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View a slideshow from the <a href="/node/603176">2013 ARPA-E Summit Technology Showcase</a>, including a Tesla Model S electric sedan. | Photo by <a href="http://energy.gov/contributors/sarah-gerrity">Sarah Gerrity</a>, Energy Department.

View a slideshow from the 2013 ARPA-E Summit Technology Showcase, including a Tesla Model S electric sedan. | Photo by Sarah Gerrity, Energy Department.

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.

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Wrap Up: 2013 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit
Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla Motors, and Secretary Chu during a fireside chat at the 2013 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit | Photo by <a href="http://energy.gov/contributors/sarah-gerrity">Sarah Gerrity</a>, Energy Department.

The 2013 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit concluded Wednesday with a final networking session in the Technology Showcase.

Energy Innovation Hubs: Achieving Our Energy Goals with Science
Secretary Chu stops at Oak Ridge National Lab in February 2012 for a quick, nuclear-themed visit that included a tour of the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL) and a stop at the new Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF).  | Photo courtesy of Oak Ridge National Lab

Energy Innovation Hubs are integrated research centers that combine basic and applied research with engineering to accelerate scientific discovery in critical energy issue areas.

Houston We have a Solution: University Teams Tackle Efficiency’s Barriers
Secretary Chu with students from MIT at the Better Buildings Case Competition finale, held in Washington D.C. | Photo by Ken Shipp.

The Better Buildings Case Competition challenges university teams to tackle persistent barriers to energy-efficiency. Find out which teams came out on top at the finale event.

Clean Energy Markets: We've Got the Innovation and Deployment Cart and Horse Backwards
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China has become the world’s largest producer of solar modules. But did you know that these Chinese manufacturers are using technology breakthroughs developed in the United States? What’s the disconnect in the US's ability to deploy it?