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August 16, 2010
An array of solar collectors | Photo courtesy of Trane
Knox County Detention Facility Goes Solar for Heating Water

Hot water demand soars at the six-building Knox County Detention Facility in Tennessee. It's open 24/7 with 1,036 inmate beds and 4,500 meals served daily—and don't forget the laundry.

August 11, 2010
Electric vehicles are powered by electricity that comes in the form of electrically charged molecules known as ions. Those ions need a substance to transport them throughout the system as they travel from the anode to the cathode and back again. That substance is an electrolyte. | Staff Photo Illustration
Novolyte Charging Up Electric Vehicle Sector

Just outside Baton Rouge in Zachary, Louisiana, sits Novolyte Technologies, a battery component manufacturer in business since the early 1970s, making components for batteries used in everything from calculators to hearing aids.

August 9, 2010
AcuTemp received a $900,000 48C manufacturing tax credit under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to increase production of the company's ThermoCor vacuum insulation panels for more efficient ENERGY STAR appliances. | Photo courtesy of AcuTemp |
AcuTemp Expands as Appliances Become More Energy Efficient

AcuTemp, a small U.S. company that manufactures vacuum insulation panels that are needed to maintain precise temperatures for cold-storage products, is expanding and creating jobs in Dayton, OH thanks in part to the Recovery Act.

August 6, 2010
With sintered rare earth magnets a $4 billion worldwide market, the U.S. could be a bigger producer of these magnets - which are not actually rare - and are used in hybrid vehicle motors and wind turbine generators.  | Illustration Courtesy of of Electron Energy Corporation |
Grant Helps Make U.S. Rare Earth Magnets More Common

Sintered rare earth magnets - which are vital components in hybrid vehicle motors and wind turbine generators - are a $4 billion worldwide industry. Landisville, Pa.-based Electron Energy Corporation is hoping to bring a share of that market (and jobs) to the U.S. with their sintered rare earth magnet innovation.

August 2, 2010
How the Recovery Act is Affecting Small Business Innovation

Small businesses create nearly two of every three jobs, so supporting them is important for the economy. Over 200 small businesses in 34 states received a combined $188 million to develop clean energy technologies.

July 29, 2010
CEM: You Asked, We Answered

Last week, we invited you to submit your questions on the Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM) via E-mail, Facebook and Twitter. We received a diverse set of questions, which we presented to two of the key decision makers here at the Department of Energy.

July 22, 2010
Byron Washom, Director of Strategic Energy Initiatives at the University of California at San Diego, poses with an electric vehicle and some of the solar panels that cover UCSD's campus.| Photo courtesy of UCSD
Q&A With Byron Washom of the University of California at San Diego

Bryan Washom was setting world records for efficiency in solar power long before it was cool. And now, as the Director of Strategic Initiatives at the University of California at San Diego, he's using that drive to bring clean energy technology to the marketplace.

July 21, 2010
Launching a Global Energy Efficiency Challenge

The Global Energy Efficiency Challenge, outlined by Secretary Chu at the Clean Energy Ministerial, includes four wide-ranging initiatives to cut energy wast across the globe.

July 21, 2010
This part from the inside of a wind turbine might someday generate clean, renewable energy. | Photo courtesy Merrill Technologies Group
Retooling Michigan: 'Wheels' to Wind

Merrill is using $3 million awarded through the U.S. Department of Energy’s State Energy Program and the Recovery Act to purchase equipment for manufacturing commercial-sized wind turbine systems for a strategic partner who owns the intellectual property. The result — Merrill joins other manufacturers in Michigan’s growing clean energy economy industry and creates green jobs.

July 20, 2010
Clean Energy Ministerial: Join the Discussion

Today marks the second and final day of the world’s first Clean Energy Ministerial, which brings together ministers from 23 countries who represent more than 80 percent of the world's energy use and clean energy technologies market.