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Additive manufacturing, also know as 3D printing, has helped spark a creative manufacturing renaissance, allowing companies to create products in new ways while also reducing material waste, saving energy and shortening the time needed to bring products to market. Learn more about this game-changing technology.

As a science agency, the Energy Department plays an important role in the innovation economy. The Department catalyzes the transformative growth of basic applied scientific research, the discovery and development of new clean energy technologies and prioritizes scientific innovation as a cornerstone of US economic prosperity.

Through initiatives like the Loan Guarantee Program and the Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy, the Department funds cutting-edge research and the deployment of innovative clean energy technologies. The Department also encourages collaboration and cooperation between industry, academia and government to create a vibrant scientific ecosystem.

In addition, the Energy Department's 17 National Labs are a system of intellectual assets unique among world scientific institutions and serve as regional engines of economic growth for states and communities across the country.


National Lab Projects Win R&D 100 Awards
In the photo above, a mirrored parabolic dish directs sunbeams to a central point, where a device absorbs the solar heat to make syngas, solar-boosted natural gas. This new system was recognized with a 2014 R&D 100 Award. | Photo courtesy of Pacific Northwest National Lab.

From solar-boosted natural gas to a more efficient electric vehicle battery charger, innovations by the Energy Department's National Labs swept the field in this year's R&D 100 awards, the "Oscars of Innovation."

A Clean Energy Revolution -- Now

Critics often say America's clean energy future will “always be five years away.” For four key clean energy technologies, that clean energy future has already arrived.

Day 2 at the 2014 ARPA-E Innovation Summit

A spirit of entrepreneurship was in the air on day two of the ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit.