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May 31, 2016
EERE Success Story—Zero-order Reaction Kinetics (Zero-RK) Coding Is Designing the Next-Generation Engines

A computer code developed by a trio of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) researchers has significantly advanced predictive computer science for designing next-generation car and truck engines.

May 31, 2016
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ENERGISE-ing Solutions to Scale Up Distributed Solar

If a utility pole falls in a forest and no energy company employee is around to hear it, does it make a sound? Currently, the answer is no. The Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative is trying to fix this problem to alleviate issues for both utilities and their customers.

May 27, 2016
Military veterans Daniel Barclay (top left), Keith Striby (bottom left) and Youseff Elkassis (bottom right) are three examples of military participants in the Energy Department’s Industrial Assessment Center program that is helping prepare these soldiers for life outside the military as engineers.
Industrial Assessment Center Program Helps Veterans Learn Valuable Energy Management Skills

U.S. soldiers are participating in an Energy Department supported program that provides hands-on education for #engineering #jobs. The Industrial Assessment Center (IAC) program, is open to all engineering students at participating colleges and universities, but many veterans find that they can use the program to further develop many skills they obtained through their service.

May 27, 2016
Pennsylvania State University Wins the 2016 Collegiate Wind Competition

U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition provides undergraduates real-world skills they need to enter tomorrow’s clean energy workforce.

May 26, 2016
Victor Kane, Director of EERE's Lab Impact Initiative, leads the first-ever Lab Impact Summit on May 4 at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. | Photo courtesy of NREL
Lab Impact Summit: Partnering with Our National Labs for a More Sustainable Future

The first-ever Lab Impact Summit on May 4 at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory convened about 300 clean energy thought leaders from both small and multinational companies, as well as experts from incubators, state utilities, and local and federal government, to celebrate successful partnerships between our national laboratories and industry—and spawn new and innovative collaborations that are driving America’s clean energy economy forward.

May 26, 2016
The team at Brady Hot Springs includes scientists and engineers from: University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Geoscience; Ormat Technologies, Inc.; Silixa Ltd.; University of Nevada-Reno; Temple University; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory; and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. | Photo by Dan Koetke
Nevada Site Home to Geothermal Community Focused on Expediting Research and Development

Over the last six years, Brady Hot Springs in Nevada site has become a hotbed of activity for innovative geothermal research and development. With the nearly constant and frequently overlapping research efforts ongoing at the site, a unique community of scientists, engineers, geothermal operators, and utilities has formed.

May 24, 2016
The Wave Energy Prize teams got to tour the 12-million gallon Maneuvering and Seakeeping (MASK) Basin at the U.S. Navy's Carderock facility in Maryland, where their devices will be tested this summer.
Wave Energy Prize Teams Make a Splash During Waterpower Week

Teams competing in the Energy Department's Wave Energy Prize recently took a three-day break from developing their innovative technologies to meet with each other and hydropower stakeholders, and also tour the 12-million gallon wave-generating tank at the U.S. Navy's Carderock facility in Maryland, where they will test their devices this summer.

May 23, 2016
A hydrogen fueling station in San Francisco, CA. | Photo courtesy of the California Fuel Cell Partnership
Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles Getting a Boost in San Francisco

Last week, the city of San Francisco was named the first Climate Action Champion to be focused on hydrogen and fuel cells in the United States by the Energy Department’s (DOE) Fuel Cell Technologies Office.

May 20, 2016
5 Facts About the Collegiate Wind Competition

The U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition helps undergraduates learn the real-world skills they need to grow America's clean energy economy.

May 20, 2016
Members of Mississippi State University, one of of 16 EcoCAR competition teams, work on their redesign of the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro.
Students Debut Redesigned 2016 Chevrolet Camaros at EcoCAR 3 Competition

The third edition of the Energy Department’s EcoCAR competition is underway, as 16 collegiate teams from across North America redesign the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro to reduce its environmental impact while maintaining the performance expected from the iconic American car.

May 19, 2016
Energy Department Dream Team Opens Students’ Eyes to Limitless STEM Possibilities

Students from two high schools in the nation’s capital got a look at life in the clean energy fast-lane from senior energy leaders and technical experts from the U.S. Department of Energy during the first Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) Interactive Expo this week at agency headquarters in Washington, D.C.

May 19, 2016
Competitors test their turbines in a wind tunnel at the Collegiate Wind Competition 2015, held at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's National Wind Technology Center just south of Boulder, Colorado. (Photo by Dennis Schroeder / NREL)
Counting Down to the Collegiate Wind Competition 2016

The U.S. Department of Energy Collegiate Wind Competition 2016 starts May 24—less than a week away—at the annual American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) WINDPOWER Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans. Whether you’re coming from near or far, it’s time to plan your visit to check out the next generation of wind-industry professionals.

May 18, 2016
Suniva installation at Grand Valley State University. Photo courtesy of Suniva.
The SunShot Story: Challenging the Solar Industry to Say ‘What If’ Since 2011

Since 2011, the SunShot Initiative has bolstered the U.S. solar energy industry by funding innovative, cutting-edge technologies that have an immediate, measurable impact on reducing the cost of solar power in an effort to make solar electricity fully cost-competitive with traditional energy sources, without incentives, by 2020.

May 18, 2016
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Halfway There But Far From Done: SunShot Surges Ahead on Path to Affordable Solar Energy

Halfway through the Energy Department’s decade-long SunShot Initiative, today we released a series of reports showing how the solar industry has progressed in the past five years, while looking forward to the challenges and opportunities it now faces. The On the Path to SunShot study series, developed with our national labs, examines the state of the solar industry, which has grown significantly in the last five years and is 70% of the way toward our goal to make solar fully cost-competitive with traditional forms of energy without incentives.

May 17, 2016
VIDEO: Tackling Soft Costs Through A Well-Trained Solar Workforce

One of the fastest ways to lower solar soft costs is by having a well-trained workforce. That's why the Energy Department's SunShot Initiative is expanding its current support of the solar workforce through its Solar Training and Education for Professionals (STEP) program.

May 12, 2016
Source: Kirby Baier of Continental Resources
EERE Success Story—DOE-Funded Project is First Permanent Facility to Co-produce Electricity from Geothermal Resources at an Oil and Gas Well

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is excited to announce the launch of the nation’s first commercial enterprise to co-produce electricity from geothermal resources at an oil and gas well. With support from DOE’s Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO), researchers at the University of North Dakota (UND) successfully generated geothermal power from hot water that flows naturally from petroleum wells in the Williston Sedimentary Basin in western North Dakota. This technology offsets the need for costly transmission construction and reduces energy costs at remote oil fields.

May 11, 2016
Better Buildings partners have saved more than $1.3 billion on energy costs. Our new infographic explains how Better Buildings works and why it’s important. | Graphic by <a href="/node/1332956">Carly Wilkins</a>, Energy Department
INFOGRAPHIC: Better Buildings Leading to Big Energy Savings

Better Buildings partners have saved more than $1.3 billion on energy costs. Our new infographic explains how Better Buildings works and why it’s important.

May 10, 2016
Ultrasonic Clothes Dryer-No Heat Needed
Good Vibrations: No Heat Needed for Ultrasonic Dryers

With support from the Energy Department’s Building Technologies Office, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and GE Appliances are changing the way Americans do laundry with their ultrasonic drying technology that uses vibrations, not heat, to dry fabric.

May 9, 2016
First Lady Michelle Obama and representatives of the fuel cell company, PDC Machines. The April event announced new private-sector commitments to train or hire 90,000 veterans and military spouses through the Joining Forces Initiative. Two Fuel Cell Technologies Office-supported companies were acknowledged for their commitment to these efforts. | Photo courtesy of the White House
Fuel Cell Companies Commit to Hiring Veterans Through Joining Forces Initiative

In April 2015, the First Lady participated in an event celebrating how far we have come, and announcing new private-sector commitments to train or hire 90,000 veterans and military spouses. At the event, two Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO)-supported companies were acknowledged for their commitment to these efforts.

May 6, 2016
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Top 5 Tips from Clean Energy Moms for Mother’s Day

With Mother's Day approaching, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) polled 20 clean energy moms on their top five tips to help raise the next generation of clean energy advocates.

May 5, 2016
VIDEO: Getting Started on the Road to Clean Energy

A new program called Cyclotron Road connects clean energy entrepreneurs with the unique resources of our National Labs.

May 5, 2016
Amped Up! magazine features the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s growing influence on the efficiency space from appliance standards and federal sustainability goals to smart manufacturing and energy audit webisodes. | Graphic by Sarah Harmon/Energy Department
Product Standards Team Saves American Consumers Energy, Money

The latest issue of EERE's Amped Up! magazine takes a closer look at the standards developed for home and work products – ranging from light bulbs, to kitchen appliances, to laundry equipment, to heating and cooling systems – that are saving Americans more energy and money every year.

May 4, 2016
Credit: Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
EERE Success Story—Energy-Efficient Heat Pump for Colder Regions Keeps Residents Cozy with Lower Utility Bills
National Lab-Industry Partnership Develops New Technology, Surpasses DOE Efficiency and Cost Goals

Home heating is the largest energy expense for most U.S. homeowners and accounts for nearly 30% of energy used in the nation’s residential buildings. Millions of homeowners in colder regions of the country do not have natural gas available, leaving furnaces to be fueled with heating oil, propane, or electricity. This can often result in higher heating bills for homeowners.

May 4, 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-Optimized Fuel-Engine Systems to Transform Our Nation’s Vehicles

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) recent Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines Initiative (Co-Optima) seeks to combine previously independent areas of biofuels and engine-combustion research and development to design new fuels and engines that are co-optimized—designed in tandem to maximize vehicle performance and carbon efficiency.

May 3, 2016
With 1 Million Solar Projects Across America, SunShot Shines On

The solar industry recently passed a major milestone when the 1 millionth solar system was installed at a home or business in the United States. Find out what the SunShot Initiative has in store for the future of solar as it continues to spur job growth, economic activity, tax revenue and clean air to all Americans.