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September 3, 2014
Four Cellulosic Ethanol Breakthroughs

Today, the nation's first ever commercial-scale cellulosic ethanol biorefinery to use corn waste as a feedstock officially opened for business in Emmetsburg, Iowa. POET-DSM’s Project LIBERTY is the second of two Energy Department-funded cellulosic ethanol biorefineries to come on line within the past year. Learn more about how the Energy Department is helping the nation reduce its dependence on foreign oil and move the clean energy economy forward.

April 17, 2014
A Statement from U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz on New Leadership at Ames National Laboratory

This week, the Energy Department welcomes Dr. Adam Schwartz as the new director of Ames National Laboratory.

April 9, 2014
Green light reflection from a low-oxygen environment, 3D-printer laser deposition of metal powder alloys. 
| Photo courtesy of Critical Materials Institute, Ames Laboratory
Additive Manufacturing Meets the Critical Materials Shortage

Find out how the Energy Department's Advanced Manufacturing Office is working to address potential shortages of critical materials through additive manufacturing, or 3D printing.

March 17, 2014
Iowa: West Union Green Transformation Project

The City of West Union, Iowa, installed a closed-circuit geothermal heating and cooling system designed to heat and cool 330,000 square feet of mixed used space in the downtown area, including 80% of the 60 downtown buildings. The city also set up a system of mini-grants for downtown businesses to help defray the costs of weatherizing their buildings and connecting to the system.

November 6, 2013
Nationwide: The Nation’s First Commercial-Scale Biorefineries

EERE's investment aids in the creation of the first commercial-scale biorefineries in the United States.

November 6, 2013
Iowa: Geothermal System Creates Jobs, Reduces Emissions in Rural Community

EECBG grant allows city to heat downtown area using geothermal power.

April 3, 2013
Dr. Karl Gschneidner is holding a neodymium-iron-boron magnet produced using a new, greener process. The process that Dr. Gschneidner helped develop doesn’t produce the environmentally unfriendly byproducts that result from traditional manufacturing methods. | Photo courtesy of Ames Laboratory.
10 Questions for a Materials Scientist: Mr. Rare Earth -- Dr. Karl A. Gschneidner, Jr.

A jack-of-all-trades, Dr. Gschneidner’s research spans the fields of physical chemistry, materials science, engineering and physics. In this edition of 10 Questions, Dr. Gschneidner shares insights into his research of rare earth materials.

March 25, 2013
2013 Annual Planning Summary for the Ames Site Office

The ongoing and projected Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Statements for 2013 and 2014 within the Ames Site Office.

February 12, 2013
President Obama will deliver the State of the Union to Congress & to the American people tonight at 9pm ET. | Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy.
Innovation and Energy at the State Of The Union

A few of the First Lady's guests at the 2013 State of the Union hail from the fields of science, energy and innovation. Read more about these individuals and their remarkable accomplishments.

January 9, 2013
Europium, a rare earth element that has the same relative hardness of lead, is used to create fluorescent lightbulbs. With no proven substitutes, europium is considered critical to the clean energy economy. | Photo courtesy of the Ames Laboratory.
Increasing Access to Materials Critical to the Clean Energy Economy

The new Critical Materials Hub will help accelerate U.S. leadership in energy innovations by eliminating supply uncertainties for modern and emerging clean energy technologies.