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February 11, 2016
Electricity usage monitors make it easy to measure the electricity consumed by any device that runs on 120 volts. Photo by Alexis Powers
Science Fair Project Ideas for Energy Savers

See how one energy saving tool can inspire endless science fair project ideas.

February 10, 2016
DOE Joins Pakistan’s Energy Ministries to Launch $3 Million Program to support Pakistan’s Energy Development

Department of Energy Assistant Secretary for International Affairs Jonathan Elkind joined Pakistan’s Ministry of Planning, Development, and Reform, the Ministry Water and Power, and the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Resources to announce the launch of a $3 million multi-agency technical assistance program designed to support Pakistan’s energy development efforts. The three-year Program, conducted in partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development, will bring experts from the Department of Energy national laboratories together with Pakistani experts to develop strategies and resources for integrated energy planning, energy efficiency, and promoting private investment in renewable energy and integration.

February 10, 2016
New Request for Information to Inform Department of Energy Critical Materials Strategy

The Department of Energy's Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis has just released a Request for Information (RFI) on critical materials in the energy sector. For DOE, critical materials are materials that are both important to energy technologies and at risk of supply disruption. The information received from the RFI will be used to update the analyses in DOE’s Critical Material Strategy Reports that were released in 2010 and 2011.

February 10, 2016
Tori Hawn, communications manager for the Colorado State University team, is showing two of the middle schoolers at Education Day how to put together a regenerative braking kit. Regenerative braking is used in hybrid electric vehicles to capture and reuse energy from the brakes that would be otherwise lost.
EcoCAR 3 Students Learn and Teach at Winter Workshop

Last week, EcoCAR 3 students attended the Year Two Winter Workshop held at EcoCAR sponsor NXP’s headquarters in Austin, Texas. As the most recent Energy Department Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition series, EcoCAR 3 is challenging 16 North American university teams to redesign a Chevrolet Camaro to reduce its environmental impact, while maintaining its performance.

February 10, 2016
To explore the nucleus inside an atom, scientists use giant particle accelerators that act like microscopes. Detectors like this one collect the information for scientists to analyze. | Photo courtesy of Jefferson Lab.
Exploring the Heart of Matter

A nucleus is 10,000 times smaller than an atom. Check out the huge accelerators scientists use to peer inside these tiny particles.

February 9, 2016
EM Rolls Out Fiscal Year 2017 Budget Request

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, EM rolled out a $6.1 billion budget request for fiscal year 2017. The request will provide the resources to maintain a safe and secure posture in the EM complex, and to continue moving forward with the country’s largest nuclear cleanup.

February 9, 2016
The Office of Nuclear Energy's FY17 Budget Request

To hasten the development of innovative technologies, the Office of Nuclear Energy’s (NE) FY17 budget request, announced today, focuses on further improving our infrastructure capabilities so that we can be more responsive to innovators who want us to establish a broader set of research, development and demonstration capabilities and to make those capabilities easier to access.

February 8, 2016
<div class="field field-name-field-map-byline field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div  class="field-item odd">Sandia’s design for giant wind turbine blades that are stowed at dangerous wind speeds to reduce the risk of damage. | Courtesy of TrevorJohnston.com/Popular Science</div></div></div>
Enormous Blades for Offshore Energy

How researchers at the National Labs are designing wind turbine blades 2.5x longer than any that exist today.

February 8, 2016
NREL researchers are completing testing of a next-generation drivetrain, shown here undergoing rigorous tests at the NWTC 2.5-megawatt dynamometer. NREL’s testing validates the technology prior to commercialization. Shown here are NREL senior engineer and project lead Jonathan Keller (left) and DOE technology manager Nick Johnson. <em>Photo by Malone Media.</em>
Innovative Drivetrain Testing Nears Completion

National laboratory researchers have entered the final phase of testing a next-generation drivetrain that will be less expensive, more reliable, and more efficient. This project, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), combines innovations across the entire drivetrain system: gearbox, generator, and power converter.

According to project lead Jonathan Keller, senior engineer at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), the test results look good. The technology is meeting design projections and working as researchers thought it would.

February 4, 2016
Accelerator on a Chip

Scientists at the National Labs are attempting to build the world’s smallest particle accelerator.