closer Look at Hydrogen Refueling

What’s the difference between a hydrogen refueling dispenser and a traditional gasoline dispenser that you see at your local gas station? Not that much, actually. A hydrogen refueling dispenser is used to power a fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV). But instead of using a combustible gas-powered engine, a FCEV carries a fuel cell onboard that uses hydrogen to power an electric motor which makes the car run.

June 7, 2016
QM Power discusses the company's new refrigeration motor with a supermarket. (Source: QM Power)
EERE Success Story—Revolutionary Refrigeration Motor Slashes Supermarket Energy Usage

Thanks to a DOE Building Technologies Office funding award, QM Power is demonstrating its technology, called the Q-Sync fan motor, in supermarkets across the country, with DOE and utilities verifying the savings. Customers are now using these successful demonstrations to accept and commercialize the Q-Sync fan in their refrigeration units.

June 7, 2016
As the electric grid becomes smarter, it also becomes more vulnerable to hackers. | Creative Commons.
To Protect the Grid from Hackers, You Need to Break It

With a growing risk of cyber attacks from hackers, researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory built a test bed to experiment with cybersecurity tools for the nation’s electric grid.

June 7, 2016
The geothermal facility in the Williston Basin in North Dakota. | Photo by Kirby Baier of Continental Resources
Energy Department Receives Award for First-of-its-Kind Geothermal Project

The Department of Energy and the University of North Dakota have been recognized by the Geothermal Energy Association for launching the first commercial project that produces geothermal power from an oil and gas well.

June 6, 2016
Installing a concentrating solar power system in Gila Bend, Arizona. The curved  mirrors are tilted toward the sun, focusing sunlight on tubes that run the length of the mirrors. The reflected sunlight heats a fluid flowing through the tubes. The hot fluid then is used to boil water in a conventional steam-turbine generator to produce electricity. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder.
Top 6 Things You Didn't Know About Solar Energy

Counting down our list of top things you didn't know about solar energy -- read on for more on the most abundant energy resource known to mankind.

June 6, 2016
Alaska possesses great natural beauty, but also has some of the most expensive energy costs in the United States. The Energy Department is helping many Alaskan communities adopt more sustainable energy strategies to alleviate high energy costs.
Alaskan Community Efficiency Champions Compete for Funds to Implement Energy Reduction Plans

Thirteen Native Alaska villages thirteen are developing unique plans to reduce per capita energy consumption 15% by 2020 with technical assistance from the U.S. Department of Energy. This is a $4 million effort by remote Alaskan communities to adopt sustainable energy strategies and thereby help alleviate high energy costs.

June 6, 2016
Glenn Rambach, a former Energy Department employee with a 45-year career between Sandia National Laboratories and Livermore National Laboratory. He led a DOE-funded joint project to design, build and operate a combined wind, solar, hydrogen, fuel-cell energy storage facility.| Photo courtesy of Glenn Rambach
10 Questions with Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Expert Glenn Rambach

Glenn Rambach is a world-renowned expert in the hydrogen and fuel cell industry. He talks about the history of fuel cells, what he's seen in his 45-year career, and what he thinks the future has in store for fuel cell electric vehicles.

June 3, 2016
A vehicle undergoes dynamometer testing at Argonne National Laboratory's Advanced Powertrain Research Facility in Illinois. The project is one of many that is being evaluated at the Vehicle Technologies Office and Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting. | Photo by Argonne National Laboratory
Annual Merit Review Evaluates Impact of Sustainable Transportation Projects

Nearly 400 Energy Department activities and projects will be judged by reviewers from a variety of scientific backgrounds at the Vehicle Technologies Office and Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting in Washington, D.C., which is free of charge and open to the public.

June 3, 2016
Many homes in Alaska such as this one under construction are using energy much more efficiently as a result of financial support from the Energy Department to the state.  Photo courtesy Alaska Housing Finance Corporation. (AHFC)
Energy Department Helps Alaska Develop Energy Retrofit Programs

Support from the Energy Department’s State Energy Program (SEP), is helping Alaska building managers and facility owners understand best practices for energy efficiency retrofits and retro-commissioning, and tools for monitoring and improving energy use in remote villages.

June 3, 2016
Today, our panel of energy and sci-fi experts will discuss the interplay between science and cinema at Awesome Con in Washington, D.C. | Courtesy of Awesome Con
Energy @ Awesome Con: Meet Our Panelists

Join us at Awesome Con for a discussion on the interplay of energy, cinema and television.

June 1, 2016
A liquid flashing product invented by Dow and evaluated at Oak Ridge National Laboratory can be brushed or sprayed on surfaces to seal gaps, cracks, and seams and improve a building’s energy efficiency. Photo courtesy of Dow.
EERE Success Story—Dow Partners with ORNL to Commercialize Advanced Energy-Saving Sealant for Buildings

A liquid sealant developed by Dow Chemical, and evaluated at DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, was recognized recently for its superior sealant qualities and performance. LIQUIDARMOR, marketed by Dow, won the 2016 Gold Edison Award for Building Construction & Lighting. The Edison Awards honor the best in innovation and excellence in the development of new products and services.

May 31, 2016
EERE Success Story—Zero-order Reaction Kinetics (Zero-RK) Coding Is Designing the Next-Generation Engines

A computer code developed by a trio of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers has significantly advanced predictive computer science for designing next-generation car and truck engines.

May 31, 2016
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ENERGISE-ing Solutions to Scale Up Distributed Solar

If a utility pole falls in a forest and no energy company employee is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Currently, the answer is no. The Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative is trying to fix this problem to alleviate issues for both utilities and their customers.

May 27, 2016
Military veterans Daniel Barclay (top left), Keith Striby (bottom left) and Youseff Elkassis (bottom right) are three examples of military participants in the Energy Department’s Industrial Assessment Center program that is helping prepare these soldiers for life outside the military as engineers.
Industrial Assessment Center Program Helps Veterans Learn Valuable Energy Management Skills

U.S. soldiers are participating in an Energy Department supported program that provides hands-on education for #engineering #jobs. The Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) program, is open to all engineering students at participating colleges and universities, but many veterans find that they can use the program to further develop many skills they obtained through their service.

May 27, 2016
Pennsylvania State University Wins the 2016 Collegiate Wind Competition

U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition provides undergraduates real-world skills they need to enter tomorrow’s clean energy workforce.

May 26, 2016
Victor Kane, Director of EERE's Lab Impact Initiative, leads the first-ever Lab Impact Summit on May 4 at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. | Photo courtesy of NREL
Lab Impact Summit: Partnering with Our National Labs for a More Sustainable Future

The first-ever Lab Impact Summit on May 4 at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory convened about 300 clean energy thought leaders from both small and multinational companies, as well as experts from incubators, state utilities, and local and federal government, to celebrate successful partnerships between our national laboratories and industry—and spawn new and innovative collaborations that are driving America’s clean energy economy forward.

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.