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October 17, 2011
Steps to Commercialization: Nickel Metal Hydride Batteries

The Energy Department funds cutting-edge research on a broad range of topics ranging from advanced battery construction to the modeling of industrial processes and supercomputer simulation of supernovae.

October 1, 2011
CSI-1-H Wholesale Power Rate Schedule

Area: Southern Illinois
System: CU

September 30, 2011
Colorized TEM (Transmission Electron Microscopy) micrograph of a cell of <i>Geobacter sulfurreducens</i> (orange) with its pili (yellow) stretching out like arms and immobilizing the uranium (black precipitate). | Image courtesy of Dena Cologgi and Gemma Reguera, Michigan State University
Geobacter: The Junk Food Connoisseurs of the Bacterial Kingdom

With a healthy appetitie for uranium and petroleum, this family of bacteria clean up nuclear waste and other toxic materials. A team of researchers has discovered exactly how they use their arms to do this.

September 28, 2011
CX-006932: Categorical Exclusion Determination

Development of High-Energy Lithium-Sulfur Battery Cells
CX(s) Applied: B3.6
Date: 09/28/2011
Location(s): Argonne, Illinois
Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

September 27, 2011
Department of Energy Awards $2 Million for National University Clean Energy Business Challenge to Jump Start Young Entrepreneurship

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced $2 million over three years for six regional awardees to create and administer a network of student-focused business creation competitions and inspire young entrepreneurs to found innovative, clean energy companies. Announced by DOE’s Acting Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Dr.

September 22, 2011
Secretary Chu participating at the recent International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Scientific Forum in Vienna, Austria | Photo courtesy of Dean Calma/IAEA
Secretary Chu’s Nobel Prize Winning Research Unexpectedly Addressing Global Water Challenge

Decades ago, Steven Chu, a young researcher at Bell Labs working on atomic physics, developed a method to use lasers to trap individual atoms. In 1997, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for this research. Years later, scientists are now using this research in the hopes of accomplishing something completely different...

September 21, 2011
EA-1823: Draft Environmental Assessment

Rockford Solar Energy Project, Chicago-Rockford Airport, Winnebago County, Illinois

September 14, 2011
Rich Earley, CEO of Clean Urban Energy presents at Clean Energy Trust's Clean Energy Challenge in March 2011 | Courtesy of Clean Energy Trust
Innovation Ecosystems Spur Rapid Growth for Startups, Entrepreneurs

To accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship across the nation and move cutting-edge clean energy technologies from the lab to the marketplace, a year ago the Energy Department launched the Innovation Ecosystem Initiative. 



September 12, 2011
CX-006812: Categorical Exclusion Determination

Demolition of Site 12 Barn
CX(s) Applied: B1.23
Date: 09/12/2011
Location(s): Batavia, Illinois
Office(s): Science, Fermi Site Office

September 9, 2011
CX-006797: Categorical Exclusion Determination

Chicago Climate Action Plan Advanced Transportation Technologies Initiative
CX(s) Applied: A9, B5.1
Date: 09/09/2011
Location(s): Chicago, Illinois
Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Golden Field Office