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May 20, 2014
Charging Up with the Electric Drive Transportation Association

Find out how the Energy Department, in collaboration with industry, is working to lower the cost of plug-in electric vehicles and expand America’s charging infrastructure.

May 20, 2014
SunShot Catalyst: New Prize Challenge Aims to Accelerate Solar Solutions

Energy Department's SunShot Initiative kicks off new prize challenge to find solutions to the solar energy industry’s most pressing problems.

May 16, 2014
Wood waste such as this is frequently used to produce sustainable energy. Spero Energy, started by researchers at Purdue University, has created a cost effective process that converts sustainable wood sources into chemicals that improve the production of biofuels.  | Photo by National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Biofuels and Barbecue Chips: Small Business Develops Process to Create Versatile Chemicals

Spero Energy, started by researchers at Purdue University, has created a cost effective process that converts sustainable wood sources into chemicals that improve the production of biofuels and are used in the flavor and fragrance industry.

May 16, 2014
National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition: Six Regional Winners Advance to Final Round

Learn about the teams of student startups that will go on to compete in the final round of the National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition in Washington, D.C. on June 11 and 12.

May 15, 2014
National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition: REEcycle Wins at Caltech FLoW

University of Houston student wins California Institute of Technology’s First Look West Competition for its technology that reclaims rare earth elements from magnets in electronics, creating a sustainable supply of critical components.

May 15, 2014
Federal Energy Management Program Director Dr. Timothy Unruh (fourth from left) with Air Force Academy staff and students. The Air Force Academy team won a DOE Excellence in Energy Award for their microgrid design that featured two biomass-fired combined heat & power facilities, fuel cells, and a complex load management scheme. |  Photo courtesy of Air Force Academy
Excellence in Energy Awards: Military Academies Leading by Example

Federal Energy Management Program honors military academies with DOE Excellence in Energy Award for innovative capstone engineering design projects.

May 13, 2014
Tasios Melis (center) shows plates with tla3 algae and its parent strain to Katie Randolph (left) and Sunita Satyapal during a site visit to his lab at the University of California, Berkeley.
Research Leads to Improved Fuel Yields from Smaller Antenna Algae

A study funded by the Energy Department could lead to big improvements in alternative fuel production. Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have discovered that if particular genes are missing in certain strains of algae, the algae can produce more hydrogen and other fuel from full sunlight than the ordinary algae.

May 9, 2014
API ships first RIN-qualified cellulosic ethanol from their Alpena Biorefinery. Photo: Alex Wisniewski
Breakthrough in Bioenergy: American Process Sells First RIN-qualified Cellulosic Ethanol Shipment

Imagine powering a plane or car with fuels made from grasses, wood, or other plant residues. This type of fuel, called cellulosic ethanol, has the potential to be a major source of renewable fuel for America’s transportation fleets.

May 8, 2014
Workers install photovoltaic modules on top of a parking structure at National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Golden, Colorado. The Energy Department has several training resources for energy and manufacturing workers. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Educated and Equipped: Energy & Manufacturing Training

A well-trained workforce is essential to moving the nation’s clean energy economy forward. Find out how one program is making a big impact in providing energy and manufacturing workers the skills they need to solve the energy challenges of tomorrow.

May 8, 2014
Pennsylvania State University was crowned the winner of the Energy Department's inaugural Collegiate Wind Competition. The team designed a small-scale wind turbine that can be easily deployed to provide power in emergency and/or remote power situations.
Pennsylvania State University Wins Big In Las Vegas: Energy Department Crowns Collegiate Wind Competition Champion

Announcing the winner of the Energy Department's first ever Collegiate Wind Competition.