States across the country celebrated National Weatherization Day October 30 with formal proclamations from governors and special events to recognize the importance of weatherization and the dedication of local weatherization service providers, state and local agencies, and researchers dedicated to improving the energy efficiency of American homes.
Through the DOE's SunShot Catalyst Prize program, solar innovators formed teams to develop creative business plans with the goal of solving more than 100 issues in the solar sector as identified by the American public. The second round of the competition calls for business innovation pitches, and is open to the public through November 7 at catalyst.energy.gov. Have a great idea for solar innovation? Apply with your video pitch online!
In an effort to support the wind industry’s recruitment of skilled workers, the Energy Department has developed a - “Wind Career Map,” a web-based tool that highlights the broad range of careers and required skill sets across the wind power industry. The occupations featured in the Wind Career Map range from technicians who install and maintain wind turbines to educators who will train the next generation of wind engineers and business leaders.
The new Energy Systems Integration Facility (ESIF) at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) received a nomination as one of three international finalists for the Project Management Institute (PMI) Project of the Year Award. Although the ESIF project team didn’t take home the top honor this year, we are proud of the accomplishments they made in bringing one of the most innovative new laboratories in the country from the drawing board to fruition.
For years, farmers have been using cornstalks to make scarecrows, preventing crows and other predators from destroying their crops. This fall, the Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office is using cornstalks for a different purpose—bioenergy production.
While crashing a car isn't usually considered a good thing, running through a crash test was a major milestone for Ford and Magna's Multimaterial Lightweight Vehicle. This unique concept car, supported by a project funded by the Energy Department's Vehicle Technologies Office, is 25 percent lighter than the 2013 Ford Fusion, a similar midsized sedan. As reducing a vehicle's weight by 10 percent can increase its fuel economy by 6 to 8 percent, the lightweight materials in this vehicle have the potential to save consumers fuel and money in the future.
Dr. David Danielson, our Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, recently sat down with a panel of clean energy experts for an extended interview on WTTW Channel 11 in Chicago to discuss clean energy and innovation in the Midwest.