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April 21, 2014
Workshop: Recognizing Leading Solar Communities

As a follow up to a recent SunShot request for information, SunShot seeks additional input from the solar community on the design and implementation of a solar recognition program for communities who are making it faster, easier, and cheaper to go solar.

April 21, 2014
Workshop: Partnering with DOE National Labs

The Energy Department’s national labs welcome partnerships with industry, government, academia, small businesses, and nonprofits. This workshop will showcase the unique capabilities of the national labs and identify how they can be harnessed to achieve technical breakthroughs. A panel of representatives from the national labs will describe their respective lab’s core strengths and capabilities, and opportunities and accessibility to collaborate and work with industry to tackle challenges in solar energy. Following each of the presentations, panel members will  field audience questions.

April 18, 2014
What do poplar trees have to do with climate change?
 
In addition to their status as a fast-growing candidate for biofuels production, poplar trees play an important role in influencing plant and animal communities in forest ecosystems. By studying the genetic variants in poplar trees, researchers are working to better understand the impacts of climate change -- and working to develop specific strains of poplars for various applications, like biofuel production.
 
In 2006, researchers at the Energy Department’s Joint Genome Institute led the effort to successfully sequence the genome of the poplar tree. They now have identified the candidate genes that will help domesticate poplar for biomass and reduce the cost of biofuel production. | Photo courtesy of the DOE Joint Genome Institute.
Photo of the Week: Sequencing the Genome of the Poplar Tree

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April 18, 2014
Women in Solar Networking Breakfast

Women In Solar Breakfast, presented by the SunShot Initiative. The women of the SunShot Initiative invite you to join us for a unique opportunity for professional women in the solar community to hear our success stories and learn about opportunities for collaboration. We hope that connections made during this networking event will help strengthen the impact that women have in the solar energy industry. Our featured guest speaker will be ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency–Energy) director Dr. Cheryl Martin.

April 14, 2014
Dr. David Danielson,  Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (second from left), tours FLEXLAB with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory officials in California today. FLEXLAB is the only facility in the nation that allows researchers and industry partners to conduct full-scale outdoor tests of integrated building systems in a fully reconfigurable “plug-in-play” space.  | Photo courtesy of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Innovative Facility Kicks Off First Experiment to Transform Building Energy Performance

Find out how the Energy Department is working to improve the energy efficiency, design, construction and operation of high-performance commercial buildings through research at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's new FLEXLAB, Facility for Low Energy Experiments in Buildings.

April 14, 2014
Media Invitation: 2014 SunShot Grand Challenge Summit and Peer Review

Members of the media are invited to attend the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) SunShot Initiative’s 2014 Grand Challenge Summit and Peer Review in Anaheim, California from May 19-22, 2014.

April 11, 2014
The cyclotron, invented by Ernest Lawrence in the 1930s, is a unique circular particle accelerator, which Lawrence himself referred to as a "proton merry-go-round." In reality, the cyclotron specialized in smashing atoms. Part of this atom-smashing process requires very large, very heavy magnets -- sometimes weighing up to 220 tons. In this photo, workers at the Federal Telegraph facility in Menlo Park, California, are smoothing two castings for 80-ton magnets for use in one of Lawrence's cyclotrons at the University of California, Berkeley. Lawrence passed away in 1958 -- and just 23 days later, the Regents of the University of California voted to rename two of the university's nuclear research sites: Lawrence Livermore and Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories. | Photo courtesy of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: Smashing Atoms with 80-ton Magnets

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April 7, 2014
Breakout Session: Pitch for Solar

As the hardware costs of solar have decreased significantly over the last decade, the non-hardware “soft costs” of solar – like permitting, installation, financing, and grid integration, among others – remain a major barrier to greater solar deployment in the U.S. and make up an increasingly larger fraction of the total cost of a solar energy system. SunShot invites big thinkers, entrepreneurs, and innovators to share their big ideas to help address the challenges to greater solar deployment.

April 7, 2014
Breakout Session: Looking Forward: The Solar Market in 2040

Join us to envision what solar technologies will compose the marketplace in 25 years. Will silicon PV still dominate, or will other technologies become more prominent? How much differentiation by sector segment will we see? Panelists will discuss their vision for the future of solar technology, as well as how this vision should affect research and development investments made today.

Speakers:

Atiye Bayman
Chief Technology Officer, Miasole

April 4, 2014
Keynote Address

Wednesday keynote address by Dan Arvizu, Director, National Renewable Energy Laboratory.