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June 8, 2011
Department of Energy Announces up to $70 Million to Advance Technology and Reduce Cost of Geothermal Energy

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In support of President Obama's goal of generating 80% of the country's electricity from clean energy sources by 2035, U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced the availability of up to $70 million in new funding over three years for technology advancements in geothermal energy to accelerate development of this promising clean energy resource.

June 3, 2011
Senator Richard Durbin, University of Chicago President Robert Zimmer, Secretary Chu, and Argonne Director Eric Isaacs break ground for the new Energy Sciences Building. | Photo Courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory
New Construction Jobs Begin as Argonne Builds New Energy Research Facility

Secretary Chu helps Argonne National Laboratory break ground on their new Energy Sciences Building.

May 18, 2011
Listening to our Nation's Small Businesses

In order to find the ways that we can best work with small businesses here at the Energy Department, we turned to the experts – the small business owners themselves -- and held discussions on ways small businesses could increase their access to the Energy Department

May 11, 2011
Making the Most of the Small Business Conference

Veteran participant explains the benefits his company gets out of the Department of energy Annual Small Business Conference.

May 10, 2011
An Update on the Department’s Loan Programs

President Obama has made it clear the nation that wins the clean energy race will likely be the nation that leads the global economy. And in just over two years, the Loan Programs Office has become one of our most significant and most effective tools to meet this challenge and promote America’s leadership in clean energy production and manufacturing.

April 26, 2011
Department of Energy Releases Details of Tribal Summit

Event will gather American Indian and Alaska Native Leaders, Obama administration officials, senior Department of Energy officials and members of Congress

April 25, 2011
Senator Debbie Stabenow at the Revitalizing Innovation in Michigan for Clean Energy Manufacturing Workshop
Revitalizing Innovation in Michigan for Clean Energy Manufacturing

To create jobs and win the clean energy race, we need to make sure technologies are invented in America and made in America. Michigan is working hard to do it's share, diversifying manufacturing expertise beyond automobiles to become a leader in clean energy products.

March 29, 2011
National Renewable Energy Laboratory scientists found multiple uses for thin film lithium ion conductors - for batteries and for solar cells. | Photo Courtesy of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory
America's Next Top Energy Innovator

"Our goal is simple,” said Secretary Chu, "unleash America’s innovation machine and win the global race for the clean energy jobs of the future."

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.