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May 5, 2011
Secretary Chu Tasks Environmental, Industry and State Leaders to Recommend Best Practices for Safe, Responsible Development of America's Onshore Natural Gas Resources

Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu today announced a group of environmental, industry and state regulatory experts who will make recommendations to improve the safety and environmental performance of natural gas hydraulic fracturing from shale formations - harnessing a vital domestic energy resource while ensuring the safety of our drinking water and the health of the environment.

April 13, 2011
Algae samples back at the NREL lab, ready to be analyzed and run through the Fluorescent-Activated Cell Sorter, or FACS, which separates the cells. | Credit: NREL Staff Photographer Dennis Schroeder.
Study: Algae Could Replace 17% of U.S. Oil Imports

A new study from Pacific Northwest National Lab concludes that 17% of U.S. oil imports for transportation could be replaced by domestically-produced algae biofuels.

March 17, 2011
A basic overview of GreenFire's process to convert CO2 into electricity. | Photo courtesy of GreenFire.
Innovative Geothermal Startup Will Put Carbon Dioxide To Good Use

GreenFire Energy began work to demonstrate a process that would use CO2 to harness geothermal energy to make electricity. What is more, the technology has the potential to add carbon sequestration – not to mention reduced water consumption – to the benefits already associated with geothermal power.

March 11, 2011
The MV-1, a new wheelchair accessible, fuel-efficient vehicle | Photo Courtesy of Vehicle Production Group
Automotive Accessibility and Efficiency Meet in the Innovative MV-1

A look at the MV-1, a fuel-efficient natural gas vehicle designed from the ground-up for wheelchair accessibility.

March 1, 2011
Alternative fuel vehicles and advanced vehicle technologies are helping to keep National treasures like Yellowstone National Park in Cody, Wyoming pristine. | Photo by Jeff Gunn
National Parks Clean Up with Alternative Fuels

Many National Parks are adopting clean alternative fuel vehicles, advanced vehicles technologies and other fuel saving measures to maintain their air quality and keep the parks pristine.

February 16, 2011
At left, highly turbulent behavior as water flows into (clear) oil. At right, all turbulence is suppressed by using cornstarch. | Department of Energy Photo | Courtesy of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory | Public Domain
Forceful Fluid: Scientists Discover a Starchy Substance with Oily Applications

Researchers at the Energy Department’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) set out to find the proper mix of fluids needed to cap the powerful flow of oil that can occur during a spill, an objective that was principally driven by the failure of the top-kill method during last year's oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. You'll be surprised what starchy substance made the grade.

February 14, 2011
President Requests $520.7 Million for Fossil Energy Programs

President Obama’s FY 2012 budget seeks $520.7 million for the Office of Fossil Energy to support improved energy security and rapid development of climate-oriented technology.

December 10, 2010
Why Cool Roofs?
November 5, 2010
A simulated collision of lead-ions, courtesy the ALICE experiment at CERN
Geek-Up[11.05.10]: Quark Gluon Plasma, Solar-Power Generating Windows and CCS Field Studies

Large Hadron Collider's (LHC) first record-setting run of high-energy proton collisions, new transparent film capable of absorbing light and generating electrical charge developed, and field test finds that opportunities to permanently store carbon in unmineable seams of lignite may be more widespread than previously documented -- all in this week's Geek-Up.

October 1, 2010
Geek-Up[10.01.10] -- Mapping Bioenergy and Magnetic Vector Potential, New Atmosphere-Monitoring Tools and "Sour" Gas Streams

Geeks, pay attention! We've got a BioEnergy Atlas, aerosols and climate, sour stuff, and 3D magnetic interactions in this edition of the Geek Up!