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Recent News from the National Labs

October 24, 2016
Tricks, Treats and Tips for a Ghoulishly Low Energy Bill

Join to celebrate Energyween, a spooky, week-long celebration of energy, how we use it, and what each of us can do to make our energy use more sustainable.

October 21, 2016
Scientists Accidentally Turned CO2 Into Ethanol

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory found a way to turn carbon dioxide into a fuel that can be used in vehicles today.

October 19, 2016
Aerial view of Enel Green Power North America’s Stillwater plant in Fallon, Nevada, the first triple hybrid renewable energy plant. | All photos courtesy of Enel Green Power North America, Inc.
This Hybrid Power Plant Combines 3 Clean Energy Sources in One

Engineers at Idaho National Lab and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory helped build the world’s first triple hybrid renewable energy plant. It combines geothermal power, solar panels and concentrating solar power into one reliable energy source.

October 17, 2016
Scientists created the smallest transistor ever using molybdenum disulfide and a carbon nanotube. |  Schematic image courtesy of Sujay Desai/UC Berkeley.
Smallest. Transistor. Ever.

Research led by Berkeley Lab just broke a major barrier in transistor size by creating gate only 1 nanometer long.

October 7, 2016
H is for Hero: Five Little-Known Hydrogen Superpowers

In honor of Hydrogen Day, check out some of H2’s many uses and find out how the National Labs are studying ways to harness its powers to help solve the nation’s energy challenges.

September 28, 2016
6 Charts that Will Make You Optimistic About America’s Clean Energy Future

How wind, solar, LEDs and electric vehicles are leading the way in America's clean energy revolution, visualized in six simple charts.

September 27, 2016
This composite image offers a glimpse inside the custom system Brookhaven scientists used to create samples of materials that may pave the way for high-temperature superconductors. | Image courtesy of Brookhaven National Lab.
Room-Temp Superconductors Could Be Possible

Scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory are getting closer to understanding what makes materials become superconducting at unusually high temperatures.

September 23, 2016
Armor for the Grid

Researchers at Idaho National Laboratory designed a ballistic barrier to protect electrical substations from attack.

September 21, 2016
Keeping Cool with Carbon Capture Technologies

The same technology that keeps certain toxins from leaving a power plant is now cleaning indoor air...and saving money!

September 16, 2016
Getting the Most out of Solar Panels

Our SunShot Initiative is funding important research into how to get more power out of solar panels by improving their durability, efficiency and performance in real-world conditions.