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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.

May 7, 2014
Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz (far right) watches as Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy David Danielson speaks during the EcoCAR 3 competition launch event in Washington, D.C. on April 24. Student teams from throughout the country will put their engineering skills to the test in a four-year competition to make the Chevrolet Camaro more sustainable. | Energy Department photo
EcoCAR 3: Collegiate Teams to Pump up Fuel Efficiency of Iconic American Muscle Car

Four-year collegiate competition focused on making the Chevrolet Camaro more sustainable kicks off.

May 7, 2014
Douglas Hitching (left), CEO of Silicon Solar Solutions and Henry Chung, LG, talk during a one-on-one networking session at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Industry Growth Forum in 2012. The SunShot Initiative and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory are hosting a hackathon at the SunShot Grand Challenge Summit as part of an overall effort to lower "soft costs" of solar energy. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Hacking Away at Soft Costs: 24-Hour Coding Event Focuses on Expanding Solar Market

Find out how to register for the SunShot Hackathon, which is taking place at the SunShot Grand Challenge Summit in Anaheim, California.

May 7, 2014
Advanced Offshore Wind Tech: Accelerating New Opportunities for Clean Energy

The Energy Department today announced the selection of three projects that aim to advance the offshore wind industry and lower the cost of offshore wind technologies. Learn more about these technological innovations.

May 6, 2014
Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Offshore Wind Energy

Learn more about efforts to develop America's vast offshore wind resources.