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May 24, 2016
Financing for energy efficiency was a major focus area of the 2016 Better Buildings Summit. Here’s a deep dive on one such Summit session: Underwriting Energy: Are Commercial Mortgages Ignoring Energy-Related Risks and Benefits, featuring panelists from Fannie Mae, Citi, and the University of California-Berkeley. Image: NREL.
Energy Efficiency as an Asset in Mortgage Underwriting

Securing funding for energy efficiency projects within the commercial sector is difficult due to the perceived risk by lending institutions. Architects and engineers have advanced energy-efficient technologies considerably over the past several years, which often mitigates any risk associated with these projects.

May 24, 2016
How to Make a Battery in 7 Steps
How to Make a Battery in 7 Steps

We need batteries for phones, cars and renewable energy. See how scientists make them at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

May 24, 2016
The Wave Energy Prize teams got to tour the 12-million gallon Maneuvering and Seakeeping (MASK) Basin at the U.S. Navy's Carderock facility in Maryland, where their devices will be tested this summer.
Wave Energy Prize Teams Make a Splash During Waterpower Week

Teams competing in the Energy Department's Wave Energy Prize recently took a three-day break from developing their innovative technologies to meet with each other and hydropower stakeholders, and also tour the 12-million gallon wave-generating tank at the U.S. Navy's Carderock facility in Maryland, where they will test their devices this summer.

May 23, 2016
Students pose in front of Buckland’s 10.53-kW solar system used to power the village’s new water plant. Photo from Alison Jech, Buckland School.
Buckland Students Explore Ways to Address Rural Alaska Energy Challenges

Last month, with support from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy, I had the privilege of taking my students from the Buckland School to the Alaska Rural Energy Conference in Fairbanks. Students presented to conference attendees and watched presentations from national, regional, state, and local energy experts that tied into the clean energy issues they are studying as part of the Alaska Humanities Forum Sister School Exchange program.

May 23, 2016
A hydrogen fueling station in San Francisco, CA. | Photo courtesy of the California Fuel Cell Partnership
Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles Getting a Boost in San Francisco

Last week, the city of San Francisco was named the first Climate Action Champion to be focused on hydrogen and fuel cells in the United States by the Energy Department’s (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Office.

May 23, 2016
U.S.-Israel Integrated Energy and Desalination Design Challenge Lab Call

Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Policy and Systems Analysis (EPSA) has issued a National Laboratory call for proposals for the U.S.-Israel Integrated Energy and Desalination Design Challenge. U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz and Israel’s Ministry of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources (MIEW) Minister Yuval Steinitz agreed to launch the Challenge last month as part of the effort to expand cooperation on energy-related research and development between the two countries.

May 23, 2016
Architecture firm HOK calculated the payback of energy modeling—cost of modeling divided by modeled energy cost savings—for a number of their projects. The results? Modeling usually pays for itself in a month or two. Credit: HOK.
The Shockingly Short Payback of Energy Modeling

Energy modeling is often used to evaluate ECM payback, calculating the operational energy savings that accrue after an initial capital investment. One ECM with a consistently short payback—on the order of a month or two—is energy modeling itself!

May 20, 2016
From left to right: Moderator Ramola Musante, panelists Ron Voglewede, Bill Varley, Rob Ivester, and S. Raghupathy.
AMO Deputy Director Addresses Water-Energy Nexus at 2016 Energy Efficiency Global Forum

Water is a part of every aspect of our lives. We expect the water we drink to be free from harsh chemicals and particles. We rely on it to clean our dishes, wash clothes and grow our food. We may not think about the role water plays in things like the generation of electricity or manufacturing, but it turns out that role is actually quite significant. Water scarcity and water management are major issues for manufacturers and utilities suppliers around the world.

May 20, 2016
5 Facts About the Collegiate Wind Competition

The U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition helps undergraduates learn the real-world skills they need to grow America's clean energy economy.

May 20, 2016
Members of Mississippi State University, one of of 16 EcoCAR competition teams, work on their redesign of the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro.
Students Debut Redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Camaros at EcoCAR 3 Competition

The third edition of the Energy Department’s EcoCAR competition is underway, as 16 collegiate teams from across North America redesign the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro to reduce its environmental impact while maintaining the performance expected from the iconic American car.