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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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May 8, 2014
Pennsylvania State University was crowned the winner of the Energy Department's inaugural Collegiate Wind Competition. The team designed a small-scale wind turbine that can be easily deployed to provide power in emergency and/or remote power situations.
Pennsylvania State University Wins Big In Las Vegas: Energy Department Crowns Collegiate Wind Competition Champion

Announcing the winner of the Energy Department's first ever Collegiate Wind Competition.

May 1, 2014
This weekend, middle and high school students from across the country competed in the 24th annual National Science Bowl. After a series of round robin and double elimination competitions over the weekend, the final teams went head-to-head in the final rounds at the National Building Museum Monday morning. Mira Loma High School from Sacramento, California, won first prize for the high school competition, while the Greater Boston Science and Math Team emerged victorious in the middle school competition. In this photo, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz addresses the students before final competition awards are announced. | Photo courtesy of the Energy Department.
Photo of the Week: The 2014 National Science Bowl

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April 30, 2014
Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman, center, talks with students at Duke University on April 21, 2014. | Photo courtesy of Duke University.
America's Students Hold Answers to Our Biggest Energy Challenges

Students and communities across the country are working to develop solutions to the biggest energy challenges we face, including climate change.

April 29, 2014
Researchers from the Energy Department's Berkeley and Argonne National Labs have developed a new class of fuel cell catalysts that uses roughly 85 percent less platinum and has more than 30 times the catalytic activity than conventional catalysts. The graphic above highlights the catalyst's different stages throughout its manufacturing process. | Graphic courtesy of Argonne National Lab.
Small Catalyst Finding Could Lead to Big Breakthrough for Fuel Cell Deployment

Researchers at the Energy Department's National Labs have developed a new catalyst that could make fuel cells cost-competitive with other power generators.