With so much going on daily across the agency, we’re sharing some of the key highlights that you might have missed. Learn how DOE has been moving the needle to deliver innovative solutions to Build Back Better and tackle climate change, while promoting energy justice.
Innovation Across America
Recently, U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm traveled to Alaska to join U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski visiting clean energy research and development sites and renewable energy facilities in Fairbanks and Anchorage. Alaska is warming faster than any other state, bringing the challenges and opportunities for solutions to address the climate crisis front and center. The trip was jam-packed, and we've got a recap here for you.
“Indigenous communities have been finding solutions for centuries,” Secretary Granholm said during her visit. “We can learn from experience here.”
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Straight from Alaska, Secretary Granholm joined U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich for two days across New Mexico to tout the benefits of the infrastructure bill, the Build Back Better Agenda and the state’s ongoing energy transition. New Mexico is taking on electrification and building new clean energy sources to lower costs, better public health and create more equitable, resilient and efficient communities. Together, they visited the Four Corners region to see and hear about the efforts to transition from traditional oil and gas to clean energy solutions, joining a roundtable with Tribal and local leaders to highlight the Biden administration’s commitment to ensure these communities are part of our clean energy future.
Next, Secretary Granholm visited Berkeley, California, home to DOE’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. There she toured a wide range of climate, energy and critical innovations at the Lab, before joining local leaders and residents at a solar-powered home to discuss DOE’s Solar Automated Permit Processing (SolarAPP+), an online tool that helps local governments cut red tape in the review and approval of residential solar power and battery storage.
And P.S. - this week, Berkeley Lab celebrated their 90th anniversary!
The fun isn’t only on the road, Secretary Granholm also joined musician and activist Adam Met virtually to talk about the importance of taking action — at all levels — to combat the climate crisis. We all have a vital role to play to build a clean energy future that benefits all communities. Watch their full conversation below.
Investing in Energy Solutions
DOE continues to make major investments and see breakthroughs in science. Through the tireless work of DOE’s Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and countless other partners, the Lab announced a major milestone was reached in the quest for fusion ignition. For a fraction of a second, the National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore produced 10% as much power as all the sunshine hitting the Earth.
And, more announcements!
- $24 million in funding for nine research projects to explore and develop new methods of capturing and storing carbon from the air. Direct Air Capture is an expanding field in decarbonization and a key facet of the plan to achieving net-zero emissions by 2050. The nine awards are led by two national laboratories and seven universities, including North Carolina A&T State University, an Historically Black University.
- $6 million to change the game for 5G wireless integration with our scientific facilities, paving the way to enable more breakthroughs than ever in artificial intelligence, automation, and quantum info science.
- $61 million to advance infrastructure and research around quantum information science via the DOE's Office of Science. With quantum information science we can innovate and dream big to solve complex climate and security challenges.
- $37 million from NNSA to support the commercial production of a critical medical isotope, Molly-99. This will back production of a critical isotope used in more than 40,000 medical procedures in the United States each day, including the diagnosis of heart disease and cancer, to be made safely without using highly enriched uranium.
- $54 million to increase energy efficiency in microelectronics design and production. DOE’s national labs will do groundbreaking research and development in computing, communication, and sensing for broad use technologies. Catch Deputy Secretary Dave Turk talking about the announcement in a panel discussion earlier this week.
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