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July 3, 2014
The site of the former 183-B Clearwell, an old water treatment facility for the historic B Reactor.
Workers Demolish Reactor Support Facility as Part of River Corridor Contract

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Richland Operations Office and cleanup contractor Washington Closure Hanford recently completed the cleanout and demolition of the last reactor support facility as part of the River Corridor Closure Contract.

June 30, 2014
A hole near Hanford's D Reactor now 85 feet deep is shown when it was about 70 feet deep.
Workers Successfully Excavate Mother Lode of Chromium Contamination at Hanford Site

RICHLAND, Wash. – EM’s Richland Operations Office (RL) and contractor Washington Closure Hanford (WCH) have removed what is believed to be the primary source of chromium contamination to the Columbia River near Hanford’s D Reactor after workers excavated 2.2 million tons of material from waste sites.

June 10, 2014
Imagine Tomorrow participants Pavan Kumar (from left), Isaak Nanneman, Ethan Perrin, Andrew Wang and Oisin Doherty were selected by the Bioenergy Technologies Office to present their idea at the Biomass 2014 conference next month. The student team from Redmond, Washington, was chosen for their idea on how to help the nation transition to renewable forms of energy using cellulosic ethanol. | Energy Department photo
Generating Bioenergy Solutions for the Clean Energy Economy of Tomorrow

Bioenergy Technologies Office selects student team from Redmond, Washington, to present at the Biomass 2014 conference, which is taking place July 29 to July 30 in Washington, D.C. The team was chosen for their idea on how to help the nation transition to renewable forms of energy using cellulosic ethanol.

May 29, 2014
HAMMER instructor Michael Stordahl demonstrates the features available using a mondopad in a classroom.
Hanford Leads the Way for Greener Classrooms

EM’s Richland Operations Office and contractor Mission Support Alliance (MSA) are leading the way to greener classrooms by developing a totally paperless class at the HAMMER Federal Training Facility at the Hanford site. MSA manages HAMMER on behalf of EM.

May 28, 2014
Imagine Tomorrow: Student Competition Leads to Innovative Biofuel Ideas

For this year’s Imagine Tomorrow competition, the Bioenergy Technologies Office will select a student team to present their idea and project at the Biomass 2014 conference in July. Learn more about the competition, which will take place this weekend at Washington State University.

May 8, 2014
SunShot Summit Hackathon

The SunShot Initiative and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) are hosting the SunShot Hackathon at the SunShot Grand Challenge Summit, May 19-22 in Anaheim, California.

April 28, 2014
Chairs Meeting - April 2014

EM SSAB minutes, agenda, and presentations from meeting held in Pasco, Washington.

April 25, 2014
For years, scientists have tracked the movements of salmon through rivers in the Pacific Northwest and around the world. Now a smaller, more powerful battery will allow them to track even younger, smaller fish over longer distances. Slightly larger than grains of rice, the new batteries power a transmitter small enough to inject into these fish -- rather than surgically implant them. The result is less stressful for the fish and less costly for the researcher. <a href="http://www.pnnl.gov/news/release.aspx?id=1040" target="_blank">Learn more about the batteries here</a>. | Photo courtesy of PNNL.
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April 23, 2014
Workshop: Photovoltaics Research and Development Beyond SunShot

This participatory workshop will bring together leaders in the field to explore the opportunities and challenges for research and development in PV after the SunShot goal has been achieved. The goal of the SunShot Initiative is to make solar energy cost-competitive with other forms of electricity by the end of the decade – specifically, to reach an installed, unsubsidized price of $0.06 per kilowatt hour ($1/W) for utility-scale systems.

April 21, 2014
Workshop: Systems Integration Vision Challenges and Opportunities

Even after achieving the SunShot Initiative’s cost targets for solar energy, successful systems integration will remain as the key barrier to enable significantly higher levels of penetration and growth in solar power generation. To fully realize the SunShot goals, it is critical to address the challenges to successful integration of solar generation into the power grid (both transmission and distribution). SunShot’s Systems Integration (SI) subprogram has developed a vision and action plan with quantifiable metrics to fulfill SunShot’s goals.