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April 3, 2013
Dr. Karl Gschneidner is holding a neodymium-iron-boron magnet produced using a new, greener process. The process that Dr. Gschneidner helped develop doesn’t produce the environmentally unfriendly byproducts that result from traditional manufacturing methods. | Photo courtesy of Ames Laboratory.
10 Questions for a Materials Scientist: Mr. Rare Earth -- Dr. Karl A. Gschneidner, Jr.

A jack-of-all-trades, Dr. Gschneidner’s research spans the fields of physical chemistry, materials science, engineering and physics. In this edition of 10 Questions, Dr. Gschneidner shares insights into his research of rare earth materials.

March 29, 2013
The Energy Department’s Carbon Fiber Technology Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory provides clean energy companies and researchers with the opportunity to develop less expensive, better-performing carbon fiber materials and manufacturing processes. Pictured here is the carbon fiber conversion line with the in-line melt spinner. The melt-spinner will be used to produce new precursor fibers that will then be converted to carbon fiber. In collaboration with industrial partners, these fibers will be used to produce prototype composite parts for applications, such as automotive parts, wind turbine blades and thermal insulation. | Photo courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Top 9 Things You Didn’t Know about Carbon Fiber

Think you know about carbon fiber? Test your knowledge with our top 9 carbon fiber facts.

March 26, 2013
As part of the Energy Department's launch of the Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative, Assistant Secretary David Danielson toured the new Carbon Fiber Facility at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Carbon fiber has the potential to improve the fuel efficiency of vehicles. | Photo courtesy of Jason Richards, Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Energy Department Launches Bold New Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative

To ensure American leadership in clean energy manufacturing, a new initiative aims to strengthen manufacturing capabilities while improving energy efficiency of operations.

February 21, 2013
PNNL's Olympus supercomputer is one of the computational resources that will be used by members of the Northwest Institute for Advanced Computing. Other resources include the University of Washington's Hyak supercomputer and cloud computing.
Tackling Big Data Together

The newly stood up Northwest Institute for Advanced Computing will be tackling big challenges facing science and society, like climate change and energy management.

February 15, 2013
A Ceres researcher evaluates the performance of biofuel crops. | Photo courtesy of Ceres, Inc.
Ceres: Making Biofuels Bigger and Better

Research into energy crops and advanced biofuels, like one particular project funded by ARPA-E, contributes to U.S. energy independence, creates jobs, and directly applies to increasing food crops production.

February 13, 2013
President Obama Talks Energy at the State of the Union 2013

Watch President Obama speak about energy and the environment in last night's State of the Union.

February 12, 2013
President Obama will deliver the State of the Union to Congress & to the American people tonight at 9pm ET. | Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy.
Innovation and Energy at the State Of The Union

A few of the First Lady's guests at the 2013 State of the Union hail from the fields of science, energy and innovation. Read more about these individuals and their remarkable accomplishments.

January 31, 2013
As part of the EV Everywhere Grand Challenge, the new Workplace Charging Challenge aims to expand access to charging stations in cities across the U.S. | Infographic by Sarah Gerrity, Energy Department.
EV Everywhere Charges Up the Workplace

As part of the EV Everywhere Grand Challenge, the new Workplace Charging Challenge aims to expand access to charging stations in cities across the U.S.

January 29, 2013
What Does the Energy Economy Look Like in Your State?

The Energy Information Administration has launched a new state data portal that can help you answer this question, compare energy usage and production across states, and map America's energy infrastructure.

January 18, 2013
Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Critical Materials

What are critical materials? We are breaking them down with these top 10 facts.