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May 28, 2014
Slideshow from the White House Energy Datapalooza

Go behind the scenes of the Energy Datapalooza to see how entrepreneurs and government are working together to empower consumers and save energy.

May 28, 2014
Applications powered by open energy data were on display at a previous Energy Datapalooza in June 2012. | Photo by Sarah Gerrity, Energy Department.
Harnessing the Power of Data, Technology and Innovation for a Clean Energy Economy

Advances in technology are making it easier for American consumers and businesses to better understand how they are using and saving energy.

May 23, 2014
This EnerVault flow battery stores power from the solar panels and releases it as needed. | Photo courtesy of EnerVault.
Smoothing the Flow of Renewable Solar Energy in California’s Central Valley

How flow batteries can support renewables and resiliency on the grid.

May 22, 2014
How the National Labs Help Us Understand the Inner Workings of Power Plants

Learn more about research at the National Energy Technology Lab that's helping us understand more about what happens inside power plants.

May 21, 2014
Secretary Moniz's First Year

Check out our new interactive timeline to recap top moments from Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz's first year in office.

May 20, 2014
Sandia National Laboratories are home to the state-of-the-art Centrifuge Test Complex, with both indoor and outdoor centrifuges designed to simulate environments and situations with high inertial forces, like atmospheric reentry and jet aircraft acceleration. This photo shows the 29-foot-radius indoor centrifuge that's housed in an underground, temperature-controlled environment. The centrifuge can accelerate a maximum payload of 16,000 pounds to 100 Gs, or lighter loads to 300 Gs, allowing researchers to develop satellite and rocket components, geotechnical loads and sensing devices, to name a few. Pictured here, Glenn Yarborough inspects the centrifuge arm while Orlando Abeyta (left) and Ed Romero (right) work above.
 
Photo by Randy Montoya, Sandia National Laboratories.
Photo of the Week: Sandia's Centrifuge Test Complex

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May 15, 2014
All day today, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab is taking over our Instagram account! Jeff Neaton, director of the Molecular Foundry at LBNL, will be posting photos to share what's happening over at Berkeley Lab. So far, he's posted some pretty amazing <a href="http://instagram.com/p/oBYVk0LTTF/" target="_blank">views of the San Francisco Bay</a>, <a href="http://instagram.com/p/oBnBjMLTYw/" target="_blank">wildlife</a> around the lab and even a <a href="http://instagram.com/p/oBsBSBLTQP/" target="_blank">selfie</a> with the attendees of a seminar he's participating in today. <a href="http://instagram.com/energy" target="_blank">Follow Jeff's day on @Energy here</a>, and while you're at it, check out <a href="http://instagram.com/berkeleylab" target="_blank">@BerkeleyLab's Instagram</a>, too. | Photo courtesy of Jeff Neaton, Berkeley Lab.
Photo of the Week: LBNL Takes Over @Energy's Instagram!

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May 14, 2014
The sun rises on the Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. Research at ESIF will help overcome challenges related to the interconnection of distributed energy systems and the integration of renewable energy technologies into the electricity grid. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Lab.
Three Grid Facilities You Should Know About

These National Lab facilities are driving innovations that will modernize and improve our nation's electric grid -- and you should definitely know more about them.

May 14, 2014
Join a White House Google+ Hangout with Energy Secretary Moniz & EPA Administrator McCarthy

Join us on Monday, May 19, 2014, at 1 p.m. ET for a live White House Google+ Hangout with Secretary Moniz and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy about the state of our climate.

May 9, 2014
… Will blow you away. This week, 150 students at 10 universities across the U.S. competed in the <a href="/node/909851">Collegiate Wind Competition</a>, which took place at the American Wind Energy Association’s annual conference. Over the course of three intense days, the students put their wind turbines through rigorous performance testing, crafted their own business plans and pitched their turbine designs to wind industry leaders.
 
In this photo, students from James Madison University take a moment to discuss their strategies for the competition. Learn more about the <a href="http://www4.eere.energy.gov/wind/windcompetition/" target="_blank">Collegiate Wind Competition</a> and the <a href="http://www4.eere.energy.gov/wind/windcompetition/teams" target="_blank">participant teams here</a>. | Photo courtesy of the Energy Department.
Photo of the Week: What Happens in Vegas...

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