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July 28, 2014
Dairy digester and engine genset at New Hope dairy farm. | Photo courtesy of Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Energy Department Works with Sacramento Municipal Utility District on Renewable Electricity Generation and Delivery

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) in Sacramento, California, is looking to local renewable resources to help meet its aggressive goal of supplying 37% of its power from renewables in 2020.

July 25, 2014
Carolyn Albiston is a computer scientist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL).
Women @ Energy: Carolyn Albiston

"Promote yourself and your accomplishments. Ask someone specific to be your mentor, male or female. You can have more than one for different purposes. Most people are flattered to be asked."

July 11, 2014
Faranak Nekoogar, Ph.D. is the lead researcher on Ultra-wideband Technology at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.
Women @ Energy: Faranak Nekoogar

"Technical leaders need to be independent thinkers and doers, and we must encourage young women to be ambitious and not get discouraged by minor setbacks that might arise from a male dominated field of engineering. Overcoming hurdles, both technical and cultural, can be an enjoyable and enriching experience for women in STEM."

June 27, 2014
Neda Gray is the Information Systems Security Officer for the Operations and Business Principle Associate Directorate (PAD).
Women @ Energy: Neda Gray

" If we can convince mothers and fathers to treat their daughters and sons equally, to instill in them a sense of value for education, responsibility for their actions and decisions, love for others (not only family members), and a desire for spiritual enlightenment, we can begin to change the world."

June 27, 2014
Some of the women working on NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Project, which built and operates the Curiosity Mars rover, gathered for this photo in the Mars Yard used for rover testing at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
NASA's Curiosity Rover Team Features Women Team Members

NASA's Curiosity Mars rover this week completed its first Martian year -- 687 Earth days -- since landing in August 2012. Each day of the rover working on Mars requires several dozen rover team members completing tasks on Earth.To celebrate reaching this longevity milestone, which had been set as one of the mission's goals from the start, the Curiosity team planned staffing a special day, with women fulfilling 76 out of 102 operational roles, showcasing the important role women have to play in STEM jobs.

June 4, 2014
Private Company Uses EERE-Supported Chemistry Model to Substantially Improve Combustion Engine Simulation Software

Convergent Science, Inc. (CSI) is using Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Multi-Zone Combustion Model (MCM) to help automotive engineers develop the next generation of high-efficiency, low-emission vehicles.

June 3, 2014
EA-1975: Draft Environmental Assessment

LINAC Coherent Light Source-Il, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, Menlo Park, California

June 3, 2014
Ionic Liquid Pretreatment Process for Biomass Is Successfully Implemented at Larger Scale

DOE-funded researchers have shown that a new, highly effective pretreatment process used in the production of biofuel can be executed at a larger scale than ever achieved before.

May 30, 2014
SunShot Grand Challenge Summit: Bright Outlook to Achieve SunShot Goal

Last week, hundreds of solar energy leaders gathered in southern California to participate in SunShot’s biennial Grand Challenge Summit. Read a recap of the four-day event, which focused on making solar energy fully cost-competitive with traditional forms of energy by 2020.

May 23, 2014
This EnerVault flow battery stores power from the solar panels and releases it as needed. | Photo courtesy of EnerVault.
Smoothing the Flow of Renewable Solar Energy in California’s Central Valley

How flow batteries can support renewables and resiliency on the grid.