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September 29, 2011
“First Light,” the solar home from New Zealand, stands complete on the first day of the 2011 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. The 25-student team from Victory University of Wellington won the Engineering Contest today, the fourth juried contest of the competition.
Kiwis Take Home Engineering Win for Solar Home 'First Light'

The “First Light” solar home prototype developed and constructed by students from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, won the Engineering Contest today at the 2011 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon.

September 28, 2011
American farmers harvest 80 million acres of corn each autumn. The corn stover usually left on a hewn field can be processed into a renewable transportation fuel called bioethanol. | Image courtesy of POET
Commercial Ethanol Turns Dross to Dollars for Rural Iowans

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu Sept. 23 announced the Department finalized a $105 million loan guarantee to support the development of one of the nation's first commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol plants.

September 28, 2011
The Team Tidewater Virginia smart meter, as seen on opening day, indicates the team generated 5 kW hours of electricity in the first several hours of the competition. | Image courtesy of Lachlan Fletcher, Studio 18a
Smart Meters Help Balance Energy Consumption at Solar Decathlon

Clouds, rain, thunderstorms… at Solar Decathlon Village? Oh my, you may say. But less-than-ideal weather conditions are no match for this year's teams, thanks to smart grid technology that is helping them monitor their energy consumption.

September 27, 2011
Parsons The New School for Design and Stevens Institute of Technology tied with Purdue University's INhome to win the Affordability Contest at the 2011 Solar Decathlon by building Empowerhouse for less than $230,000. | Courtesy of <a href="http://parsit.parsons.edu/">Empowerhouse.</a>
Decathletes Demonstrate Affordable Solar Housing

Two teams tied for first place in the first-ever Affordability Contest at the 2011 Solar Decathlon -- demonstrating that innovative technology doesn’t have to be expensive.

September 22, 2011
Richard Kauffman has recently joined the Energy Department as a Senior Advisor and is one of the country's leading experts on private sector investment in clean energy. Photo Credit: Quentin Kruger, Department of Energy
The Faces of Energy: Richard Kauffman's Journey From The Oil Crisis to Clean Tech

One of the country's leading experts on private sector investment in clean energy, Richard Kauffman is joining the Energy Department as a Senior Advisor. It's also his first in the public sector – a fact that humbles Kauffman: “For me this is my opportunity to serve. My hope is that I will bring capabilities and experience that are complementary to the great talent that is already here.”

September 21, 2011
An overview of the impact that the clean energy economy is having on the U.S. construction industry. <a href="http://energy.gov/downloads/constructing-cleaner-economy-info-graphic">Download the full resolution graphic</a>.
The Clean Energy Economy is Not a Coming Attraction – It's Here

Some people talk about the clean energy economy as if it’s a hypothetical future development, but the fact is that it’s already here and poised for tremendous growth in the coming years.

September 19, 2011
Secretary Chu meets with officials during a visit to the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) Incident and Emergency Center in Vienna. | Photo Courtesy of IAEA.
Reaffirming America's Commitment to the Peaceful Use of the Atom

The latest from Vienna, Austria, where Secretary Chu is leading the U.S. delegation to the General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

September 8, 2011
Nanoscientist Seth Darling | Image courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory
10 Questions for a Nanoscientist: Seth Darling

Meet Seth Darling, who has leveraged his work in nanomaterials to help lower the cost of solar. "The challenge is basically pushing the limits of what you can do with materials. Materials really are the basis of almost every technology that's out there."

September 6, 2011
16 R&D Projects Across 11 States to Advance Hydropower in U.S.

Today, Secretary Chu announced that the Energy Department is funding 16 projects that will make hydropower production even more efficient, cost-effective and environmentally friendly.