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October 8, 2014
Shuji Nakamura, founder of Soraa, was one of three scientists to receive the Nobel Prize in Physics for their invention of the blue light emitting diode, a game-changer in the history of LED lights. | Photo courtesy of Soraa.
Energy-Department Supported Scientist Receives Nobel Prize for Blue Light LED

This week, three scientists—two from Japan and one from the United States—received the Nobel Prize in physics for their work on the LED light. The trifecta, Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura, earned the prestigious award specifically for their invention of the blue light emitting diode, a game-changer in the history of LED lights. The American scientist, Shuji Nakamura, a pioneer in the lighting industry, is the founder of LED company Soraa, which has a history of working with the Department of Energy—both through EERE and our Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E)—on the subject of blue light diodes.

October 3, 2014
SiNode Systems – Advanced silicon graphene batteries. | Photo courtesy of Sinode Systems.
Startup Success: Energy Department Helping Small Businesses Bring Clean Tech to the Market

Startups are a driving force of innovation in the clean energy sector. These companies are developing creative products and services that slash carbon pollution and move the clean energy economy forward. The Energy Department has invested in several initiatives that support clean energy entrepreneurs and small businesses, including the Innovation Ecosystem Initiative and the National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition. These two programs combined have served nearly a thousand ventures that have raised more than $150 million in funding in the last four years. Today we take a look at the recent successes and accomplishments of the start-ups who have gone through these programs.

October 3, 2014
Fonroche site in Bikaner, Rajasthan using First Solar modules. | Photo courtesy of First Solar.
Mapping Opportunities for U.S. Solar Exports to India

President Obama and India’s Prime Minister Modi met this week and agreed to expand the partnership between the two countries in clean energy and climate change. These initiatives build on a strong foundation of existing bilateral cooperation, and reflect both countries’ recognition of the tremendous economic opportunity afforded by supporting clean energy programs that facilitate access to clean energy and expand the market for renewable and energy efficiency technologies in India. India is a nation with an abundance of sunlight and an emerging market for solar energy technology. To facilitate further development of that market, the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and the India’s National Institute of Solar Energy (NISE) have collaborated to enhance the quality and accuracy of India’s solar resource maps.

October 2, 2014
DOE, USDA, and Navy are working with private industry to produce advanced drop-in biofuels that can be used by the Department of Defense and the private transportation sector. | Photo courtesy of U.S. Navy.
Energy Department Joins Agriculture and Navy in the Fight for Clean Energy Transportation

Earlier this month, on September 19, 2014, Energy Department (DOE) Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman joined Secretary Tom Vilsack of the Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Secretary Ray Mabus of the Department of Navy (Navy) to announce three projects that will produce renewable jet and diesel for the military. DOE, USDA, and Navy are working with private industry to produce advanced drop-in biofuels that can be used by the Department of Defense and the private transportation sector.

September 30, 2014
Developed by Sandia National Laboratories and several industry partners, the fuel cell mobile light (H2LT) offers a cleaner, quieter alternative to diesel-powered units. As seen here, the system has been used by airport construction personnel at San Francisco International Airport and in other applications. | Photo by Dino Vournas.
And the Oscar for Sustainable Mobile Lighting Goes to…. Lighting Up Operations with Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technology

An Energy Department-supported project is addressing these problems by designing, building, and testing a mobile lighting tower powered by hydrogen fuel cell technology, which is quiet and emits nothing but water while generating electricity.

September 30, 2014
Cellana, Inc.’s Kona Demonstration Facility is working to increase yields of algal biofuel feedstock.| Photo courtesy of Cellana, Inc.
Five Energy Department Accomplishments in Algal Biofuels

The Energy Department announced this week a funding opportunity of up to $25 million to help improve the economics of making biofuel from algae. These cooperative agreements will support the development of a bioeconomy that can help create green jobs, spur innovation, improve the environment, and achieve national energy security. The funding opportunity builds on recent accomplishments from EERE’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) to overcome the barriers to creating cost-effective algal biofuels. In celebration, we’re highlighting five of our most exciting, recent accomplishments.

September 26, 2014
Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman test drove the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle when the car made an appearance at the Department of Energy headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle visits Department of Energy

From researchers to project managers to technical experts, there are dozens of EERE staff dedicated to supporting the research, development, and deployment of fuel cells. Thus, we were excited to test drive the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell vehicle when the car made an appearance at the Department of Energy headquarters in Washington, D.C.

September 25, 2014
One Sky Homes, San Jose, CA, Custom Builder, Grand Award Winner. | California prides itself on energy efficiency, so achieving the designation of first net zero energy new home builder in the state is an honor indeed.
Housing Innovation Awards Recognize Leadership in Residential Efficiency

Today’s housing market is incredibly competitive. Constructing homes that sell and that continue to delight homeowners for years to come is a challenge.

Motivated, leading-edge builders are using innovative energy-saving solutions and strategies to differentiate themselves and their products by building zero energy-ready homes. These high-performance homes are so efficient they can offset most or all annual energy consumption with a simple renewable energy system, like solar.

September 24, 2014
It's National Preparedness Month: Be Prepared with Alternative Fuels

As September is National Preparedness Month, it’s a great time to prepare for the worst situation, even if you’re hoping for the best. In addition to emergency supplies like food and water, every preparedness plan, whether for a government agency or an individual family, should also consider transportation.

September 22, 2014
SunShot Installs Solar Energy System on Local Habitat for Humanity Home

Working with GRID Alternatives, the nation's largest solar non-profit, DOE's SunShot Initiative team enjoyed a day in the sun on a rooftop in Washington, D.C., where we volunteered to install a solar energy system on a Habitat for Humanity home. GRID installed solar electric systems on 10 affordable homes developed by Habitat for Humanity in the Ivy City neighborhood in Northeast D.C.