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September 28, 2017
STEM education days at Solar Decathlon
Solar Decathlon: 3 STEM Resources for Teachers
Solar Decathlon can serve as a teaching tool for educators interested in teaching science, engineering, technology and math – or STEM.
September 27, 2017
picture of a connected thermostat in a person's hand.
4 Ways to Upgrade Your Home with Clean Energy Technologies
Thanks to new technology, there are a number of ways to upgrade your home, and, in some instances, even improve its value.
September 26, 2017
A solar powered dog house on display.
BARKitecture: 15 Solar-Powered Doghouses Inspired by the Solar Decathlon
Inspired by the Solar Decathlon, Denver-area architectural and engineering firms are stepping up to the challenge by designing solar doghouses.
September 20, 2017
An aerial view of a beach torn apart by Hurricane Sandy
5 Ways Alternative Fuels Aid Response to Hurricanes and Natural Disasters
Alternative fuel vehicles are playing a big role in responding to hurricanes and other natural disasters.
September 18, 2017
Picture of a solar collector technology known as ganged heliostats
New Solar Collector Tech Could Lower Costs for Concentrating Solar Power
For the first time ever, ganged heliostats could be a viable option for new concentrating solar power systems.
September 14, 2017
How Does a Lithium-ion Battery Work? thumbnail
How Does a Lithium-ion Battery Work?
How does a lithium-ion battery work? Find out in this blog!
September 13, 2017
A Chevy truck that is powered by a battery and fuel cells with mountains in the back drop.
4 Ways Fuel Cells Power Up the U.S. Military
From powering soldier gear to flying unmanned aircrafts, fuel cells are becoming an attractive option for the U.S. military.
September 11, 2017
Photo of CenturyLink Field, home of the Seattle Seahawks.
5 NFL Football Stadiums Score Big on Efficiency
September kicks off the start of another football season and many NFL stadiums are scoring big on energy savings and tackling waste at the same time.
September 8, 2017
A home in the island town of Vinalhaven, Maine reaps the benefits of solar energy.
Step by Step: How SunShot Influences the “Going Solar” Process
Should I make the leap to solar energy? Is my home suitable for solar? Does it make financial sense to go solar? Who should I go to for installation?
September 8, 2017
Brays Bayou next to the TECO CHP installation under normal conditions in October 2012.
CHP Installation Keeps Hospital Running During Hurricane Harvey
Our thoughts and concerns are with all the people affected by natural disasters like the recent hurricanes and storms.
September 6, 2017
The future of mobility in the transportation system
Technologies That Will Transform the Transportation System
The arrival of new technologies, such as connected and automated vehicles, have the potential to provide new, low-cost mobility options.
September 5, 2017
12 houses from Solar Decathlon 2017
12 Solar-Powered Houses You'll See at Solar Decathlon 2017
A sneak peek of all 12 solar-powered houses at the heart of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017.
August 31, 2017
Students walk with their building design in front of the NREL campus.
How New Building Scientists are Made
The Race to Zero Student Design Competition helps college students apply cutting-edge building design principles for the real-world.
August 30, 2017
Electric cars charging in a parking lot.
4 Tips for Traveling In … Your Electric Car
Taking your first road trip in a plug-in electric car? Don’t sweat it. Traveling can be a breeze with a little planning.
August 29, 2017
Discovery Elementary School in Virginia is a zero energy school
Back to (Zero Energy) School
Children around the nation are heading back to school, and some are going into buildings that have significant energy savings potential.
August 28, 2017
A net zero home that constructed in Utah
Inside Utah's First Net Zero Community
Utah's first community of net zero homes is packed with a host of innovative, energy-saving features.
August 28, 2017
Image of a zero energy-ready home certified by the U.S. Department of Energy
In the Market for a New Home? Buy a Zero Energy Ready Home
As more consumers learn about zero energy ready homes they begin to realize the major potential to reduce energy bills and increase home comfort.
August 24, 2017
idaho national lab bioenergy
EERE Success Story—Artificial Intelligence-Based Control System Improves Biomass Preprocessing
Researchers have successfully tested an intelligence-based control system that increased the reliability of feedstock preprocessing equipment.
August 24, 2017
John Deere hybrid electric tractor for heavy-duty construction
Can You Dig It? Heavy-Duty Hybrid Electric Vehicles Benefit from Lab’s Wide-Bandgap Expertise
John Deere Electronic Solutions partners with national lab to roll out hybrid electric vehicles that benefit from wide-bandgap technology.
August 24, 2017
Image of Hurricane Sandy hitting the coast of the United States
Here's How 4 States are Preparing for Hurricane Season
The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season is well under way and these 4 states are getting ready with support from the U.S. Department of Energy.
August 23, 2017
A collection of wind turbines in a field
New Lab Report: How to Cut the Cost of Wind Energy in Half
New breakthroughs could cut the cost of wind energy in half by 2030—making it fully competitive with the fuel cost of natural gas.
August 22, 2017
The U.S. Navy's MASK Basin in Carderock, MD
Navy and National Lab Team Up on Advanced Wave Energy Device
Sandia National Laboratories is working with the U.S. Navy to help improve the efficiency of wave energy devices.
August 17, 2017
Path of totality of the solar eclipse and the national labs
Throwing Shade: 3 Things to Know About the Solar Eclipse
Solar eclipse mania is sweeping across America and for good reason. Here are a few things to keep in mind as the big day approaches.
August 16, 2017
FedEx delivery truck using fuel cells
3 Emerging Fuel Cell Technologies
Fuel cells can be scaled to meet many different energy conversion or power needs. Here are three emerging technologies you should know about.
August 14, 2017
The moon blocks the sun and creates an eclipse
Total Eclipse of the Sun: How Will Changing Solar Power Output Impact the Grid?
While only lasting about two minutes in each location, the eclipse will dramatically decrease output of photovoltaic power plants across the U.S.