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June 19, 2012
Prepping Power Engineers for the Smart Grid

Bonneville Power Administration and Washington State University have designed a special program that’s preparing the power workforce for the nation’s smarter energy future.

May 30, 2012
America’s Competitiveness Depends on a 21st Century Grid

Secretary Chu highlights the need for a transition of our electric system to the 21st century grid.

February 17, 2012
Fuel cell forklifts like the one shown here are used by leading companies across the U.S. as part of their daily business operations. | Energy Department file photo.
Leaders of the Fuel Cell Pack

The Energy Department’s "Business Case for Fuel Cells 2011" report illustrates how top American companies are using fuel cells in their business operations to advance their sustainability goals, save millions of dollars in electricity costs, and reduce carbon emissions by hundreds of thousands of metric tons per year.

February 14, 2012
What Would the President's Proposed 2013 Budget Mean to the Energy Department?

Secretary Chu details President Barack Obama's $27.2 billion fiscal year 2013 budget request for the Department of Energy.

December 16, 2011
A clean, efficient fuel cell powered the tree lights at the 2011 Energy Department holiday party. | Energy Department file photo.
Fuel Cell Powers Up Festivities at Secretary Chu’s Holiday Party

In addition to the traditional holiday fare, guests were presented with something new. For the first time ever, the lights used to decorate the holiday tree were powered by a clean, efficient fuel cell.

November 7, 2011
Improved Power Control in the Palm of Your Hand

A new kind of thyristor – an electronic switch – has the potential to change the landscape for power control and conversion.
 And it's thanks to a partnership between the Energy Department’s Sandia National Laboratory (SNL) and GeneSiC Semiconductor that this technology is now on the market. Learn more.

September 26, 2011
Berkeley Lab researchers have designed a new anode -- a key component of lithium ion batteries -- made from a "tailored polymer" (pictured above at right in purple). It has a greater capacity to store energy since it can conduct electricity itself rather than using a polymer binder (such as PVDF, pictured above at left in brown) in the traditional method.
National Labs Leading Charge on Building Better Batteries

Teams at two of the Energy Department's laboratories are making headway on two projects that will enable building a new lithium battery that charges faster, lasts longer, runs more safely, and might also arrive on the market in the not-too-distant future. Learn more.

September 20, 2011
Developing a smarter electrical system also involves investment in training programs to build the workforce we need to successfully design, implement and sell these technologies. The Energy Department funds Smart Grid Workforce Training programs across the country, as pictured above. <a href="http://energy.gov/articles/power-jobs-smart-grid-workforce">Find out more about the exciting career opportunities smart grid technology is enabling</a>.
Power Jobs: The Smart Grid Workforce

“Really anyone who likes science or math, we’ve probably got a job for you,” said Justin Johnson, Senior Director of Engineering at Oncor, one of the country’s largest transmission and distribution utilities based in Dallas, Texas. Find out more about the exciting career opportunities smart grid technology is offering.

September 9, 2011
Navy Veteran Gary Watts is a recent graduate of Power4Vets, a project funded through the Office of Electricity and Energy Reliability's Smart Grid Workforce Development Program to put veterans back to work in civilian energy jobs. | Photo courtesy of Power4Vets
Navy Veteran Back to Work on the Smart Grid

Read about Power4Vets -- a program funded by Recovery Act money through the Energy Department’s Smart Grid Workforce Training program, which is helping to prepare the next generation of workers in the utility and electric industries for smart grid-related jobs.

July 5, 2011
Bob Wilds working at a winding machine. | Photo Courtesy of Waukesha Electric Systems
Using Experience to Train the Next Generation of Workers

Bob Wilds puts his years of experience to the test as he trains the new coil winders in Wisconsin.