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August 10, 2016
These infographics, created by teams of high school and university students from across the country for the Geothermal Design Challenge, highlight the importance of geothermal energy for achieving a cleaner, greener energy future.
Winning Infographics Depict Future of Geothermal Energy

This year's Geothermal Design Challenge tasked teams of high school and university students to research, design, and promote their infographics that answer the questions: What is the future of geothermal and how will it impact you?

August 5, 2016
2016 BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge Winning Team: (From left to right) Maria Zeitlin (advisor), Lexington Zografakis, Sydney Bracht, and Sidney Davis were recognized by Jonathan Male, Director of the Bioenergy Technologies Office. The team and their advisor from Smithtown High School East in St. James, New York, were recognized at the Bioenergy 2016 conference for their winning infographic “Cellulosic Ethanol: Fuel of the Future.”
Winning BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge Students Recognized in Washington, D.C.

A team of students from New York were recognized in Washington, D.C., as the winners of the first national run of the BioenergizeME Infographic Challenge, which provides high school students an opportunity to combine research, graphic design, and social media to learn about bioenergy and share their knowledge.

August 4, 2016
Giant Leap Technologies uses microfluidics to bend light toward a solar at the top of the plant. Each solar thermal power plant shown is a football field in size.  |  <em>Photo courtesy of Giant Leap Technologies</em>
Cutting-Edge Science Drives SunShot Projects

The Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative funds cutting-edge science that helps dramatically reduce the cost of solar energy. Drawn from diverse inspiration in the optical and medical fields, and featuring one with new uses for sound waves, these newly announced SunShot research and development projects may hold the key to low-cost solar energy.

August 3, 2016
Video: Appliance Standards Testing Ensures Level Playing Field

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency Kathleen Hogan recently toured the Intertek testing laboratory in Cortland, NY – one of the sites where the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) tests products to ensure that consumers are getting the savings promised by its federal Appliance and Equipment Standards Program. Total savings for Americans are currently estimated at more than $65 billion annually.

August 2, 2016
This solar energy system was installed at Hunt Electric, the first company in Utah to take advantage of C-PACE financing.
Utah Property Owners Benefit with PACE

An Energy Department supported financing mechanism for energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements on private property is enabling state and local governments to fund the upfront cost of energy improvements, with those costs being paid back over a fixed period such as 20 years while energy expenses are reduced immediately.

August 2, 2016
As part of the Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines initiative, researchers are exploring synergies among new bio-based fuels, engines, powertrains, and fueling infrastructure. | Image by Loren Stacks, Sandia National Laboratories.
Co-Optima Initiative Fuels Combustion Engine Efficiency

The Co-Optimization of Fuels & Engines (Co-Optima) initiative aims to simultaneously transform both transportation fuels and vehicles in order to maximize performance and energy efficiency, minimize environmental impact, and accelerate widespread adoption of innovative combustion strategies.

July 29, 2016
Sistine Solar’s completed SolarSkin installation on a Katahdin log cabin. The company’s SolarSkin panels seamlessly blend in with the cabin’s green roof. | Photo Courtesy of Sistine Solar
Visualizing Value: Game-Changing Solar Technologies for Homeowners

The SunShot Initiative fosters innovation, challenging the recipients of our funding to bring next-generation technologies to the market in just a few years. These new technologies can give homeowners more choices for how they want to go solar while also having a major impact on cost and ease of installation.

July 28, 2016
Paying For Solar – Tips For Financing a Residential System

After you’ve made the decision to go solar, the next step is figuring out how to pay for it. Assuming you don’t have the cash to buy your solar energy system upfront, like the vast majority of Americans, there are a variety of financing options to help you hitch onto the solar bandwagon and start increasing the value of your home.

July 27, 2016
Solar homes are being sold across the country, but they can be hard to find and compare. Teams from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Elevate Energy are working to ensure that solar is properly represented in multiple listing services. | Photos courtesy of Solar Design Associates, Namaste Solar Electric, and Decker Homes
Shopping for a Solar Home Made Easy — SunShot and the Future of Solar Home-Buying

Solar homes are being sold across the country, but they can be hard to find and compare. Teams from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Elevate Energy are working to ensure that solar is properly represented in multiple listing services, the searchable databases used by real estate professionals and house hunters.

July 26, 2016
Hydropower Vision: New Report Highlights Future Pathways for U.S. Hydropower

Hydropower has been around for more than a century and is currently the nation's largest source of clean, domestic renewable electricity. Our new Hydropower Vision report explores how it could grow by 2050.

July 26, 2016
There are a lot of misconceptions about residential solar. | Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
5 Common Myths About Residential Solar

The amount of solar connected to the grid has grown exponentially in the past several years, and with all of this interest and so much information available, let’s take a moment to separate fact from fiction. The SunShot Initiative has debunked the top 5 myths about residential solar.

July 25, 2016
SunShot Programs Bring Solar Energy Basics to Real Estate Pros

Recent research shows that adding solar to your home — much like renovating the kitchen or finishing the basement — can boost your home's value and resulting home sale price.

July 22, 2016
The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has a new acting assistant secretary in David Friedman who plans to continue to support EERE’s clean energy revolution and help strengthen its innovation ecosystem.
Friedman Sets Sights on Accelerating America's Transition to a Clean Energy Economy

The latest issue of Amped Up! Magazine introduces the EERE's new Acting Assistant Secretary David Friedman, who plans to continue to support EERE’s clean energy revolution and help strengthen its innovation ecosystem.

July 21, 2016
This solar system, installed at a home in Santa Fe, benefitted from the New Mexico Solar Market Development Tax Credit.
Energy Department Catalyzes New Mexico Solar Boom

The Energy Department’s State Energy Program (SEP) has been critical to the expansion of solar energy in New Mexico by investing more than $2 million in in New Mexico’s State Energy Office – the Energy Conservation and Management Division. As a result, the state now ranks 13th nationally in installed solar capacity with about 2,000 residents are employed in solar as of Nov. 2015.

July 19, 2016
PACE Adds Market Value for Home Energy Upgrades

New partnerships and resources announced by the Energy Department will bring the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy to more communities with more people able to affordably make clean energy investments due a special financing program.

July 19, 2016
5 Things to Know When Filling Up Your Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle

Filling up your fuel cell electric vehicle is just as easy as filling up a gasoline powered car. The Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) offers five tips to follow when filling up at a hydrogen fuel station for the first time.

July 18, 2016
An Energy Department buoy that recently ended a 19-month deployment off Virginia Beach, Virginia, collected a wealth of data that is now available to help offshore wind industry partners optimize offshore wind farm development and design. Photo courtesy of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
EERE Success Story—Remote Data Collected by High-Tech Research Buoy Now Available to Offshore Wind Industry

Energy Department Buoy Holds Record for Longest Single Deployment After Collecting 19 Months of Data Off Virginia Coast

One of two research buoys commissioned by the Energy Department's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has ended a 19-month deployment off Virginia Beach, Virginia. During this time, the heavily instrumented buoy collected a wealth of information, which forms the first publicly accessible database to help improve offshore turbine development and reduce barriers to private investment in the offshore wind industry.

July 15, 2016
Penn State University Puts Collegiate Wind Competition-Winning Turbine on Display

The Pennsylvania State University took top honors at the Collegiate Wind Competition back in May, and this past week the winning team came to Washington, D.C., to display its prize-winning wind turbine at the Energy Department's headquarters.

July 12, 2016
Progress on President Obama’s “Lab to Market” Initiative

Lab-Corps, an entrepreneurial boot-camp, helps scientists transition their research to the market.

July 11, 2016
D.C. Showcases Cutting-Edge Hydrogen Fueling Station Demo

The Department of Energy and the Department of Interior’s National Park Service have officially opened a new technology demonstration hydrogen refueling station in Washington, D.C. This hydrogen station should help grow and advance the benefits of hydrogen power as a fuel, and highlight the benefits of fuel cell electric vehicles firsthand throughout the region.

July 7, 2016
A pilot-scale polymerization reactor sits in the middle, with the ACOMP system on the left side and the control interface on the right side.
EERE Success Story—AMO Sponsored Research Continues to Advance Polymer Manufacturing Methods

Polymers play a critical role in the things we touch and use every day. They are used to make things like plastics bags and bottles, materials for clothes, medical devices such as syringes, components for phones and computers, and light-weight composites for planes, cars, and buildings. Polymers also have applications in batteries for large scale energy storage from renewable energy sources like wind and solar power.

July 6, 2016
Come to Bioenergy 2016 to Support Mobilizing the Bioeconomy through Innovation

This summer, we’ll be gathering for our conference, Bioenergy 2016: Mobilizing the Bioeconomy through Innovation, on July 12–14, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., in partnership with the Clean Energy Research & Education Foundation.

July 5, 2016
EERE Success Story—Instrumentation Database Provides a Shared Forum to Increase Project Success

Instrumentation is the Achilles’ heel of testing. Due to the impact that the conditions found in marine environments place on a device’s ability to function in the water, the need to have the most ideal and high-quality measurements is critical to the success of any test being planned. The salty and turbulent nature of the ocean creates a harsh environment that challenges even the best designed instrument. With a vast range of instruments and performance metrics that can cost tens of thousands of dollars, how does one select the best technology to put in the water?

July 5, 2016
Led by the Departments of Commerce and Energy, U.S. government agencies are helping American clean energy companies export their renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies to foreign markets.
U.S. Government Agencies Enhancing Their Services for Clean Energy Exporters

Now that the Paris Agreement has catalyzed new urgency to address climate change, the world’s demand for renewable energy and energy efficiency solutions is expected to increase exponentially. Manufacturers and service providers in the United States, which are well respected globally for innovative and reliable technologies, are gearing up for clean energy export opportunities.

July 5, 2016 Mini-Doc: Behind the Scenes at the Collegiate Wind Competition

Go behind the scenes at the U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition as we follow students who will make a big difference in America's clean energy future.