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The EERE Blog includes updates to current Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) projects, interviews with energy experts, and success stories about EERE’s technology offices and national laboratories. Subscribe to the blog email list.

February 6, 2019
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EERE Success Story—Material Mash-Up Could Increase Efficiency of Concentrating Solar-Thermal Power Plants
A new metal composite for heat exchangers could improve energy conversion and cut costs in CSP plants.
January 28, 2019
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EERE Success Story—DOE and Alaska Housing Finance Center Team Up to Help Rural Alaskan Communities Identify Energy Savings
DOE and Alaska Housing Finance Center team up to help rural Alaskan communities identify energy savings.
January 25, 2019
Hand holding the electrochemical humidity control device prior to installation at the Statue of Liberty Museum.
EERE Success Story—DOE Small Business Innovation Research Award Winner Installs Electrochemical Humidity Control Devices at Two U.S. Museums
Xergy Inc., a small company from Delaware, utilized SBIR funding under the authorization of DOE's BTO, to develop a novel microclimate control system.
January 16, 2019
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EERE Success Story—Minnesota Offers Residents a Tip Sheet for Hiring Solar Installers
Part three of Minnesota's energy efforts to support its public entities and residents.
January 2, 2019
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EERE Success Story—Small Wonder: New Converter and Wiring Setup Can Improve Photovoltaic Module Performance
eIQ Energy’s power electronics device enables modules to work independently while increasing power output.
January 2, 2019
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EERE Success Story—Part 2 – The Proof is in the Savings
Part two of Minnesota’s energy efforts to support its public entities and residents.
December 18, 2018
Geothermal Student Competition Will Take Data Analytics to New Depths
Are you a student? Are you looking for opportunities to gain experience and build your resume? Then the Geothermal Student Competition is for you!
December 17, 2018
EERE Success Story—First Composite Screw-Turbine Tested at Full-Scale in the United States
Percheron Power of Kennewick, Washington, recently concluded an initial round of prototype testing for their Composite Archimedes Hydrodynamic Screw.
December 14, 2018
The Minnesota Department of Commerce is housed in the Golden Rule Building in St. Paul, Minn.
EERE Success Story—Part 1 – Paving the Way for Energy Efficiency in Minnesota
Minnesota sought to reduce both energy waste and costs by creating the Guaranteed Energy Savings Program.
December 7, 2018
EERE Success Story—University of Oklahoma Scientists Crack the Case Wide Open for Enhanced Geothermal Systems
Researchers at the University of Oklahoma conducted a rock fracturing experiment that showcased the potential for enhanced geothermal systems.
December 3, 2018
The first prototype of the non-contact scanner
EERE Success Story—Inspector Gadget: New Device Can Spot Defects in Photovoltaic Modules
Startup Tau Science’s scanner shows signs of module damage and keeps repair crews safe.
December 3, 2018
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Top 5 Reasons to Apply for an SBIR Grant
A list of key ways an EERE SBIR/STTR Phase I grant can help propel your small business.
November 26, 2018
A nuclear steam stack looks up at a hydrogen pipeline.
Could hydrogen help save nuclear?
One opportunity is to utilize nuclear’s thermal heat and electricity to produce hydrogen.
November 26, 2018
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An Historical Time for Renewable Jet Fuel
The world’s first commercial flight using ground-breaking sustainable aviation fuel made from recycled waste carbon flew from Orlando to London
November 19, 2018
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EERE Success Story—Vermont is Helping its Homeowners Reduce Energy Waste and Save on Energy Bills
REVEAL engages with the real estate sector to educate and inform on the importance of efficiency in homes.
October 29, 2018
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EERE Success Story—X Marks the Spot: Solar Site Design Goes High Tech
Utility-scale solar plants can power thousands of homes but finding an ideal location for them isn’t easy.
October 17, 2018
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Driving to a Hydrogen Future
Energy Department funding has led to more than 730 U.S. patents and 30 technologies related to hydrogen and fuel cells.
October 5, 2018
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In Celebration of American Manufacturing
The Energy Department is working with U.S. manufacturers to improve energy productivity – the ability to produce more with less energy.
September 26, 2018
EERE Success Story—South Carolina Facilitates Energy Efficiency Financing for Public Buildings Reducing Costs to Taxpayers
With the help of a DOE State Energy Program competitive award, the South Carolina Energy Office created the Palmetto Energy Efficiency Retrofits.
September 21, 2018
Up to $11 million available for natural gas vehicle research.
Natural gas is poised to play a key role as a versatile, low-emission fuel and is an increasingly attractive alternative to conventional diesel fuel
September 13, 2018
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Keeping the Lights On: Essential Reliability Services
A look behind the scenes at what happens every time you flip a light switch.
September 7, 2018
EERE Success Story—Utah Launched Greenpower Electric Car Challenge to Engage Students in STEM
The Greenpower Electric Car Challenge is administered by Utah State University, in partnership with OED, Siemens, and Greenpower USA.
August 27, 2018
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Innovative Markets for Marine Energy
A look into marine energy's unique potential to serve 12 maritime markets
August 23, 2018
Small-Scale Distributed Wind: Northern Power Systems’ 100-kW turbine at the top of Burke Mountain in East Burke, Vermont. | Photo courtesy of Northern Power Systems.
Top 9 Things You Didn’t Know About Distributed Wind Power
Learn about key facts related to wind turbines used in distributed applications.
August 23, 2018
Wind turbines are soaring to record sizes. The average rotor diameter of turbines installed in 2017 grew to 370 feet, up 135 percent since 1998–1999. | National Renewable Energy Laboratory photo
Top 10 Things You Didn't Know About Wind Power
Get the details on a few of the lesser known wind energy facts.