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September 14, 2016
EA-2045: Public Scoping Notice, Project Description, and Scoping Meeting Posters/Simulations

Lake Erie Energy Development Corporation’s Project Icebreaker, an Offshore Wind Advanced Technology Demonstration Project, Offshore Cleveland, Ohio in Lake Erie.

August 31, 2016
III-V/Si multi-junction solar cells developed at Ohio State University undergo illuminated current-voltage testing.
EERE Success Story—Solving the Efficiency Puzzle: New Solar Cells Open Pathway to 40% Theoretical Efficiency

The solar cells found in today’s typical photovoltaic (PV) solar panels convert about 20% to 23% of the light that passes through them into electricity, leaving nearly 80% of the their possible energy conversion behind. Thus, improving solar cell efficiency is always an important topic for PV researchers. Normally made from silicon, scientists believe that using different materials or a combination of materials could be a major key to boosting energy conversion and improving efficiency in solar cells.

August 10, 2016
Queen City Forging Revitalized by Oak Ridge National Lab Partnership - U.S. Department of Energy
EERE Success Story—ORNL Revitalizes Heating Process for Queen City Forging

As president of Queen City Forging, a metal components supplier for more than 120 years, he was struggling to remain competitive. In 2004, CEO Rob Mayer drew a majority of his revenue from manufacturing metal parts such as horseshoes and sewing machine rocker arms–but business was declining and his machinery was getting old.

June 8, 2016
CX-014603: Categorical Exclusion Determination

Novel Carbon Dioxide-Selective Membranes for Carbon Dioxide Capture from

May 4, 2016
Credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
EERE Success Story—Energy-Efficient Heat Pump for Colder Regions Keeps Residents Cozy with Lower Utility Bills
National Lab-Industry Partnership Develops New Technology, Surpasses DOE Efficiency and Cost Goals

Home heating is the largest energy expense for most U.S. homeowners and accounts for nearly 30% of energy used in the nation’s residential buildings. Millions of homeowners in colder regions of the country do not have natural gas available, leaving furnaces to be fueled with heating oil, propane, or electricity. This can often result in higher heating bills for homeowners.

April 27, 2016
Deputy Under Secretary Klaus Visits the Fernald Preserve in Ohio
Observing the remedial and ecological changes from atop the Fernald Preserve
On-Site Disposal Facility (from left to right) Yvonne Deyo (Navarro),
Jonathan Graebener (U.S. Army Interagency Fellow), Tania Smith Taylor (DOE LM),
April 19, 2016
Watershed Protection at the Fernald Preserve in Ohio

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), and Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (Ohio EPA) are working with a local land trust organization to acquire conservation easements within the Paddys Run watershed. Funds for this effort are provided from a Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) natural-resource damage settlement. DOE and Ohio EPA settled their claim in November 2008. As part of the settlement, DOE paid $13.75 million to compensate for natural resource injury.

March 3, 2016
CX-014593: Categorical Exclusion Determination

Combined PV/Battery Grid Integration with High Frequency Magnetics Enabled Power Electronics
CX(s) Applied: B5.15
Date: 03/03/2016
Location(s): Ohio
Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

January 15, 2016
EERE Success Story—New Tire Technologies Can Improve Fuel Efficiency by More Than 5%

Cooper Tire recently developed concept tires that can improve fuel efficiency by 5.5%, supported by a project from the EERE Vehicle Technologies Office (VTO).  In addition to exceeding VTO’s goal of improving fuel efficiency by 3%, the new tires are more than 23% (5 to 6 pounds) lighter than current tires. They also reduce rolling resistance by more than 30% while still meeting performance and durability goals.

January 14, 2016
Fernald Preserve: A Learning Destination
Group visit to see monitoring wells and discuss the wetland and prairie ecology.