Watch the full video of Senior Advisor Richard Kauffman October 20, 2011 live chat on energy.gov. He spoke about what drew him to the Department from the private sector, and answered questions -- via email, Twitter and Facebook -- on innovation and deployment, and on how we can ensure U.S. leadership in the global renewable energy race.
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.
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.
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.”