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December 5, 2016
EERE Success Story—Energy Department Toolkits Help Businesses Save Money from Energy Efficiency Upgrades

The toolkit integrates new and existing technical tools that give small and medium commercial buildings the ability to analyze and evaluate measures for HVAC equipment, interior equipment, lighting and/or whole building measures.

November 30, 2016
The Salton Sea region is one of North America's prime sources of lithium. | Photo Courtesy: Pure Energy
EERE Success Story—Geothermal Technology to Help Meet High Lithium Demand

In 2014, the Energy Department’s Geothermal Technologies Office introduced its mineral recovery research and development program to identify methods of recovering lithium and rare earth elements found in geothermal fluids. This year the effort expanded to include evaluation of comparable methods in other industries and the potential to translate successful methodologies for use in geothermal mineral recovery.

November 15, 2016
State Energy Program Projects in California

Over the years, California has dedicated the Energy Department’s (DOE’s) State Energy Program (SEP) resources to support a number of energy efficiency projects, such as its Appliance Efficiency Program, which set new standards for showerheads and lavatory faucets, and to leverage its experience with energy savings performance contracting to retrofit public facilities.

November 1, 2016
SunPower is using drones and robotics to improve the development and operation of large-scale solar projects. Photo courtesy of SunPower.
EERE Success Story—Drones Help Solar Site Design Take Flight

The commercial and civic benefits of drones are growing—from surveying the eye of a hurricane to helping farmers maintain healthy crops—enabling researchers to imagine new possibilities for the emerging technology. Now, researchers think drones can help the solar industry.  

July 13, 2016
Photo Courtesy | Lumileds
EERE Success Story—Improving the Efficiency and Lowering the Cost of LED Lighting

One of the biggest initial barriers to the widespread adoption of energy-efficient light-emitting diodes (LEDs) has been the cost. While considerable progress has been made on that front, further cost reductions will result in even wider adoption and thus greater energy savings – which will be deepened by continued improvements in efficacy.

July 12, 2016
ASES Solar 2016 Conference

The SOLAR 2016 Conference is a four-day event with plenary sessions and forums on the advancement of renewable energy in the U.S., discussions on pre-publication research, and networking opportunities.

May 31, 2016
EERE Success Story—Zero-order Reaction Kinetics (Zero-RK) Coding Is Designing the Next-Generation Engines

A computer code developed by a trio of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers has significantly advanced predictive computer science for designing next-generation car and truck engines.

May 18, 2016
Suniva installation at Grand Valley State University. Photo courtesy of Suniva.
The SunShot Story: Challenging the Solar Industry to Say ‘What If’ Since 2011

Since 2011, the SunShot Initiative has bolstered the U.S. solar energy industry by funding innovative, cutting-edge technologies that have an immediate, measurable impact on reducing the cost of solar power in an effort to make solar electricity fully cost-competitive with traditional energy sources, without incentives, by 2020.

April 20, 2016
EERE Success Story— Hydropower Fellowship Program Leading Students to Industry Careers

The Hydro Research Foundation’s (HRF) Hydro Fellowship Program allowed outstanding up-and-coming student fellows to conduct hydropower-related research—all made possible by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy.

April 18, 2016
KWh Analytics employees discuss their solar portfolio management platform, HelioStats.
EERE Success Story—Data Access and Analytics Improve Solar Valuation

As the solar energy industry expands, banks and investors increasingly require higher quality data and tools to quantify the risks associated with solar projects and integrating more solar assets into their portfolios. Without data standards, transactions for solar projects take longer than necessary and can require higher than normal interest rates. Solar projects can even be valued below their true worth due to the perceived risks around system performance and future profitability.