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April 4, 2017
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3 Emerging National Lab Technologies in Building Energy Efficiency
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's national laboratories are getting three more energy efficiency technologies ready for market evaluat...
April 3, 2017
A recent report funded by the U.S. Department of Energy takes a closer look at how sport venues are finding opportunities to deploy energy saving strategies.
Play Ball! American Baseball Stadiums Round the Bases on Energy Efficiency

Taking the Field, a recent report funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, takes a closer look at how sport venues are finding opportunities to...

March 30, 2017
The Cori supercomputer has roughly 750,000 more disk capacity than the average desktop computer. Photo | Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Cori: The Story Behind the Scientist and Supercomputer

The Cori supercomputer at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is the fifth most powerful supercomputer in the world and it’s aptly named after a...

March 28, 2017
Graphic by Sarah Harman
The Road to the Final Four Preview: A Fuel Cost Comparison to Get to Glendale

Thinking about hitting the Road to the Final Four? If so, we calculated fuel expenses for fans driving from their respective colleges to the...

March 27, 2017
Cooling towers emit water vapor at the Hudson Ranch geothermal plant in California's Imperial Valley.  Hudson Ranch powers nearly 50,000 homes and businesses.  Image|EnergySource.
How California Can Expand U.S. Geothermal Energy Production

California produces more geothermal power than any other state, and alone accounts for more than 20% of total geothermal energy production...

March 24, 2017
Graphic | National Renewable Energy Laboratory
New Platform Helps Maximize Energy Resources

In what was originally designed to help the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, DC pursue its goal of net zero energy consumption, the...

March 23, 2017
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Q&A: Breaking Down Barriers in Clean Energy Communications

From magazines to television to social media, EERE Communications Director Karla Olsen has watched the industry shift to the digital age, and to a...

March 21, 2017
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5 Secrets to Giving Your Best Cleantech Business Plan Pitch Revealed

Selling your cleantech business plan to investors and industry can be a daunting task, but it doesn't have to be. Here's our top 5 secrets to...

March 21, 2017
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Gearing up the Grid for Greater Solar Deployment

SunShot's Grid Engineering for Accelerated Renewable Energy Deployment (GEARED) program educates thousands of grid engineers and university...

March 16, 2017
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Women's History Month: Breaking Down Fuel Cells Barriers

Adria Wilson helps break down barriers associated with fuel cells, such as technology cost and durability. For her, science is an art and...

March 15, 2017
Energy efficiency upgrades in McKinley County, New Mexico made possible by energy savings performance contracts.
EERE Success Story—The Power of Energy Savings Performance Contracts
New Mexico’s McKinley County, like many counties across the nation, is growing, and growth is often a stress on government budgets. In 2015, the ...
March 15, 2017
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Manufacturing Madness: Competitive on and off the Court

Innovative approaches can take a team a long way in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. The same is true for innovation in manufacturing and...

March 14, 2017
Milestones on the Road to the Wind Vision

The Department of Energy’s Wind Vision report assesses the potential economic and social benefits of a study scenario where U.S. wind power...

March 14, 2017
The CoServ Solar Station in Krugerville, Texas. Photo: KEN OLTMANN/CoServ
EERE Success Story—Electric Cooperatives Channel Solar Resources to Rural American Communities
Some of the most remote areas in the United States were among the last locations to access electricity, with as many as nine out of 10 rural homes ...
March 14, 2017
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3 Cool Ways to Finance Community Solar Projects

Decided to go solar? Here's how to pay for it. The SunShot Initiative highlights three ways teams are financing community solar projects.

March 9, 2017
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5 Common Fuel Cell Myths

Fuel cell electric cars are some of the most advanced vehicles on the road today – and they’re here in the United States. Toyota, Hyundai, and...

March 7, 2017
Maria Vargas is the director of the Better Buildings Initiative which improves the lives of the American people by driving leadership in energy innovation.
Q&A: Efficiency Expert Talks Women in the Energy Workforce

As a leading woman in energy efficiency, Maria Vargas has seen many changes in the energy efficiency arena and believes saving money on energy...

March 7, 2017
Mango Materials' new process is being tested at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's Advanced Biofuels Process Demonstration Unit. Photo|Berkeley Lab
New Process Being Tested for Biodegradable Plastics

What if plastic came from renewable resources? Mango Materials has developed a new way of producing plastics that make it biodegradable and...

March 6, 2017
IKEA's wind farm in Cameron, Texas is just one example of companies buying into wind power. Photo|IKEA
Why Corporations are Buying into U.S. Wind Power

There is a broad shift to wind power and clean, affordable energy across corporate America in recent years. Big companies like General Motors,...

March 2, 2017
Energy efficiency upgrades in McKinley County, New Mexico made possible by energy savings performance contracts.
The Power of Energy Savings Peformance Contracts

McKinley County, New Mexico cut energy costs by joining a pilot program, LEEP (Local Energy Efficiency Performance), launched by the state with...

March 2, 2017
The DOE SunShot loop is designed to demonstrate highly efficient turbine expander and recuperator performance for advanced supercritical carbon dioxide concentrating solar power cycles. Photo courtesy of Southwest Research Institute.
EERE Success Story—Supercharging Concentrating Solar Power Plant Performance
Supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) power cycles have the potential to reduce the cost of concentrating solar power (CSP) by substantially improvin...
March 1, 2017
On Display: Smithsonian Shares the History of Solar

The addition of a record-setting 14.6 gigawatts (GW) of solar energy onto the grid made 2016 a historic year for solar, with a total of more than...

February 28, 2017
Pictured from Left to Right (Nick Litombe, Sonia Kassambara, Othalene Lawrence).
Why Diversity Matters in Science
New ideas come from a diverse way of seeing things. Whether it’s getting more students involved in Science, Technology, Education, and Mathematic...
February 24, 2017
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Engineer Expert: Why Microelectronics is Important to the Electric Grid

Energy Department Chief Engineer Dev Shenoy discusses the role microelectronics plays in today's advanced manufacturing industry and its place in...

February 23, 2017
Top 10 Videos of the Year: The "Energy" Academy Awards
LED Lights, Camera, Action! This Sunday, millions of Americans will look back on 2016’s outstanding achievements in movie making. This is also t...