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November 29, 2016
Precast Dam Structure | Photo Courtesy French Development Enterprises
EERE Success Story—Innovative "French Dam" Cuts Cost and Construction Time

With Energy Department support, French Development Enterprises, LLC, GEI Consultants, and Oldcastle Precast announced the successful construction of the first prototype of a “French Dam.”The prototype technology uses modular design—a term for structures that use multiple standardized components that integrate easily— to significantly cut construction time and cost.

October 7, 2016
With SunShot funding, 1366 Technologies developed these three-dimensional silicon wafers that require fewer raw materials, helping to reduce the cost of solar panels.
EERE Success Story – Silicon Solar Wafers Enter a New Dimension

The vast majority of solar modules are currently made with silicon, as the material is widely available, relatively low-cost, and able to reach high efficiencies. Today, nearly all silicon wafers for solar modules are manufactured by first transforming the raw material into silicon blocks, which are then sawed into thin wafers that are turned into solar cells and integrated into modules. But one SunShot Initiative awardee has developed a method that is changing the game.

October 6, 2016
Filter Sensing Technologies, Inc. (FST) developed this R&D 100 award winning diesel particulate filter sensor as part of a project supported by EERE’s Vehicle Technologies Office.
EERE Success Story—Filter Sensor Demonstrates that Fuel Savings in New York Diesel Fleet is Ready for Commercialization

Diesel-fueled vehicles perform many of the everyday activities needed to keep society running, from picking up garbage to repairing utility lines. However, for today’s diesel vehicles to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s tailpipe emissions standards, they use a complex set of emissions controls. Filters that minimize particulate matter are one of the most commonly used forms of emission control systems. Particulate matter can reduce lung function, aggravate asthma, worsen cardiovascular disease, and harm ecosystems,

June 29, 2016
Pictured above is a test section of Brayton Energy’s newly designed solar receiver | Photo courtesy of Brayton Energy
EERE Success Story—Solar Receiver Redesign Enables CSP to Beam Ahead

Next generation concentrating solar power (CSP) system designs use supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) turbine power cycles to more efficiently convert solar thermal energy to electricity and to reduce the cost of CSP technology. Because sCO2 power cycles work best at very high temperatures and under intense pressure, a CSP system needs receivers and heat exchangers that can withstand these conditions.

March 11, 2016
CX-014584: Categorical Exclusion Determination

Trident: A Human Factors Decision Aid Integrating Deepwater Drilling Tasks, Incidents, and Literature
CX(s) Applied: A9
Date: 03/11/2016
Location(s): Multiple Locations
Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

March 10, 2016
CX-014722: Categorical Exclusion Determination

Western Sierra Nevada Power Marketing Program 2025
CX(s) Applied: B4.1
Date: 03/10/2016
Location(s): Multiple Locations
Offices(s): Western Area Power Administration-Sierra Nevada Region

March 9, 2016
CX-014587: Categorical Exclusion Determination

Dry Solids Pump Coal Feed Technology Program
CX(s) Applied: A9, A11, B3.6
Date: 03/09/2016
Location(s): Multiple Locations
Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

March 8, 2016
CX-014589: Categorical Exclusion Determination

University Coalition for Fossil Energy Research
CX(s) Applied: A9
Date: 03/08/2016
Location(s): Multiple Locations
Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

March 7, 2016
CX-014590: Categorical Exclusion Determination

Increasing Nationwide ZEV Adoption – Enhanced Joint Procurement Process
CX(s) Applied: A9, A11
Date: 03/07/2016
Location(s): Multiple Locations
Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory

March 3, 2016
CX-014591: Categorical Exclusion Determination

Aggregated Alternative Technology Alliance (AATA)
CX(s) Applied: A1, A9
Date: 03/03/2016
Location(s): Multiple Locations
Offices(s): National Energy Technology Laboratory