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July 21, 2020
Illustration of a wind turbine gearbox.
How a Wind Turbine Works
Learn the basics of how wind turbines operate to produce power from a renewable resource—the wind.
July 16, 2020
General Motors assembly line
DOE’s 50001 Ready Supports Energy Efficiency in the Automotive Industry
General Motors has attained the U.S. Department of Energy’s 50001 Ready status at twenty five of its U.S.-based plants.
July 15, 2020
Fish swimming in the ocean.
Five Marine Energy Uses You Might Not Be Thinking About
The blue economy represents the interplay between economic, social, and ecological sustainability of the ocean.
June 30, 2020
sun sets over a rooftop solar installation
The Road to Resilience with Rooftop Solar
What happens to the electricity in your home during a power outage when you have rooftop solar panels installed?
June 26, 2020
nrel building proving ground foa
Beyond Efficiency: The Benefits of High-Impact Buildings Technologies in the Public Sector
EERE recently launched new initiatives focused on technology field validation, the testing of near-commercial-ready technologies.
June 24, 2020
A reactor looking up at a Hydrogen pipeline.
Could Hydrogen Help Save Nuclear?
One opportunity is to utilize nuclear’s thermal heat and electricity to produce hydrogen.
June 9, 2020
Berkley Lab ocean research
World Oceans Day: Celebrating the Role and Promise Oceans Have in Our Everyday Lives
World Oceans Day is a global effort to celebrate the ocean's resources, while reminding us to protect it for future generations.
June 8, 2020
Clean Blue Oceans and a Green and Growing Economy
Clean Blue Oceans and a Green and Growing Economy
DOE celebrates National Ocean Month
June 3, 2020
Wheels Keep Turning on Innovations for More Efficient and Clean Vehicles
Initiative Moves Beyond Car Research to Concentrate More Closely on Co-Optimization of Fuels and Engines in Trucks.
May 19, 2020
Battery500: Progress Update
Battery500: Progress Update
April 23, 2020
PNNL researchers retrieve the Sensor Fish after they’ve traveled through the dam.
Celebrating Earth Day at WPTO: R&D to Protect Our River and Marine Environments
This Earth Day, we highlight WPTO successes supporting R&D and testing of marine energy, hydropower, and pumped storage systems for a flexible grid.
April 22, 2020
All the Benefits, None of the Waste
Through a DOE initiative, top researchers are pursuing a continuous lifecycle for plastics that will help put an end to plastic waste one day.
April 20, 2020
Energy Department Manufacturing Traineeship Develops and Scales Protective Equipment Production for Local Medical Community
America is working together to support the healthcare professionals on the front lines of the coronavirus response.
April 7, 2020
First Solar Senior Vice President, Strategic Sourcing & Global Supply Chain, Jigish Trivedi (bottom right) shows Assistant Secretary Daniel R Simmons and Solar Energy Technologies Office Director Becca Jones-Albertus nearly finished photovoltaic modules.
Helping Drive Domestic Manufacturing
A top priority for EERE is supporting game-changing manufacturing innovations across multiple sectors, including American solar panel manufacturing.
March 27, 2020
Grid-interactive and Efficient Buildings are Emerging as Dynamic Solutions to Many Energy Challenges
Grid-interactive and Efficient Buildings are Emerging as Dynamic Solutions to Many Energy Challenges
March 19, 2020
Women’s History Month 2020: Women Scientists Shaping Energy
EERE celebrates Women's History Month
March 13, 2020
Top Reasons to ♥ Solar Energy
The second Friday in March is Solar Appreciation Day! We’re taking advantage of this opportunity to share the major benefits of sun power.
February 19, 2020
ocean waves and sunset
Prizes Powered by the Ocean
Last fall I participated in the White House Summit on Ocean Science and Technology, where leaders discussed advancing ocean energy technologies.
February 18, 2020
Black History Month 2020 Celebrating Leadership Diversity
For Black History Month 2020, EERE is focusing on diversity in senior leaders by honoring African Americans across our technical offices and labs.
February 14, 2020
5 Key Takeaways from the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy FY2021 Budget Request
DOE recently released its Fiscal Year 2021 Congressional Budget request of $35.4 billion.
December 19, 2019
grand challenge wind December
Addressing Wind Energy Innovation Challenges
Addressing Wind Energy Innovation Challenges
December 9, 2019
Daniel Simmons speaks to a member of the Phase 3 Photovoltaics Solar Prize winning team.
American-Made Network: Launching Innovations
One of the ways the Energy Department is driving innovation in the solar technologies is through prizes such as the American-Made Challenges.
November 18, 2019
2019 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards
2019 Federal Energy and Water Management Award winners will help federal agencies achieve their missions.
October 31, 2019
Manufacturing Water: The Next Big Challenge
EERE has launched a number of efforts to increase access to clean and affordable water
October 23, 2019
How Do You Measure Mobility?
New modes of transportation are being created all the time. This blog explores some technologies advantages and challenges.