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October 21, 2011
A computer simulation of the Alden Fish-Friendly Turbine.
Fish-Friendly Turbine Making a Splash in Water Power

A revolutionary new turbine technology for hydropower plants is one step closer to its first commercial deployment. The Alden Fish-Friendly Turbine could change the game for hydropower generation in the United States, and it is likely to have significant export potential.

October 19, 2011
Critical Materials for a Clean Energy Future

Earlier this month, United States, Japanese and European Union officials, along with a number of industry stakeholders, met for a “Trilateral Conference on Critical Materials for a Clean Energy Future.” I had the opportunity to give a keynote address and discuss the role of critical materials in clean energy technologies with a wide range of experts.

October 19, 2011
A 42-U.S. gallon barrel of crude oil yields about 45 gallons of petroleum products. Source: Energy Information Administration, “Oil: Crude Oil and Petroleum Products Explained” and Annual Energy Outlook 2009 (Updated February 2010).
The How's and Why's of Replacing the Whole Barrel

For many, a barrel of oil is almost synonymous with its most prominent product, gasoline. While almost 40% of a barrel of oil is used to produce gasoline, the rest is used to produce a host of products including jet fuel and plastics and many industrial chemicals. As the United States works to reduce its dependence on foreign oil, we must recognize the complexity of that dependence and work to replace the whole barrel.

October 19, 2011
Clean Energy Markets: We've Got the Innovation and Deployment Cart and Horse Backwards

China has become the world’s largest producer of solar modules. But did you know that these Chinese manufacturers are using technology breakthroughs developed in the United States? What’s the disconnect in the US's ability to deploy it?

October 17, 2011
An illustration of the 2011 Chevy Volt, whose lithium-ion battery is based on technology developed at Argonne National Laboratory. | Image courtesy of General Motors.
From the Lab to the Showroom: How the Electric Car Came to Life

In the U.S., businesses tend to invest in research that will pay off in the short term. National laboratories are filling a gap by conducting the essential research that will change the game 10 to 20 years down the road. Learn more about how years of conducting advanced research in both the private and public sectors led to battery technology that made electric cars possible.

October 14, 2011
Bob Repine, Oregon Department of Energy director, presents the Benton County Fairgrounds solar barn built with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds. The rooftop solar array will produce nearly a quarter of the energy used at the fairgrounds and the 12,000-square-foot space will house livestock and the Solar Education Center. | Photo courtesy of the Oregon Department of Energy
A Barn Raising For the 21st Century

Benton County, Oregon residents constructed a livestock building powered by 306 roof-top solar modules funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

October 11, 2011
RFID technology is a prime example of how targeted Research & Development can enable the development of a core technology – making information mobile – that has commercial potential as far as the imagination can take you.
RFID Technology Creating Jobs, Impacting Americans With Increasing Frequency

From scanning a metro card on a daily commute, to locating a lost pet that’s gone missing, RFID tags touch most Americans’ lives frequently throughout a given day. Learn more about how the National Labs enabled the development of this technology –- an industry that is projected to grow to $27 billion by 2015 and has commercial potential as far as the imagination can take you.

October 4, 2011
Department of Energy Announces First Entry for Market- Driven High-Efficiency Commercial Air Conditioners Challenge

DOE announces that it has received the first official submission by a manufacturer to a voluntary challenge for a new generation of high-efficiency cost-effective air conditioners for commercial buildings.

October 3, 2011
The Power and Potential of Geothermal Energy

Office of Public Affairs Director, Dan Leistikow, details how the Energy Department's loan programs are playing a crucially important role in helping the United States compete globally for clean energy jobs.

October 1, 2011
Secretary Chu Congratulates Solar Decathlon Winners

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu today highlighted the Department’s historic investment in clean energy technologies in remarks congratulating the 2011 Solar Decathlon winners. The following are the Secretary’s remarks as prepared for delivery:

Good afternoon, I’m delighted to be a part of today’s ceremony.  I want to start by thanking everyone who made the 2011 Solar Decathlon possible: