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November 28, 2011
Nuclear Systems Powering a Mission to Mars

This past weekend, the Mars Science Laboratory rover Curiosity launched from Cape Canaveral with the most advanced payload of scientific gear ever used on the red planet -- made possible by nuclear space power systems developed by the Energy Department.

November 22, 2011
Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s main entrance is marked by a limestone sign. Several new buildings visible in the background house more than 1,000 of the lab’s 4,300 employees. | Photo courtesy of Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Wising Up Uncle Sam to Cybertricks

Under Secretary for Energy Daniel Poneman discusses information technology upgrades necessary to protect nation’s vital infrastructure.

November 22, 2011
Secretary Steven Chu visited Kapolei, Hawaii, to check on the process of an integrated biorefinery project awarded $25 million through the Recovery Act to construct the facility. | Image courtesy of the Energy Department.
Secretary Chu Checks In on Biomass Pilot-Scale Facility

Secretary Steven Chu visits Kapolei, Hawaii, to check in on the progress of an integrated biorefinery project that promises to help increase the domestic production of advanced biofuels.

November 21, 2011
An aerial view of the 32-megawatt photovoltaic array of the Long Island Solar Farm, which will produce enough energy to power up to 4,500 local homes. The central Brookhaven National Laboratory campus is seen at left.
National Lab 'Flips Switch' on East Coast's Largest Solar Array

The 32-megawatt Long Island Solar Farm Project will produce enough energy to power up to 4,500 homes. The 164,312 solar panels hosted at the Lab in New York State constitute one of the largest solar farms built on federal property in the nation.

November 18, 2011
As much as half of the price of solar energy, represented in red above graph, is made up of non-hardware costs. | Data source: Goodrich et al 2011. | Image courtesy of the Energy Department's SunShot Initiative.
SunShot Incubator Spurs Solar Industry Innovation

Did you know that as much as half of the price of solar energy is made up of non-hardware costs – or “soft costs”? To jump start a decline in these non-hardware costs, the Energy Department's SunShot Initiative is investing approximately $7 million over 18 months in a new SunShot Incubator Program for Soft Cost Reduction.

November 15, 2011
An electrician foreman for the Western Area Power Administration checks a circuit breaker at the Ault Substation in eastern Colorado.  The circuit breaker, containing 85 lbs of SF6, protects equipment in the substation against damage from excessive electrical currents | Courtesy of Western Area Power Administration.
Capturing Fugitives to Reduce DOE’s GHG Emissions

Experts are hunting down fugitive carbon emissions from across 20 Energy Department laboratories, sites and program offices — and they’ve already prevented the release of more than 600,000 metric tons of CO2 equivalent since 2009 -- equal to taking 140,000 cars off the road for a year.

November 14, 2011
Ultra Energy Efficient Data Center Saves NREL $200,000

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) Data Center marks a significant accomplishment in its ultra-efficiency.

November 10, 2011
Honoring Our Vets

Secretary Steven Chu commemorates Veteran's Day by meeting with more than a dozen former service members to thank them for their continued service to America.

November 10, 2011
Under Secretary for Nuclear Security Tom D’Agostino, Sustainability Performance Office Director Jennifer MacDonald, Chris Evans and Deputy Secretary of Energy and Daniel Poneman at the 2011 Sustainability Awards. | Image courtesy of the Energy Department
Sustainability Awards Recognize Energy Department Employees Who Go Above and Beyond

Employees from around the country were honored at the 2011 Sustainability Awards last week for driving initiatives that reduce the Energy Department’s use of energy, water and paper, cut down on its waste, and make our buildings and vehicles more efficient.

November 8, 2011
$60 Million to Fund Projects Advancing Concentrating Solar Power

The SunShot initiative announces a $60 million funding opportunity (FOA) to advance concentrating solar power in the United States.