Watch the full video of Senior Advisor Richard Kauffman October 20, 2011 live chat on energy.gov. He spoke about what drew him to the Department from the private sector, and answered questions -- via email, Twitter and Facebook -- on innovation and deployment, and on how we can ensure U.S. leadership in the global renewable energy race.
In the U.S., businesses tend to invest in research that will pay off in the short term. National laboratories are filling a gap by conducting the essential research that will change the game 10 to 20 years down the road. Learn more about how years of conducting advanced research in both the private and public sectors led to battery technology that made electric cars possible.
General Electric (GE) announced that it will build a new thin-film photovoltaic (PV) solar panel manufacturing facility based on innovative technology originally developed at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL).
GE expects that the plant will produce enough solar panels annually to provide electricity to 80,000 homes and to create 355 jobs in Colorado over the next three to five years.