Notable accomplishments in FY 2012 include:

  • the first electric grid-connected tidal energy project off the coast of Maine
  • a new approach to sea water desalination that could lower the costs of water purification
  • new insights into the molecular structure of a hydrogen fuel cell that could aid in achieving the goal of producing electricity for transportation
  • new advances in engineering inedible plant biomass into biofuels

In the national security area, we met a major milestone of eliminating 450 metric tons of highly enriched Russian uranium taken from nuclear weapons and the dismantlement of the last remaining B53 nuclear bomb.

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