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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
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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
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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.
July 24, 2017
Stay Cool and Save Money All Summer Long
Tips to beat the heat and save money all summer.
July 24, 2017
EERE Success Story—New 3D Printing Aerospace Grade Carbon Fiber Method is Ahead of the Curve
A new 3D printing process is allowing researchers to write using carbon fiber-containing inks.
July 21, 2017
Snapping the Sun: 5 Tips for Capturing Compelling Solar Power Photos
Snapping the Sun: 5 Tips for Capturing Compelling Solar Power Photos
Learn how you can take the best photos for the “Hit Me with Your SunShot” contest!
July 20, 2017
Photo of a 3D-printed submarine hull.
Navy 3D Prints First Submersible
Through a partnership with the Navy’s Disruptive Technology Lab, Oak Ridge National Laboratory created the military’s first 3D-printed submersible.
July 19, 2017
Map showing alternative fueling stations across the United States.
8 Online Tools to Help Save You Energy and Money
When it comes to improving energy efficiency, there are a lot of questions homeowners should ask first. Be sure that you are getting the biggest bang
July 17, 2017
Hawaii's McKinley Statue
3 Ways Hawaii is Becoming More Energy Efficient
Hawaii is making significant progress on energy efficiency. By 2030, the Aloha State wants to decrease its electricity consumption statewide by 30%.
July 13, 2017
A photo of 16 efficiency sensors
New Sensor Suitcase Slashes Power Bills for Commercial Buildings
This Sensor Suitcase is an easy-to-use, portable energy auditing system that can save small building owners up to 10% on their energy bills.
July 11, 2017
An aerial view of a solar neighborhood.
Peeling Back the Red Tape to Go Solar
Interconnection times vary widely across the U.S. and can take several months to complete. These SunShot awardees are simplifying the solar process.
July 7, 2017
Image of a student working at Solar Decathlon
Energy Jobs Inspired by the Solar Decathlon
The Energy Department is unveiling a new infographic that explores the range of jobs connected to the 10 contests that form the Solar Decathlon.
July 5, 2017
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
7 Things You Didn't Know about NREL
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is celebrating 40 years of innovation. Here are 7 surprising projects that came from the lab.
July 3, 2017
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Catch Waves with an Algae-Based Surfboard
As you head to the beach this year, you may find some new products at the surf shop, made of bioplastics from algae.