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July 19, 2011
Departments of Energy, Defense Partner to Install Fuel Cell Backup Power Units at Eight Military Installations

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced that as part of an interagency partnership with the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) to strengthen American energy security and develop new clean energy technologies, DOD will be installing and operating 18 fuel cell backup power systems at eight military installations across the country. The Departments will test how the fuel cells perform in real world operations, identify any technical improvements manufacturers could make to enhance performance, and highlight the benefits of fuel cells for emergency backup power applications.

May 5, 2011
Tiny silicon pillars, used to absorb light. When dotted with a catalyst of molybdenum sulfide and exposed to sunlight, these pillars generate hydrogen gas from the hydrogen ions liberated by splitting water. Each pillar is approximately two micrometers in diameter. | Photo courtesy of Christian D. Damsgaard, Thomas Pedersen and Ole Hansen, Technical University of Denmark
Turning Sun and Water Into Hydrogen Fuel

In a key step towards advancing a clean energy economy, scientists have engineered a cheap, abundant way to make hydrogen fuel from sunlight and water.

March 10, 2011
Obama Administration Announces Launch of i6 Green Challenge to Promote Clean Energy Innovation and Economic Growth

The U.S. Department of Energy joined with the U.S. Commerce Department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) and its Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship today to announce the opening of the $12 million i6 Green Challenge, which will also be conducted in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, and Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

June 8, 2010
What's Up With Fuel Cells?

We hear a lot about renewables like wind and solar these days, but what's the deal with fuel cells and is there a future in them?

April 30, 2010
This prototype mobile lighting unit, which uses energy-efficient lighting and hydrogen fuel cell power, was used during the Academy Awards. Its backers hope similar technologies can replace noisy, polluting diesel-based mobile lighting. | Photos courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences®
Hydrogen power lit Academy Awards

While outstanding performances in film were being honored at this year’s Academy Awards, some engineers and businesses were focused on a different performance — that of a lighting system illuminating the famed red carpet.

June 30, 2009
Obama Administration Announces up to $32 Million Initiative to Expand Hydropower

Washington, DC - U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced up to $32 million in Recovery Act funding to modernize the existing hydropower infrastructure in the U.S., increase efficiency and reduce environmental impact.  Today's announcement is designed to support the deployment of turbines and control technologies to increase power generation and environmental stewardship at existing non-Federal hydroelectric facilities.

October 8, 2010
Make Your Mark in the 2011 Hydrogen Student Design Contest

The contest is challenges undergraduate and graduate students worldwide to plan and design a residential hydrogen fueling system for a home, apartment complex, dorm or other single residential building.

November 16, 2010
Biofuels: Helping to Move the Industry to the Next Level

In our committment to tripling biofuel production in the next 12 years, we've in the past two years announced 40 projects and over $850 million to projects focused on cellulosic biofuels and next generation hydrocarbon fuels.