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Environmental Cleanup

March 16, 2011
Ener-G-Rotors' 5kW prototype system | courtesy of Ener-G-Rotors
Turning Waste Heat into Power: Ener-G-Rotors and the Entrepreneurial Mentorship Program

If you’ve ever driven by an industrial plant, you’ve probably noticed big white plumes rising from the tops of the facilities. While it might look like smoke or pollution at first glance, most of the time those white plumes are comprised of steam and heat, or what Ener-G-Rotors CEO Michael Newell calls waste heat. Mike and the researchers of Ener-G-Rotors are finding ways to use this escaped steam and turn it into energy.

February 22, 2011
Demolishing Decay at the Hanford Site

Check out this epic demolition video from the Hanford Site in Washington state. But its more than just great footage -- this represents important progress in the cleanup of the environmental legacy of one of America's most famous scientific undertakings -- the Manhattan Project.

February 8, 2011
 Darfuri woman using a Berkeley-Darfur cookstove | Courtesy of
Berkeley Lab’s Ashok Gadgil Takes Fuel Efficient Cookstoves to Ethiopia

Find out how researchers from the Department of Energy are using technology and innovation to bring clean-burning cookstoves to the developing world. Their project is helping increase safety for families while simultaneously reducing deforestation and greenhouse gas emissions.

November 10, 2010
Volunteers from the Waverly Trees Forever group are planting windbreak trees on the north side of the mobile home court. Waverly experienced record flooding in 2008. | Photo Courtesy of Trees Forever
Iowa Shade Trees Bring Energy Bills Down, Beauty Up

In 2008, flooding and tornados tore across Iowa, devastating communities and natural landscapes across the state. More than 30 percent of the trees in Parkersburg, a small town hit hard by the tornado, were displaced and destroyed. Thanks to one local non-profit and Recovery Act funds, volunteers are "re-greening" the community.

October 21, 2010
Employees of the Savannah River Site's M Area Operable Unit (MAOU) gather at the completed site.
A Milestone for Savannah River Site

The end of an era -- and the beginning of a new chapter for the Savannah River Site.

October 1, 2010
Geek-Up[10.01.10] -- Mapping Bioenergy and Magnetic Vector Potential, New Atmosphere-Monitoring Tools and "Sour" Gas Streams

Geeks, pay attention! We've got a BioEnergy Atlas, aerosols and climate, sour stuff, and 3D magnetic interactions in this edition of the Geek Up!

September 30, 2010
A Path Forward for the Gulf Coast

Our country has made a promise to the people and small businesses of the Gulf Coast to restore their environment, economy and health, and continue a conversation with the fisherman, environmental workers, elected officials, health officials, scientists and Gulf residents on how to restore the Gulf.

September 14, 2010
Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman observes instrumentation in the X-333 Process Building Control Room during his visit to the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant. | DOE photo
Standing by Ohio: Cleaning Up our Environmental Legacy

Deputy Secretary of Energy Dan Poneman visits Ohio to mark a milestone in the Department’s efforts to clean up our environmental legacy.

August 19, 2010
Recovery Act Progress at Idaho National Lab

North Wind Services will be constructing several new structures at the INL Radioactive Waste Management Complex -- facilities that will provide important protection from the elements and minimize the spread of contamination during buried waste excavation, retrieval and packaging operations.

August 18, 2010
New Contract Helps Portsmouth GDP Cleanup

To accelerate the Portsmouth GDP cleanup efforts left over from the Cold War, the Department of Energy made a huge step forward in our nuclear environmental cleanup efforts.