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August 25, 2011
Audit Report: OAS-RA-11-14

The Department of Energy's Weatherization Assistance Program Funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the Commonwealth of Virginia

August 11, 2011
USDA and DOE Fund 10 Research Projects to Accelerate Bioenergy Crop Production and Spur Economic Impact

WASHINGTON, DC -- The U.S. Departments of Energy and Agriculture have awarded 10 grants totaling $12.2 million to spur research into improving the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of growing biofuel and bioenergy crops. The investments are part of a broader effort by the Obama administration to develop domestic renewable energy and advanced biofuels, providing a more secure future for America’s energy needs and creating new opportunities for the American farming industry. 

August 5, 2011
DOE Funds Demonstration of "Ultrasonic Machining"

Approximately 50 people attended a demonstration of a technology called "ultrasonic machining" at AREVA's Technical Training Center on June 9, 2011. The technology, originally developed by the Edison Welding Institute (EWI), applies ultrasonic acoustic vibrations to traditional machining processes to reduce friction and improve performance.

August 1, 2011
CX-006285: Categorical Exclusion Determination

Development of Advanced Systems for Preprocessing and Characterizing Coal-Biomass Mixtures
CX(s) Applied: B3.6
Date: 08/01/2011
Location(s): Blacksburg, Virginia
Office(s): Fossil Energy, National Energy Technology Laboratory

June 27, 2011
Workers at Volvo Trucks' New River Valley plant guide an engine into place. | Courtesy of Volvo Trucks
Virginia Manufacturer Keeps Jobs Local By Embracing Energy Efficiency

Volvo Trucks’ New River Valley (NRV) plant, located in Dublin, Virginia, is the company’s largest truck manufacturing facility in the world—and the plant’s senior management aims to keep it that way.

June 21, 2011
EcoCAR Reaches the Finish Line

Virginia Tech takes the checkered flag as the inaugural EcoCar competition comes to a close in Washington, D.C.

June 21, 2011
CX-006110: Categorical Exclusion Determination

CX(s) Applied: A1, A9, A11, B5.1
Date: 06/21/2011
Location(s): Alexandria, Virginia
Office(s): Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

June 17, 2011
From General Mechanics to General Motors: Lynn Gantt's EcoCAR Experience

How Lynn Gantt’s EcoCAR experience took him from studying general mechanics to working at General Motors.

June 17, 2011
Virginia Tech Wins EcoCAR Competition

Washington, D.C. - On Thursday evening a team of students from Virginia Tech University learned they received top honors when they were named the overall winners of EcoCAR: The NeXt Challenge after designing and building an extended-range electric vehicle (EREV) using E85 (ethanol).  Virginia Tech competed against 15 other universities to take home the top prize of the three-year competition sponsored by the Department of Energy and General Motors.  This unique competition helps train students and engineers to become the next generation of workers the U.S.

June 17, 2011
TODAY: Secretary Chu and GM to Hold Conference Call with Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech Wins EcoCAR Competition