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November 4, 2014
USDA Rural Small Business Connection Event

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will host Rural Small Business Connections, providing small businesses with networking sessions and opportunities to build capacity and do business with USDA and other Federal agencies.

October 30, 2014
Raising the Bar for Quality PV Modules

Since the development and codification of testing standards for PV modules requires a lengthy multiyear process, Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative and National
Renewable Energy Laboratory worked together on an accelerated schedule for 9 months in 2013 to develop a voluntary standard that goes beyond current test protocols to
qualify superior PV modules.

October 16, 2014
LM 22-14

NEPA ID: LM 22-14
Determination: B3.1
Short Title: Stanford Linear Accelerator Center-Science Focus Area (SLAC-SFA) Geoprobe Sampling Near the Naturita, Colorado, Title I Uranium Mill Tailings Radiation Control Act Processing Site

October 9, 2014
WAPA Participates in Business Opportunities in the Energy Industry

Energy entrepreneurs will meet industry representatives, learn more about marketplace trends plus explore purchasing, and contracting activity. Independent energy
producers will share how to access their supply chains and upcoming business opportunities.

September 19, 2014
EIS-0483: EPA Notice of Availability of Draft Environmental Impact Statement

Estes to Flatiron Substation Transmission Lines Rebuild Project, Larimer County, Colorado

September 9, 2014
EA-1611-S1: Draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment

Colorado Highlands Wind Project, Logan County, Colorado

August 25, 2014
Element One Reduces Cost of Hydrogen Leak Detection Systems

In 2012, Element One was named as a runner-up in the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) “America’s Next Top Energy Innovator” challenge—a competition among 36 companies that optioned to license patents from DOE national laboratories. Element One signed the option agreement in order to utilize patented technology in its development of low-Element One, Inc. of Boulder, Colorado, has patented unique hydrogen leak detection materials that form the basis for a wide array of very low-cost hydrogen detection systems. Applied as a thin film, or incorporated into paints and inks, the materials change color and conductivity to alert users to the presence of hydrogen at concentrations as low as 0.04%. Prototype-detection systems for several other hazardous gases—such as hydrogen sulfide, ammonia, and chlorine—have been developed as well. This technology has the potential to dramatically reduce costs, while improving the ability to detect hazardous gas leaks.

Element One’s materials have applications in a variety of products, such as aerosol indicating paints, marking pens, decals, tapes, shrink wraps, and protective covers for piping systems. They can also be incorporated as a very low-cost sensing element in wireless detectors. Due to their low cost, these materials can be used to supplement electronic sensors and be readily deployed at potential leak sites to provide new levels of safety and economy wherever hydrogen is produced or used.

Element One has received many inquiries about novel uses for its hydrogen-indicating technology. For example, several auto manufacturers have contacted the company regarding the use of its low-cost detection technologies in the next generation of hydrogen fuel cell vehicles.

In 2012, Element One was named as a runner-up in DOE’s “America’s Next Top Energy Innovator” challenge—a competition among 36 companies that licensed patents from DOE’s national laboratories. Element One has completed two projects with Sandia National Laboratories, which include conducting field tests of color-changing paints and beginning to fabricate thin-film wireless sensors. This year, Element One continues to research thin film at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado, working under both a memorandum of understanding and research contract at NREL’s Hydrogen Sensor Laboratory.

The Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) conducts comprehensive efforts to overcome the technological, economic, and institutional barriers to the widespread commercialization of hydrogen and fuel cells.

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cost wireless hydrogen sensor networks.

August 13, 2014
Ute Tribe Energy Conference & Expo

Save the date for this international gathering of energy-producing Tribes, governments, and companies envisioning a path forward toward a more sustainable future. This two-day conference and expo will provide information on national policy and budget, state oil and gas, tribal energy companies and tribal policies for success.

August 7, 2014
Colorado Community Readiness Efforts for PEVs Support State Policy Development

Project FEVER (Fostering Electric Vehicle Expansion in the Rockies), funded by EERE’s Clean Cities plug-in electric vehicle community readiness award, has supported the development of Colorado state policies to accelerate the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs).

July 23, 2014
Jennie Jorgenson has been working at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, CO since 2012. Here she's on campus, playing music with colleagues. Photo credit Dennis Schroeder
Women @ Energy: Jennie Jorgenson

"If you enjoy tackling challenging problems and asking big questions, STEM might be a good fit. It’s essential to make sure that your chosen field of work can keep you interested – passion can help make a great scientist."