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May 30, 2014
SunShot Grand Challenge Summit: Bright Outlook to Achieve SunShot Goal

Last week, hundreds of solar energy leaders gathered in southern California to participate in SunShot’s biennial Grand Challenge Summit. Read a recap of the four-day event, which focused on making solar energy fully cost-competitive with traditional forms of energy by 2020.

May 23, 2014
This EnerVault flow battery stores power from the solar panels and releases it as needed. | Photo courtesy of EnerVault.
Smoothing the Flow of Renewable Solar Energy in California’s Central Valley

How flow batteries can support renewables and resiliency on the grid.

May 22, 2014
Solar Community Comes Out in Full Force for SunShot Grand Challenge Summit

A packed crowd of leaders across the solar community gathered in Anaheim, California, for the 2014 SunShot Grand Challenge Summit.

May 21, 2014
Ali Zaidi, Deputy Director for Energy Policy, The White House Domestic Policy Council delivers keynote at the 2014 SunShot Grand Challenge Summit. | Photo courtesy of the SunShot Initiative.
The Final 40%: SunShot charges forward to tackle solar challenges!

At the peak of the SunShot Grand Challenge Summit, an all-star lineup of speakers kicked off the third day, jam-packed with discussions and idea-generating activities to help solve some of the toughest problems in solar energy.

May 20, 2014
Energy Department Announces New Prize Challenge to Drive Down Solar Costs

To kick off the SunShot Initiative’s Grand Challenge Summit and Peer Review, the Energy Department today announced SunShot Catalyst, a new prize competition to spur the rapid creation and development of products and solutions that address near-term challenges in the U.S. solar marketplace.

May 15, 2014
All day today, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab is taking over our Instagram account! Jeff Neaton, director of the Molecular Foundry at LBNL, will be posting photos to share what's happening over at Berkeley Lab. So far, he's posted some pretty amazing <a href="http://instagram.com/p/oBYVk0LTTF/" target="_blank">views of the San Francisco Bay</a>, <a href="http://instagram.com/p/oBnBjMLTYw/" target="_blank">wildlife</a> around the lab and even a <a href="http://instagram.com/p/oBsBSBLTQP/" target="_blank">selfie</a> with the attendees of a seminar he's participating in today. <a href="http://instagram.com/energy" target="_blank">Follow Jeff's day on @Energy here</a>, and while you're at it, check out <a href="http://instagram.com/berkeleylab" target="_blank">@BerkeleyLab's Instagram</a>, too. | Photo courtesy of Jeff Neaton, Berkeley Lab.
Photo of the Week: LBNL Takes Over @Energy's Instagram!

Check out our favorite energy-related photos!

May 15, 2014
National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition: REEcycle Wins at Caltech FLoW

University of Houston student wins California Institute of Technology’s First Look West Competition for its technology that reclaims rare earth elements from magnets in electronics, creating a sustainable supply of critical components.

May 15, 2014
EA-1752: Finding of No Significant Impact

Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E), Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) Compression Testing Phase Project, San Joaquin, California

May 14, 2014
Financing and Investing in Tribal Renewable Energy Projects

Presentations from the Tribal Leader Energy Forum on Financing and Investing in Tribal Energy Projects in San Diego, CA.

May 13, 2014
Tasios Melis (center) shows plates with tla3 algae and its parent strain to Katie Randolph (left) and Sunita Satyapal during a site visit to his lab at the University of California, Berkeley.
Research Leads to Improved Fuel Yields from Smaller Antenna Algae

A study funded by the Energy Department could lead to big improvements in alternative fuel production. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have discovered that if particular genes are missing in certain strains of algae, the algae can produce more hydrogen and other fuel from full sunlight than the ordinary algae.