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April 24, 2013
The new hybrid solar-natural gas system from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) works through concentrating solar power, which uses a reflecting surface to concentrate the sun's rays like a magnifying glass. In the case of the new system from PNNL, a mirrored parabolic dish directs sunbeams to a central point, where a device absorbs the solar heat to make syngas.| Photo courtesy of PNNL.
A Renewable Boost for Natural Gas

The race to transition to cleaner, greener natural gas power plants is getting a boost from an unlikely source -- solar energy.

April 23, 2013
Interagency Collaboration to Address Environmental Impacts of Shale Gas Drilling

A memorandum of understanding to perform collaborative research related to airborne emissions and air quality at natural gas drilling sites has been signed by the Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

April 18, 2013
Hydraulic Fracturing Data Collection Tools Improve Environmental Reporting, Monitoring, Protection

Two data collection tools specifically developed for hydraulic fracturing are available to help regulatory agencies monitor drilling and completion operations and enhance environmental protection.

April 16, 2013
Acting ASFE, Christopher Smith, and Alaska Department of Natural Resources Commissioner, Dan Sullivan, sign an MOU at the LNG 17 Global Conference in Houston, Texas, pledging to work together in the effort to get more of Alaska's fossil fuels into the energy stream. Photo courtesy of LNG 17.
DOE Accord Seeks Accelerated Development of Alaska's Vast Unconventional Energy Resources

Development of potentially vast and important unconventional energy resources in Alaska – including viscous oil and methane hydrates – could be accelerated under a Memorandum of Understanding signed today by the state’s Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Department of Energy.

April 15, 2013
Concentrated solar panels are getting a power boost. This summer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) will be testing a new concentrated solar power system -- one that can help natural gas power plants reduce their fuel usage by up to 20 percent. PNNL has developed a system that uses a thermochemical conversion device to convert natural gas and sunlight into a more energy-rich fuel called syngas. By installing the pictured device in front of a concentrating solar power dish, power plants can burn less fuel. <a href="" target=_blank">Learn more about concentrated solar energy at PNNL</a>. | Photo courtesy of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: Boosting Solar Technology

Check out our favorite energy-related photos!

April 10, 2013
President Requests $638.0 Million for Fossil Energy Programs

President Obama’s FY 2014 budget seeks $638.0 million for the Office of Fossil Energy (FE) to advance technologies related to the reliable, efficient, affordable and environmentally sound use of fossil fuels as well as manage the Strategic Petroleum Reserve and Northeast Home Heating Oil Reserve to provide strategic and economic security against disruptions in U.S. oil supplies.

April 9, 2013
Innovative Technology Improves Upgrading Process for Unconventional Oil Resources

An innovative oil-upgrading technology that can increase the economics of unconventional petroleum resources has been developed under a U.S. Department of Energy-funded project.

March 25, 2013
Image of how methane hydrates can form in arctic and marine environments. | Illustration by the Energy Department.
Data from Alaska Test Could Help Advance Methane Hydrate R&D

Methane Hydrates present an enormous energy resource. The Energy Department is working to advance technologies and reap the possible benefits for a more secure energy future.

March 22, 2013
ARPA-E Announces $40 Million for Research Projects to Develop Cleaner and Cheaper Transportation Choices for Consumers

Two New ARPA-E Programs Will Engage Nation’s Brightest Scientists, Engineers and Entrepreneurs in Research Competition to Improve Vehicle Manufacturing Techniques and Natural Gas Conversion

January 10, 2013
Today shale gas accounts for about 25 percent of our natural gas production. And experts believe this abundant supply will mean lower energy costs for millions of families; fewer greenhouse gas emissions; and more American jobs. | Photo courtesy of the EIA.
Energy Department Projects Focus on Sustainable Natural Gas Development

The Energy Department is investing in research and development to make natural gas production as safe and sustainable as possible.