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January 10, 2014
Making Algal Biofuel Production More Efficient, Less Expensive

Tiny algae can play a big role in tackling America's energy challenges. Recent scientific breakthroughs and projects, funded by the Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office, have resulted in a number of advancements that are helping make algal biofuel more cost competitive and widely available.

December 27, 2013
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The National Ignition Facility (NIF) is a large research device located at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. The NIF uses powerful lasers to heat and compress hydrogen fuel to the point where nuclear fusion reactions take place. It is currently the largest and most energetic inertial confinement fusion device in the world. Researchers use the NIF to ensure the safety of nuclear weapons, explore the potential of fusion as a safe energy source, and understand how the universe was created.
 
In this photo, NIF Team members Bruno Van Wonterghem (left), Jim Nally (pointing) and Rod Saunders watch through a newly installed viewing window, which allows the NIF team and visitors to see inside the chamber while it is vacuum-sealed for experiments.
 
Fun fact: NIF was also used as the set for the starship Enterprise’s warp core in the movie Star Trek Into Darkness. <a href="https://lasers.llnl.gov/" target="_blank">Learn more about the NIF</a>. | Photo courtesy of Jacqueline McBride, LLNL.
Photo of the Week: Real-Life Laser Device or Star Trek Set?

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December 6, 2013
The photo above is of a cryogenically cooled target in the National Ignition Facility as "seen" by the laser through the hohlraum's laser entrance hole. | Photo courtesy of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Top 10 Things You Didn't Know About Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

From nuclear security to supercomputing, Lawrence Livermore National Lab is leading the way in science and technological innovation.

December 5, 2013
Researchers at Berkeley Lab helped develop the first energy-efficient dual-paned windows, now used in buildings and homes worldwide for billions of dollars in energy savings. Current windows research in the Environmental Energy Technologies Division at Berkeley Lab is aimed at developing new glazing materials, windows simulation software and other advanced high-performance window systems. The building shown here, located at Berkeley Lab, is a windows testing facility. | Photo courtesy of Roy Kaltschmidt, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: The First Energy-Efficient Dual-Paned Windows

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December 4, 2013
EIS-0496: Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement

San Luis Transmission Project, Alameda, Merced, San Joaquin and Stanislaus Counties, California

November 15, 2013
EA-1752: Draft Environmental Assessment

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) Compressed Air Energy Storage (CAES) Compression Testing Phase and Temporary Site Facilities, Kings Island, San Joaquin County, California

November 14, 2013
A Los Angeles lighting project is saving the city $7 million a year in electricity costs. | Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Bureau of Street Lighting
Lighting the Way for Big Energy Savings in Los Angeles

The world’s largest light emitting diode (LED) conversion project to date is under way in Los Angeles, California. In the project’s first phase alone, the city retrofitted more than 141,000 streetlights, reducing energy use by 63% and saving the city $7 million a year in electricity costs.

November 4, 2013
AWEA Wind Project Operations and Maintenance and Safety Seminar

The AWEA Wind Project O&M and Safety Seminar is designed for owners, operators, turbine manufactures, material suppliers, wind technicians, managers, supervisors, engineers, and occupational environmental, health, and safety professionals who come together to discuss the best strategies to manage wind project assets while fully understanding the environmental, health, and safety challenges workers face.

November 4, 2013
Philipp Klebert, center, celebrates after learning Vienna University of Technology placed first in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 at Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California.  | Photo by Stefano Paltera, U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon
Setting the Stage for the Next Solar Decathlon

As we close another impressive chapter in Solar Decathlon history, we look forward to the next event in 2015. Colleges, universities, and other post-secondary educational institutions are welcome to submit application proposals to the Energy Department. Up to 20 teams will selected based on quantity and quality of proposals