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January 13, 2011
This Month's Feature on .EDU Connections: Central Carolina Community College

CCCC students are constructing a testing plant to produce biofuels for the college's vehicles and equipment.

December 3, 2010
Innovations: Making Biofuels More Efficient

A new project is using thermophilic extremophiles -- microorganisms that grow optimally in temperatures above 160 deg F -- to produce a new highly efficient fuel. Learn more.

November 30, 2010
Tuesday Talk: Secretary Chu Answers Your Questions LIVE

Secretary Chu answered questions as a part of the White House’s Tuesday Talk series, calling on the United States to sharply accelerate innovations in clean energy.

November 9, 2010
A First Step towards Large-Scale Plants to Plastics Engineering

Scientists may be able to produce plastic through a sustainable process based on the energy found in sunlight and carbon dioxide by optimizing the accumulation of fatty acids.

November 5, 2010
Chu in Ireland: A Case Study in Wind Power

Secretary Chu visited Ireland, a country which shares many of the same energy challenges and opportunities as the United States. Like the U.S., Ireland has the potential to tap enormous renewable energy resources.

November 3, 2010
Solar panels at the Community Market Building in Danville, Va., have generated 36.4 MWh of energy since March. | Photo Courtesy of Danville
Historic Virginia Market Powered by Solar Energy

The historic building where area farmers sell produce straight from the field to consumers is now home to Danville, Virg.’s first renewable energy project — a 154-panel solar energy system.

November 2, 2010
From South Carolina to Massachusetts, Recovery Act Boosts Domestic Wind

New facilities will help meet design testing needs right here at home.

October 20, 2010
Baseballs and Barrels: World Statistics Day

Statistics don’t just help us answer trivia questions – they also help us make intelligent decisions. For example, if I heat my home with natural gas, I’m probably interested in what natural gas prices are likely to be this winter.

October 20, 2010
Winter Fuels Season is Right Around the Corner

Weather changes have an impact on the way our nation uses our energy resources, particularly heating fuels.

October 13, 2010
Offshore Wind Project Surges Ahead in South Carolina

The Center for Marine and Wetland Studies studies wind speed data from buoys, which have been measuring wind speed and direction for the past year.