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February 7, 2014
SunShot Grand Challenge Summit 2014

Registration is now open for the 2014 SunShot Grand Challenge Summit and Peer Review. Visit the Grand Challenge Summit website today to access registration rates and instructions, the event program, useful resources, travel and venue information, and stay up-to-date on the latest Summit news and announcements.

February 7, 2014
EIS-0402: Amended Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement

Remediation of Area IV and the Northern Buffer Zone of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory

February 5, 2014
Senior Obama Administration Officials to Join Governor Brown, Mayor Garcetti, Other Leaders in L.A. for Climate Task Force Meeting

On Thursday, February 13th, senior Obama Administration officials will join California Governor Jerry Brown, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and state, local and tribal leaders from across the country for a media availability at Los Angeles City Hall

January 15, 2014
Dr. Adam Weber oversees the work of intern Sara Kelly at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California.  Dr. Weber was recently named one of the winners of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers. | Photo by Roy Kaltschmidt, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
10 Questions for a Scientist: Dr. Adam Weber of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Dr. Adam Weber of the Energy Department’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory was recently honored for his cutting edge work to help make hydrogen fuel cells and their components more efficient and durable. Dr. Weber talks to us about what inspired him to become a scientist, why he loves Lord of the Rings, and gives some advice to future scientists.

January 13, 2014
SunShot Grand Challenge Summit 2014

The DOE SunShot Initiative Grand Challenge Summit 2014 will bring together more than 800 members of the solar community including SunShot-funded project teams, industry leaders, innovative researchers and scientists, and local, state and federal government policymakers to review the progress made and discuss the challenges ahead to make solar energy more affordable and widespread across America. The event will include activities that celebrate the accomplishments across more than 250 SunShot-funded projects and discuss the path forward for the U.S. solar energy industry.

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?

Check out our favorite energy-related photos!

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

Check out our favorite energy-related photos!

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