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October 17, 2011
An illustration of the 2011 Chevy Volt, whose lithium-ion battery is based on technology developed at Argonne National Laboratory. | Image courtesy of General Motors.
From the Lab to the Showroom: How the Electric Car Came to Life

In the U.S., businesses tend to invest in research that will pay off in the short term. National laboratories are filling a gap by conducting the essential research that will change the game 10 to 20 years down the road. Learn more about how years of conducting advanced research in both the private and public sectors led to battery technology that made electric cars possible.

October 14, 2011
Thin film solar panels produced by General Electric’s PrimeStar in Arvada, Colorado | Image courtesy of <a href="http://edelman.com/">Edelman</a>.
Another SunShot Success: GE to Make PrimeStar Solar Panels at New Colorado Plant

General Electric (GE) announced that it will build a new thin-film photovoltaic (PV) solar panel manufacturing facility based on innovative technology originally developed at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL).
GE expects that the plant will produce enough solar panels annually to provide electricity to 80,000 homes and to create 355 jobs in Colorado over the next three to five years.

October 13, 2011
Combined Federal Campaign Opening Event Hits a High Note

Energy Department Combined Federal Campaign organizers hope to raise $1.5 million this year to aid local, national and international charities.

October 7, 2011
SunShot Initiative Researcher Wins National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Last week, President Obama recognized Dr. Rakesh Agrawal, who is currently a researcher with the Department's SunShot Initiative, with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.

October 6, 2011
Dr. Saul Perlmutter, who won the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, heads the Supernova Cosmology Project at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. It was this team along with the High-z Supernova Search Team which found evidence of the accelerating expansion of the universe.
National Lab Scientists Win Nobel Recognition

This week, Secretary Chu congratulated two scientists for their trailblazing work: Dr. Saul Perlmutter in the Energy Department’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, who was recently named the winner of the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics, and Dr. Daniel Shechtman, who is currently an associate scientist at the Energy Department's Ames Laboratory, for winning the 2011 Nobel Prize in Chemistry “for the discovery of quasicrystals.”

September 29, 2011
Volunteer Alison Mize demonstrates how to build an electrical circuit using a string of lights and battery at the Vehicle Technologies Program booth at the 2011 Solar Decathlon. | DOE photo, courtesy of April Saylor
2011 Solar Decathlon – The Volunteer's Perspective

The Solar Village has been open to the public on the National Mall’s West Potomac Park for seven days now, which means the 2011 Solar Decathlon is fully underway.

September 22, 2011
Bill Picciano tells us about his job at the Energy Department's Savanna River Site. | DOE Photo
Two Years Later: Bill Picciano of DOE's Savannah River Site

We checked back in with Bill Picciano, who we last spoke to in October 2009 after he'd recently been hired at the Savannah River Site (SRS) through the Recovery Act. Now he's permanently employed at the Site as an Associate Engineer/Technical Support Specialist - a job he's proud to have.

September 22, 2011
Richard Kauffman has recently joined the Energy Department as a Senior Advisor and is one of the country's leading experts on private sector investment in clean energy. Photo Credit: Quentin Kruger, Department of Energy
The Faces of Energy: Richard Kauffman's Journey From The Oil Crisis to Clean Tech

One of the country's leading experts on private sector investment in clean energy, Richard Kauffman is joining the Energy Department as a Senior Advisor. It's also his first in the public sector – a fact that humbles Kauffman: “For me this is my opportunity to serve. My hope is that I will bring capabilities and experience that are complementary to the great talent that is already here.”

September 21, 2011
Smart grid technology installations provided not only new work, but new customers for Narrows Electric owner Gary Miklethun, far l., and his team, from l. to r., Ken Dehart, Rodney Thomas and Dave Brosie.
Smart Grid Technology Gives Small Business New Light

Gary Miklethun, the owner of Narrows Electric, a small electrical contractor in Gig Harbor, Wash., that specializes in residential and small commercial projects, definitely felt it when the economy slowed down. But installing new smart grid technology in 500 homes not only gave his team new work, but new customers.

September 21, 2011
From the Mailbag: Questions and Comments on the New Energy.gov

You asked, we answered! Check out some frequently asked questions on the new and improved Energy.gov.