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June 24, 2014
Jonathan Wiley and Eric Kuntzelman rappel more than 300 feet off the ground from a 3-megawatt wind turbine at the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) near Boulder, CO. The Energy Department has made significant investments in wind testing facilities like the NWTC. By supporting the testing and validation of newly developed technologies, we are working to reduce costs for manufacturers, speed deployment of next generation technologies and promote the growth of American companies. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder.
Building a Stronger Foundation for Philanthropic Energy Investments

A series of energy finance roundtables are helping the Energy Department learn more about common barriers to clean energy investment -- and formulate solutions that advance market transformation.

June 19, 2014
3D Printing in 30 Seconds
How 3D Printers Work

As part of our How Energy Works series, learn everything you need to know about 3D printers, from how they work to the different types of systems to the future of the technology.

June 18, 2014
Infographic by <a href="/node/379579">Sarah Gerrity</a>, Energy Department.
How Particle Accelerators Work

As part of our How Energy Works series, this blog explains how particle accelerators work.

June 18, 2014
Infographic by <a href="/node/379579">Sarah Gerrity</a>, Energy Department.
Ensuring the Resiliency of Our Future Water and Energy Systems

A new report explores the interdependencies between our water and energy systems, framing the challenges and opportunities ahead for the Energy Department and our partners.

June 17, 2014
Microgrid equipment at the National Wind Technology Center in Colorado. | Photo courtesy of the National Renewable Energy Lab.
How Microgrids Work

As part of our How Energy Works series, this blog explains how microgrids work.

June 16, 2014
What How Energy Works topic should we cover next? <a href="/node/919166">Vote now</a> using our interactive voting tool. | Graphic by Sarah Gerrity, Energy Department.
How Energy Works: Explaining Game-Changing Energy Technologies

Introducing How Energy Works: a new series that breaks down the inner working of innovative technologies key to driving the Energy Department's mission forward.

June 13, 2014
A worker uses an induction furnace to pour hot metal into an evaporative pattern mold. | Photo courtesy of the National Energy Technology Laboratory.
Top 10 Things You Didn't Know About the National Energy Technology Laboratory

From developing new fossil energy technologies to partnering with coal plants to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the National Energy Technology Lab is conducting game changing research on the frontiers of scientific innovation.

June 13, 2014
What in the world is happening in this photo?

The person pictured here is an Oak Ridge National Laboratory technician, making adjustments to a particle accelerator, part of the Holifield Heavy Ion Research Facility (HHIRF) in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. This photo was taken in January 1987.

HHIRF’s last experimental run was in 1992, but during its decade of operation, it set the stage for a wide range of scientific research experiments at Oak Ridge National Lab. By accelerating intense beams of light ions to strike a target, the facility creates short-lived, radioactive nuclei that are used for astrophysics research. Fun fact: The nuclei exist for just about one-billionth of a second. | Photo courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: We Mustache You a Question

Check out our favorite energy-related photos!

June 13, 2014
Ohio State University Races to the Finish as the Winner of EcoCAR 2

After three years of intense competition, the team from Ohio State University takes first place in EcoCAR 2 for its energy-efficient, consumer-ready alternative fuel vehicle design.

June 12, 2014
The student startup, REEcycle, from the University of Houston swept this year's National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition, taking home all three awards for its innovative method of reclaiming rare earth elements from magnets in electronics. | Photo courtesy of Ken Shipp, Energy Department.
REEcyle Takes the Gold in the 2014 National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition

The student startup from the University of Houston won the Energy Department's 2014 National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition.