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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.
August 14, 2017
A commercial building that is lit up with LED lighting.
INFOGRAPHIC: 5 Benefits of LED Lighting Research
A strong focus on LED lighting research will benefit America in these five compelling ways.
August 11, 2017
wind week nrel north carolina
EERE Success Story—North Carolina Legislators Tour Amazon Wind Farm
Earlier this year, the Southeastern Wind Coalition (SEWC) organized and led North Carolina state legislators on two tours of the Amazon Wind Farm.
August 9, 2017
Offshore wind turbine BARD 5.0 installed on a transitional substructure from BARD Engineering GmbH at the offshore wind farm BARD OFFSHORE 1 in the German Bight.
4 Emerging Trends in U.S. Offshore Wind Technologies
More than 20 U.S. offshore wind projects are underway as four significant trends emerge in this growing energy market.
August 9, 2017
nrel wind utah american
EERE Success Story—Resource Centers Support Wind Energy Opportunities for Rural Utah
Utah will be publishing the first locally written resource management plans defining county priorities for the development and use of federal lands.
August 9, 2017
Solar vaccine refrigeration that are easier to transport and also make ice.
4 Unusual Uses of Solar Power
As costs drop and energy production rises, solar technologies will be put to more work. Here are 4 unusual uses for solar power today.
August 8, 2017
Distributed wind turbine overlooking a home at sunrise.
5 Things You Should Know About Wind Energy
From utility-scale wind farms to the nation’s first offshore wind project, the U.S. wind industry continued to grow in 2016.
August 7, 2017
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EERE Success Story—New 60-Megawatt Colorado Wind Farm Helps Local Utility Reach State Goals
New 60-megawatt Colorado wind farm helps local utility reach state goals.
August 7, 2017
wind turbine blades at sunset
Installed Capacity vs. Energy Generation: What's the Difference?
Capacity is the maximum output of electricity that a generator can produce. Generation is the amount of electricity that is produced over a set time.
August 3, 2017
Home air conditioning unit photo on top of a roof
5 New Air Conditioning Technologies to Keep You Cool
The U.S. Department of Energy is working on exciting new air conditioning technologies to greatly reduce energy use.
August 2, 2017
A picture of a house with solar panels and a woman holding a solar panel
4 Fast Facts about Solar Prosumers
Four fast facts that every solar prosumer should know.
August 1, 2017
ground source heat pump
5 Things You Should Know about Geothermal Heat Pumps
Geothermal heat pumps can heat, cool, and even supply hot water to a home by transferring heat to or from the ground.
July 26, 2017
Composite Manufacturing Technology
3 Emerging Student Technologies Solving Big Energy Problems
Student innovators across the country are pitching their ideas to industry leaders to solve some of energy's biggest challenges.
July 25, 2017
A look at a battery storage system inside a box.
Making Progress on Solar Energy Storage
The Energy Department is working toward maximizing the use of solar energy to produce electricity—even when the sun isn’t shining.