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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.

June 22, 2011
Power Electronics

Power electronics (PE) play a critical role in transforming the current electric grid into the next-generation grid.  PE enable utilities to deliver power to their customers effectively while providing increased reliability, security, and flexibility to the electric power system.

June 22, 2011
Strategic Plan

A modern, reliable, secure, affordable and environmentally sensitive national energy infrastructure is fundamental to our quality of life and energy future. Yet since 1982, growth in peak demand for electricity has exceeded the growth and development of our electric grid. This demand growth will continue due to a growing population; larger homes with burgeoning IT requirements and more elaborate appliances; and the growth of electric vehicles; as well as, the day-to-day energy required to power our hospitals, schools, industries and other necessities of life.

June 22, 2011
National Electricity Delivery Division (NEDD)

Timely, accurate and defensible policy and market analysis is a key ingredient to building and sustaining successful programs at DOE. The National Electricity Delivery Division coordinates OE's policy-related activities which include:

June 15, 2011
Mesquite solar energy project area map. | Photo Courtesy of Sempra Generation
Solar Loan Week: Conditional Loan for Arizona Solar Project

We anticipate the project will generate enough energy to power 31,000 homes.

June 10, 2011
Similar system to the clustering tool that will manufacture TroyCap’s High Energy Density Nanolaminate Capacitor | Credit: TroyC
Innovative High Energy Density Capacitor Design Offers Potential for Clean Energy Applications

Can you imagine a photovoltaic module that’s able to generate and store electricity on its own? Or an electric vehicle (EV) powered by a technology more durable than the advanced batteries in today’s EVs? Innovative solid-state nanocapacitors are making this clean technology possible.