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September 17, 2013
#CleanTechNow: America’s Clean Energy Revolution

A new Energy Department report shows how cost reductions and product improvements have sparked a surge in consumer demand for wind turbines, solar panels, electric vehicles and LED lighting.

September 16, 2013
It took six months and nearly 60 students to build Stanford’s Start.Home, a house that aims to lower the entry barrier for an ultra-efficient house and make sustainability trendy. | Photo courtesy of Stanford.
Solar Decathlon 2013: Building Skills for Future Careers

Part four in our behind-the-scenes look at competing in the Solar Decathlon, we are looking at how the teams bring their designs to life.

September 13, 2013
Our latest infographic -- Solar Decathlon 2013: The Path to a Brighter Future -- takes a look at the teams competing in this year’s competition and highlights innovative design features in each of the teams’ houses. Not featured in the "Meet the Teams" section, Team Texas will also compete at Solar Decathlon 2013 with their ADAPT house. | Infographic by <a href="/node/379579">Sarah Gerrity</a>, Energy Department.
Solar Decathlon 2013 Infographic: The Path to a Brighter Future

Our latest infographic takes a look at the teams competing in this year’s competition and highlights innovative design features in each of the teams’ houses.

September 13, 2013
Many of the materials that scientists work with at Brookhaven National Laboratory are too small and too precise for traditional tools. In cases like these, the labs grow materials instead of building them. Brookhaven physicist Genda Gu pioneered techniques that grow some of the largest single-crystal high-temperature superconductors in the world. The glowing chamber in this photo grows superconducting crystals. To do so, the furnace focuses infrared light onto a rod, melting it around 4,000 degrees Fahrenheit. Under just the right conditions, the liquefied material recrystallizes as a single uniform structure, which is highly sensitive and takes about one month to form. | Photo courtesy of Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: How to Grow Superconducting Crystals

Check out our favorite energy-related photos!

September 12, 2013
VIDEO: Secretary Moniz Dedicates Clean Energy Research Center

Watch Secretary Moniz's remarks at the opening of the new Energy Systems Integration Facility -- a site aimed at overcoming generation, transmission and distribution issues that will help support clean, renewable energy technologies.

September 11, 2013
Mark your calendars for a Google+ Hangout on Solar Decathlon 2013: The Path to a Brighter Future on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 2 pm ET. | Photo courtesy of the Energy Department.
Hangout with Solar Decathlon 2013 Teams on Sept. 18 at 2 pm ET

Have questions about Solar Decathlon? Now is your chance to ask some of this year's teams during a live Q&A.

September 11, 2013
New Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) to Help Modernize the Grid

Today, Secretary Moniz is at the opening of an exciting new NREL facility that will house multiple experimental labs and test beds, including an interactive grid testing system.

September 10, 2013
Key to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte's fundraising success was involving the local community. To celebrate the groundbreaking of their Solar Decathlon house, the team invited all of their sponsors to the event. | Photo courtesy of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Solar Decathlon 2013: Raising More Than Just Walls

Part two in our behind-the-scenes look at competing in the Solar Decathlon, we explore how students master the art of fundraising.

September 10, 2013
Students from the University of Maryland won the Max Tech and Beyond Design Competition for their heat pump clothes dryer prototype, which achieved a 59 percent energy savings compared to standard U.S. electric dryers. | Photo courtesy of the University of Maryland.
Maryland Heats Up Student Appliance Design Competition

For the second year in a row, the University of Maryland won the Energy Department's Max Tech and Beyond Design Competition. Learn what set the team's design apart.

September 9, 2013
Solar Decathlon 2013: Meet the Teams

We're going behind the scenes to show you what it takes to compete in the Solar Decathlon. First up, meet the teams and learn about their unique take on building solar-powered houses.