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May 2, 2014
Unified Solar's integrated circuit solution helps reduce energy loss for solar panels. The student team from Massachusetts Institute of Technology won the MIT Clean Energy Prize earlier this week. | Photo courtesy of Unified Solar
National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition: Unified Solar Wins at MIT Clean Energy Prize

Unified Solar, a student team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, won the regional prize of the National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition at the MIT Clean Energy Prize on April 28. The team takes home the top prize of $100,000 and advances to the national competition.

May 1, 2014
Small Business Innovation Research: Bringing Clean Energy Technologies to the Marketplace

Energy Department announces new projects from diverse businesses that solve research and development problems, create jobs, and contribute to the nation’s clean energy goals.

May 1, 2014
<strong>KANSAS STATE UNIVERSITY</strong> From left to right: Aaron Thomsen, Stuart Disberger, Bret Gross, Cody Yost, Joe Kuhn, Lane Yoder, Hussam Alghamdi, Will Duren, Martin Mixon, Ying Huang, Alex Wurtz, Tanzila Ahmed, Armando Marquez. Not pictured: Jordan Robl, Brandon Young, Shae Pelkowski. | Photo courtesy of  Kansas State University
The Collegiate Wind Competition is Next Week: Meet the Teams Part II

Next week, 10 student teams representing colleges and universities across the country will compete in the Energy Department’s first-ever Collegiate Wind Competition, which is designed to prepare talented young people for careers in the wind energy industry and enable academic institutions to showcase the ingenuity of their students. Meet five of these talented, creative teams.

April 30, 2014
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The Energy Department has selected seven projects that will accelerate the commercialization of innovative offshore wind technologies in the United States. Each project will receive up to $4 million from the Energy Department to complete the engineering, site evaluation, and planning phase of their project. Upon completion of this phase, the Energy Department will select the up to three of these projects to advance the follow-on design, fabrication, and deployment phases to achieve commercial operation by 2017. Each of the these projects will be eligible for up to $47 million in additional funding over four years, subject to Congressional appropriations.  

This map also includes 42 grants the Energy Department made to offshore wind-related projects in 2011. Those shown in yellow are focused on advancing offshore wind technologies, such as modeling and design of offshore wind plants. Those shown in red focus on removing market barriers through analysis, assessment and strategic recommendations that will help the United States and offshore wind industry plan for greater deployment.

The red areas of the map show the annual average wind speed above that part of the ocean. Areas with speeds above 7 meters/second are considered suitable for offshore wind power projects, though many other factors are considered when selecting a site.</div></div></div>
Ready, Set, Go: New Tool and Report Help Offshore Wind Industry Take Off

The nation’s coastlines possess the strongest, most abundant, and steadiest winds in the United States, representing vast potential for clean energy production. Our Wind Program works to accelerate the American offshore wind market through a portfolio of high-impact research, development, and demonstration projects. View an interactive map of these projects and learn about a new tool that will help America get offshore wind farms up and running.

April 30, 2014
Join the Energy Department's SunShot Initiative for a discussion on all things solar. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Join the Energy Department for a #SolarChat on May 7

You're invited to discuss all things solar during a live #SolarChat on Wednesday, May 7, at 2 p.m.

April 30, 2014
A fuel cell vehicle is refueled with hydrogen at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s National Wind Technology Center. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Leveraging National Laboratories to Support H2USA

Automakers have announced that new hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles will be available in the next several months so it’s critical that hydrogen infrastructure is in place, allowing drivers to quickly and easily refuel. To help solve this challenge, the Energy Department announced H2FIRST, a project being led by National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories.

April 29, 2014
Inspiring and Building the Next Generation of Residential Energy Professionals

Energy Department's Challenge Home Student Design Competition aims to inspire the next generation of architects, engineers, construction managers, and entrepreneurs to design homes that meet requirements for zero energy ready performance that are affordable and market-ready.

April 29, 2014
A new assessment conducted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory has identified more than 65 gigawatts of untapped hydropower potential in U.S. rivers and streams.
Huge Potential for Hydropower: Assessment Highlights New Possible Clean Energy Sources

The Energy Department’s New Stream-reach Development Assessment, conducted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory, has identified more than 65 gigawatts of untapped sustainable hydropower potential in U.S. rivers and streams.

April 25, 2014
Superior Ecotech's  technology uses algae to convert carbon dioxide resulting from brewing beer into omega-3 oils, which lowers carbon emissions for craft breweries. The team’s long-term goal is to use its algae oils to produce clean, cost-effective, and renewable biofuels. | Photo courtesy of Superior Ecotech
Superior Ecotech Wins University of Colorado Cleantech New Venture Challenge

Competing on its home turf, Superior Ecotech won the University of Colorado at Boulder’s Cleantech New Venture Challenge—one of six regional contests that make up the Energy Department's National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition.

April 25, 2014
<strong>UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS LOWELL</strong> Back row: Isaac Grulon, Dean Kennedy, Erika Sjoberg, Albert Andino, Robert Leboeuf, Gregory Lennartz, Michael Dube. Middle row: David Phung, Jigar Patel, Alexandre Sampaio, Patrick Logan, Jeffrey Chung, Peter Jones. Front row: Parth Patel, Donna DiBattista, Meaghan Riley, Michael Schaefer. Not pictured: Christopher Daly, Erik Anderson. Credit: David Willis
The Collegiate Wind Competition Is Approaching Fast: Meet the Teams

In just two weeks, student teams representing colleges and universities across the country will compete in the Energy Department’s first ever Collegiate Wind Competition. Meet five of the 10 teams and learn about their innovative designs and ideas for advancing wind energy technologies.