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January 29, 2015
Solar demand in the U.S. is growing, and U.S. solar manufacturing is rising to meet the challenge.| Graphic courtesy of SunShot.
U.S. Solar Manufacturing Rising on the Horizon

U.S. solar manufacturing is rising to meet the demands of a growing solar market.

January 29, 2015
Biofuels are produced in a biorefinery (bottom left) from feedstocks such as corn stover (bottom right) and switchgrass (top left).
Energy Department Helping Lower Biofuel Costs for the Nation

U.S. gasoline prices are currently at their lowest point since 2009, saving you money at the pump. The Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) is looking beyond current gas prices and working to lower the cost of biofuels such as cellulosic ethanol—which can be blended with gasoline—and “drop-in” hydrocarbon fuels—which can directly replace gasoline.

January 28, 2015
"A Guide to the Energy of the Earth" is an animated TED-Ed video featuring the seven energy literacy principles in action. Use the associated lesson in your classroom or create your own questions for the videos to flip the lesson. The video is applicable to all ages and can be tailored to your lessons on earth&#39;s energy systems. Watch it <a href="http://ed.ted.com/lessons/a-guide-to-the-energy-of-the-earth-joshua-m-sneideman">here</a>.
Energy Education: A Glance Back and a Look Ahead

2014 was an active year for advancing energy literacy across the country. The Energy Department and energy education organizations have been working with teachers, students, and families to help increase understanding of energy’s role in our world. Last year, we highlighted why energy education is important and connected educators and stakeholders with energy literacy resources at these events:

January 27, 2015
The Hyundai Tucson FCEV is currently available for lease in Southern California for less than $500 per month, including free hydrogen fuel. Hydrogen for FCEVs can be produced from a variety of resources all providing emission reductions. Hydrogen derived from natural gas reduces emissions by half and hydrogen produced from renewables cuts total emissions by more than 90% compared to today’s gasoline vehicle. Comparable to today’s gas prices, hydrogen can be produced from low-cost natural gas for approximately $4 per gallon gasoline equivalent when produced at high volumes. | Photo by Sarah Gerrity, Energy Department
Washington Auto Show Spotlight: How Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles Work

Fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) are quickly becoming a commercially viable sustainable transportation option for Americans. Unlike gasoline-powered cars, these cutting-edge vehicles are fueled by hydrogen and emit only water. The latest and greatest FCEVs are on display this week at the Washington Auto Show. Learn more about how FCEVs work and what the Energy Department is doing to make them even more energy efficient and cost effective.

January 20, 2015
Sefaira has a new product (bottom image) that uses EnergyPlus peak loads analysis and equipment sizing capabilities to allow mechanical engineers to quickly explore and compare multiple HVAC systems (top image). Photos courtesy of Sefaira and Shutterstock
Sefaira Launches EnergyPlus-Based Early Stage Design Tool For Mechanical Engineers

Building energy modeling—computer simulation of building energy use given a description of its architecture, lighting and mechanical systems, occupancy and use, and local weather— is a powerful tool for architects and mechanical engineers. Energy modeling supports the design of buildings that operate at significantly higher levels of energy efficiency for little or no upfront costs.

January 16, 2015
A school classroom in Greensburg, Kansas. Educators from schools across the country will meet on January 26 in Washington, D.C., for the National Energy Education Summit. | Photo courtesy of McCownGordon Construction
National Energy Education Summit to Electrify D.C.

On January 26, energy educators from across the country will convene in Washington, D.C., to address the need for nationwide energy literacy. Join us for the National Energy Education Summit, hosted by the Council of Energy Research and Education Leaders.

January 15, 2015
1 in 78 New Jobs in America is a Solar Job

Today marks an important day for America’s clean energy economy with the release of The Solar Foundation’s annual National Solar Jobs Census, which shows the solar industry’s explosive growth is creating thousands of new, highly skilled jobs throughout the country. Find out how the SunShot Initiative is supporting this rapidly expanding workforce.

January 9, 2015
Pictured above is the Shelby Cobra, a vehicle 3-D printed at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Using advanced composites and 3-D printing both cut the car's weight in half and improved performance and safety. | Photo by Carlos Jones.
Building a More Competitive American Manufacturing Industry with Advanced Composites

Our new Manufacturing Innovation Institute for Advanced Composites will help revolutionize clean energy technology one material at a time.

January 9, 2015
Fuel Cell Technologies Office Reaches Major Patent Milestone

Fuel cells are an emerging technology that can provide heat and electricity to buildings and power for vehicles while emitting nothing but water. The Energy Department’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, supports research and development (R&D) that improves the performance and lowers the cost of these systems. The office recently reached a major milestone, with 500 patents resulting from FCTO-supported R&D.

January 7, 2015
Fun learning activities, like the <a href="http://www1.eere.energy.gov/education/pdfs/solar_pizza_oven_box.pdf">pizza box solar oven exercise</a> above, are just a few of the resources that can be found using the new <a href="http://energy.gov/education-toolbox/search">Education Toolbox</a> search feature.
Find Energy Education Resources in a Snap with New Search Tool

Web search tool enables educators and the public to access all of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s free educational materials to teach students about clean energy technologies and other related topics.