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January 15, 2014
EIS-0460: Record of Decision

FutureGen 2.0 Project, Morgan County, Illinois

December 16, 2013
EA-1950: Draft Environmental Assessment

EA-1950: Grand Coulee-Creston Transmission Line Rebuild; Grant and Lincoln Counties, Washington

November 21, 2013
This week, the Energy Department's digital team has been focusing on the rivalry between two of history's most important energy-related engineers: Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla. Edison and Tesla's developments in electric power generation and distribution made possible many later breakthroughs. This 1951 photo shows a simple string of four 100-watt light bulbs powered by the first useful electricity ever produced by nuclear power, generated on December 20, 1951, by Argonne's Experimental Breeder Reactor 1. | Photo courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: Bright Ideas

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November 13, 2013
In 1958, Argonne National Laboratory began the construction of several zero-power reactors (ZPRs), which are nuclear fission reactors that don't actually generate any power. Scientists developed ZPRs to assess the performance of various reactor core configurations before actually building a full nuclear reactor. A series of ZPRs were built leading up to the construction of the Experimental Breeder Reactor-II, a sodium-cooled fast reactor power plant. 
 
In this 1970 photo, an Argonne scientist is loading the matrices of the ZPR-VI reactor prior to its first operation using plutonium fuel. | Photo courtesy of the Department of Energy.
Photo of the Week: The Sixth Zero Power Reactor

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November 1, 2013
EIS-0460: EPA Notice of Availability of Final Environmental Impact Statement

FutureGen 2.0 Project, Morgan County, Illinois

October 25, 2013
EIS-0460: Final Environmental Impact Statement

FutureGen 2.0 Project, Morgan County, Illinois

September 19, 2013
In this photo, two Argonne researchers are pictured with Argonne's first digital computer, AVIDAC. Designed and built by Argonne's Physics Division for $250,000, it began operations on January 28, 1953. AVIDAC stands for "Argonne Version of the Institute's Digital Automatic Computer" and was based on architecture developed by mathematician John von Neumann. Groundbreaking as it was, today's smartphones are far more sophisticated and powerful than this machine. | Photo courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: Throwback Thursday with AVIDAC

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August 13, 2013
CX-010800: Categorical Exclusion Determination

Hybrid Membrane/Absorption Process for Post-Combustion Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Capture
CX(s) Applied: A1, A9, A11, B3.6
Date: 08/13/2013
Location(s): Illinois
Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

July 19, 2013
Yesterday, representatives from the Energy Department, the European Commission and Argonne National Lab celebrated the launch of the Electric Vehicle-Smart Grid Interoperability Center. From left to right: Mr. Giovanni De Santi, Director of the JRC Institute for energy and transport (IET); Mr. Dominique Ristori, Director-General of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC); Dr. Phyllis Yoshida, DOE Deputy Assistant Secretary for Europe, Asia and the Americas; Dr. Eric Isaacs, Director of Argonne National Laboratory. | Photo courtesy of Argonne National Lab.
Energy Department Partners with EU on Electric Vehicle and Smart Grid Coordination

As electric vehicle sales continue to grow, vehicles, charging stations and communication systems will need to work in unison with the electric grid. Learn what the Energy Department is doing to ensure this happens.

June 6, 2013
SiNode Systems

SiNode Systems is a battery materials venture developing silicon-graphene anodes for the next generation of lithium-ion batteries. SiNode anodes offer higher battery capacity and faster charging rates, all while being produced via a low cost solution chemistry-based manufacturing process.

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