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July 13, 2016
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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.

April 12, 2016
These before and after photos of Lake Oroville in Northern California show the dramatic results of extended years of drought. Funding support from the Energy Department to California’s Appliance Efficiency Program is lowering flow rates for faucets and showerheads as well as helping the state maintain a nearly constant level of electricity consumption per capita despite population growth.
EERE Success Story—Energy Department Assists with Conserving Water in California

Energy and water are strongly interdependent in the U.S. economy. Electricity generation requires water, and water treatment and distribution require energy. The Energy Department has studied this water-energy nexus and it has funded state initiatives promoting both water and energy conservation.

April 8, 2016
CX-014728: Categorical Exclusion Determination

Building 59 Upgrade and NERSC Upgrades, Installation, and Operation LB-CX-16-01
CX(s) Applied: B1.5, B1.15, B1.31, B1.7
Date: 04/08/2016
Location(s): California
Offices(s): Berkeley Site Office

April 4, 2016
The SLAC/NREL research team poses with the rapid thermal processing instrument at SLAC, which allowed them to uncover how contact paste performs in solar modules.
EERE Success Story - Back to the Basics: Studying Solar Cell Components

As any athlete will tell you, going back to the basics when practicing a sport can provide a refreshed perspective on skills that will improve overall performance. One SunShot Initiative awardee found the same principle can be applied to the science behind the decades-old practice of attaching metal contacts to solar cells.

March 31, 2016
PPG Industries’ online tool, Construct, allows users to quickly build a virtual Insulated Glass Unit (IGU) and calculate its thermal and optical properties. Image credit: PPG Industries.
EERE Success Story—Energy Efficient Windows to Reach Market Quicker with New Tool

About 10% of the energy used in U.S. buildings—approximately 4 quads per year—compensates for energy lost through windows. To address this inefficiency, architects, engineers, and home-builders are advocating the use of high-performance windows, which are composed of insulated glass units (IGUs). IGUs lessen unwanted heat gain by combining insulating frames and multiple panes, thin film coatings, and special gas fills between the panes, while selecting for other properties, such as transmittance of visible light and solar heat gain.