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May 31, 2017
East Meets West? Lab Study Focuses on Connecting Power Grid from Coast to Coast

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Interconnections Seam Study focuses on expanding grid flexibility by increasing the number of points...

May 30, 2017
Greening-Up a High Performance Sports Car

The EcoCAR 3 Year 3 competition recently wrapped up with 16 student teams bringing the vehicles they’ve built over the past 3 years to Washington,...

May 24, 2017
Science on a Sphere? This is the New Way of Looking at Data

Researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration developed Science on a Sphere to help explain Earth system science to people of...

May 22, 2017
Q&A: This is Why Energy Savings Performance Contracts are a "Big Deal"

Energy savings performance contracts are a big deal because they help federal agencies implement energy savings projects at no up-front cost.

May 19, 2017
Photo showing the base of the 984-foot (300-meter) meteorological tower and several of the atmospheric instruments used during the XPIA field experiment. Photo by Andy Clifton/National Renewable Energy Laboratory
EERE Success Story—Unique Experiment Provides Data to Strengthen Future Wind Plant Research
A one-of-a-kind experiment combined multiple measurement devices and methods to simultaneously measure atmospheric conditions in one location. One ...
May 18, 2017
5 Concentrating Solar Power Technologies Impacting Industry

These five concentrating solar power technologies could have a big impact on industry in the next 10 years.

May 17, 2017
3 Technologies that Will Make Your Home Smarter

How smart is your home? Check out these three innovative products that have hit the market in the last 5 years and are changing the way we live...

May 15, 2017
Hail No! National Lab's Solar Panels Survive Severe Storm

A severe hailstorm pelted the Denver area on May 8, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. But, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's...

May 11, 2017
Consumer vs Prosumer: What's the Difference?

A new buzzword is signaling a growing shift in how we power our homes and communities. Prosumers produce and consume energy – a shift made...

May 10, 2017
4 Technologies Driving Energy Efficiency Jobs

More than 133,000 energy efficiency jobs were added in 2016, bringing the total number of Americans working in the sector to 2.2 million people....

May 9, 2017
a photo of MIRA the supercomputer.
3 Ways Supercomputers are Impacting your Life Today
Supercomputers at the U.S. Department of Energy's national laboratories are changing the way leading scientists are forecasting the weather, studying
May 8, 2017
SimpleFuel's home-scale refueling appliance can provide a 1-kilogram fill—enough fuel to travel approximately 60-70 miles—to vehicles in 15 minutes or less at the required pressure to fully fill hydrogen storage tanks onboard the FCEV (700 bar) using hydrogen produced via electrolysis, a method of producing hydrogen from electricity. Photo Courtesy | SimpleFuel
EERE Success Story—SimpleFuel Grabbing the Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Industry’s Attention by Storm
Fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) are some of the most advanced automobiles available. They allow for a similar driving experience to traditional...
May 8, 2017
5 Common Geothermal Energy Myths Debunked

5 common myths about geothermal energy answered in less than 400 words.

May 5, 2017
The Algae Technology Education Consortium (ATEC) is developing opportunities for education and training for next-generation jobs in the bioeconomy. | Photo courtesy of ATEC
EERE Success Story—New Algae Degree Program Passes Its First Semester
The Algae Technology Education Consortium (ATEC), a collaboration among the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the Algae Foundation, universitie...
May 4, 2017
Graphic by Sarah Harman
2 Technologies that Would Have Offered Hope for the Death Star

If only the Empire in Star Wars had known about U.S. Department of Energy resources, the Alliance might never have made that lucky shot. Their...

May 3, 2017
Testing at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory enables larger amounts of renewable energy on the nation’s electric grid.
EERE Success Story—Solar Software Platform Fast-Tracks Grid Connections
GridUnity—formerly Qado Energy— set out to completely change the interconnection process with a cloud-connected tool that determines a solar pr...
May 3, 2017
2 American Racing Legends: Bob Bondurant and the Shelby Cobra Reunited

Racing legend Bob Bondurant recently toured the U.S. Department of Energy and reunited with an old friend - the Shelby Cobra.

May 1, 2017
Graphic by Sarah Harman
4 Reasons Why Hydropower is the Guardian of the Grid

Four reasons why hydropower plays a major role in maintaining the reliability and resiliency of the U.S. power grid.

May 1, 2017
After 12 years in the NFL Will Allen is shifting his focus to energy. Photo | Will Allen
Former NFL Player Will Allen Scores in Energy Arena

After 12 years in the NFL, Will Allen is now focused on business ventures related to energy services, energy technology and engineering consulting.

April 27, 2017
Depicted here is an electric furnace at Kowalski Heat Treating of Cleveland, Ohio. The industrial firm underwent an energy efficiency retrofit through Ohio’s Energy Efficiency Program for Manufacturers.
EERE Success Story—Industrial Efficiency Protects Manufacturing Jobs
The Energy Department is facilitating the manufacturing sector’s move toward energy efficiency in the Rust Belt and beyond.
April 26, 2017
Solar Jobs: State of the States

A breakdown of the data released by The Solar Foundation shows where solar jobs are located and which parts of the value chain are seeing the most...

April 25, 2017
Group photo of Collegiate Wind Competition 17 teams and organizers at the National Wind Technology Center.  Photo Courtesy | Lee J. Fingersh, NREL
EERE Success Story—Penn State Earns Top Honors at the Collegiate Wind Competition 2017 Technical Challenge on Earth Day
Last week at the National Wind Technology Center (NWTC) near Boulder, Colorado, teams from 10 of the 12 universities that participated in the U.S D...
April 25, 2017
Photo | NREL
5 Things You Should Know About Wind

The five things you should know about wind power and it's impact in the United States.

April 24, 2017
5 of the Fastest Growing Jobs in Clean Energy

More than 6 million Americans work in the energy sector and a huge percentage of the new jobs are in renewable energy and efficiency. Here's 5 of...

April 20, 2017
A Tale of Two Cities: Atlanta and Boston SWAP Energy Efficiency Expertise

Binge watch the Better Buildings Challenge SWAP 3! It features Boston and Atlanta - two different cities that come together to trade ideas, jabs...