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January 10, 2014
Making Algal Biofuel Production More Efficient, Less Expensive

Tiny algae can play a big role in tackling America's energy challenges. Recent scientific breakthroughs and projects, funded by the Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office, have resulted in a number of advancements that are helping make algal biofuel more cost competitive and widely available.

January 6, 2014
Manufacturing Spotlight: Boosting American Competitiveness

Find out how the Energy Department is helping bring new clean energy technologies to the marketplace and make manufacturing processes more energy efficient.

January 3, 2014
Fuel cells, which work like batteries but don’t run down or need recharging, are ideal for powering material handling equipment, like forklifts and airport baggage carts, because they reduce recharging time and cut carbon pollution. Recent Energy Department reports indicate the fuel cell and hydrogen industry is continuing to grow.  | Photo courtesy of Plug Power, Inc.
Fun Fact Friday: Fueling Growth

Last month, the Energy Department released three new reports that signal incredible growth in America’s fuel cell and hydrogen industry.

January 2, 2014
Trainees practice techniques on miniature model homes at the New River Center for Energy Research & Training in  Christiansburg, Virginia. The Energy Department has developed a new certification program for quality control inspectors, energy auditors, crew leaders, and retrofit installer technicians, as part of the Weatherization Assistance Program's Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals project.  | Photo courtesy of Weatherization Assistance Program Technical Assistance Center
New Year, New Certification Opportunities for Home Energy Workers

The Energy Department has developed a new certification program for quality control inspectors, energy auditors, crew leaders, and retrofit installer technicians, as part of the Weatherization Assistance Program's Guidelines for Home Energy Professionals project.

December 31, 2013
<strong>April 2013:</strong>  The Energy Department recognizes the nation’s first commercial enhanced geothermal system (EGS) project to supply electricity to the grid. Based in Churchill County, Nevada, Ormat Technologies’ Desert Peak 2 EGS project has increased power output of its nearby operating geothermal field by nearly 38% – providing an additional 1.7 megawatts of power to the grid and validating this emerging clean energy technology. <a href="http://www.energy.gov/articles/nevada-deploys-first-us-commercial-grid-connected-enhanced-geothermal-system?__utma=1.822254579.1380221839.1387901378.1388417149.85&__utmb=1.3.10.1388417149&__utmc=1&__utmx=-&__utmz=1.1388417149.85.58.utmcsr=google|utmccn=(organic)|utmcmd=organic|utmctr=(not%20provided)&__utmv=-&__utmk=123660043">Learn more.</a>  | <em> 
Photo of Desert Peak geothermal field courtesy of Ormat Technologies </em>
Photo Gallery: Renewable Energy in 2013

2013 capped off another successful year for the Energy Department's Office of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency as it continues its work in advancing America's clean energy economy and creating a more sustainable planet for future generations. View this photo gallery for a recap of some of our top news announcements related to renewable energy in 2013.

December 24, 2013
Sixth graders compare emissions from a candle—invisible until they hold a mirror close to the flame and watch carbon blacken its surface. The same mirror grows steamy but clear when held up to the water vapor piping out of the tea kettle. Sharon Cosgrove, of the Energy Department’s Geothermal Technologies Office, talks with the students about energy options: burning hydrocarbons to boil water and generate steam or letting the Earth heat water naturally with geothermal energy.  | Photo courtesy of Old Mill Middle School North
Hands-On Lessons in Clean Energy

Members of the Energy Department’s Education & Workforce Development team recently visited a middle school in Maryland to teach students about renewable energy and sustainability.

December 18, 2013
In celebration of Earth Day in April, elementary school students at Churchill Road Elementary School in McLean, Virginia, learned about energy literacy by riding the Energy Department’s energy bike. The bike enabled students to pedal for power and experience the difference in physical effort necessary to power incandescent, compact fluorescent, and LED lighting.  This lesson highlighted  Energy Principle 4, which states that various sources of energy can be used to power human activities, and often this energy must be transferred from source to destination. <a href="http://www.energyliteracyprinciples.org/">Check out energyliteracyprinciples.org</a> for more Energy Literacy lessons and activities.  | <em>Photo courtesy of Churchill Road Elementary School </em>
Photo Gallery: Energy Literacy in 2013

In 2013, the Energy Education & Workforce Development team worked with schools, non-profits, and non-governmental organizations to inspire students to understand energy's role in their lives and the world. View a photo gallery of some of the highlights from the past year and read about what's ahead in 2014.

December 16, 2013
The Integrated Biorefinery Research Facility at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado enables partners to test conversion technologies on up to one ton of biomass material a day.  | Photo by Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
From the Lab to Your Gas Tank: 4 Bioenergy Testing Facilities That Are Making a Difference

The Energy Department is working to cut the cost of biofuel production by supporting advanced development and demonstration facilities throughout the country that enable researchers to fully examine their efforts on a large scale without having to maintain an expensive pilot plant.

December 13, 2013
A photovoltaic system at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's National Wind Technology Center near Boulder, Colorado.  In 2012, cumulative installed solar photovoltaic capacity in the United States grew more than 83% compared to the previous year. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Fun Fact Friday: Geeking Out on Energy Data

Renewables such as solar and wind are the fastest growing energy generation technologies in America. In 2012, cumulative installed solar photovoltaic capacity grew more than 83% compared to the previous year and cumulative installed wind energy capacity rose nearly 28%. The impressive figures are just a few interesting nuggets from the Energy Department’s most recent Renewable Energy Data Book.

December 12, 2013
A worker caulks the exterior of a home window. Advanced window framing techniques can help homeowners save energy and money. | Photo courtesy of Weatherization Assistance Program Technical Center
3 Innovations That Are Transforming America’s Home Building Industry

The Energy Department’s Building America program provides practical guidance and research to assist housing professionals transform our nation’s housing stock into energy-efficient, state-of-the-art models for businesses and homeowners. Applying building-science solutions will improve energy performance and quality of new and existing homes.