The DOE SunShot Initiative Grand Challenge Summit 2014 will bring together more than 800 members of the solar community including SunShot-funded project teams, industry leaders, innovative researchers and scientists, and local, state and federal government policymakers to review the progress made and discuss the challenges ahead to make solar energy more affordable and widespread across America. The event will include activities that celebrate the accomplishments across more than 250 SunShot-funded projects and discuss the path forward for the U.S. solar energy industry.
Tiny algae can play a big role in tackling America's energy challenges. Recent scientific breakthroughs and projects, funded by the Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office, have resulted in a number of advancements that are helping make algal biofuel more cost competitive and widely available.
The world’s largest light emitting diode (LED) conversion project to date is under way in Los Angeles, California. In the project’s first phase alone, the city retrofitted more than 141,000 streetlights, reducing energy use by 63% and saving the city $7 million a year in electricity costs.