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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
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...
February 23, 2017
An automated drone inspects a wind turbine blade for damage. Photo|SkySpecs
Self-Flying Drones and Wind Turbine Blades: The New Way of Collecting Data
Advancements in drone technology are turning wind turbine blade inspections into a safer and quicker process. SkySpecs has developed an automated d...
February 22, 2017
Incubators and Accelerators: What Every Cleantech Startup Should Know

Incubatenergy is the first nationwide network connecting incubators and accelerators to each other across the country. By bringing these groups...

February 21, 2017
Hydrogen: A Clean, Flexible Energy Carrier
Hydrogen is the simplest and most abundant element on earth—it consists of only one proton and one electron. Hydrogen can store and deliver usabl...
February 16, 2017
Forbes 30 under 30 in Energy winners offer their advice to help energy inventors take their innovations to the next level.
Words of Wisdom from 6 Forbes 30 Under 30 in Energy Winners
Forbes 30 under 30 in Energy winners offer their advice to help energy inventors take their innovations to the next level. The Energy Department's ...
February 15, 2017
Graphic|Sarah Harman
Remembering Art Rosenfeld - A Pioneer in Energy Efficiency

The world has lost a pioneer in energy efficiency – and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has lost a beloved colleague. Dr. Art Rosenfeld passed...

February 13, 2017
Why Employers Are Hiring Industrial Assessment Center Graduates
The Energy Department's Industrial Assessment Center program is becoming a hotbed of talent for future employers thanks to the hands-on training it...
February 8, 2017
Pictured above is a 2 megawatt solar array on the roof of the Oregon Convention Center. Photo|Jeremy Jeziorski
5 Ways Cities Can Benefit from SunShot’s Latest Solar Prize Challenge
The solar industry is growing fast. Despite this rapid growth, solar energy remains inaccessible to nearly half of American households and business...
February 7, 2017
Alejandro Moreno returns to the Energy Department to lead the Water Power Technologies Office.
Water Power: The Future Vision Under New Director Alejandro Moreno

Alejandro Moreno recently joined the Water Power Technologies Office as director and will lead the hydropower and marine and hydrokinetic...

February 6, 2017
a photo take high up above a field.
Meet the Plant that is Bridging Renewable Energy, Rural Development, and Environmental Benefits
A project funded by the Energy Department’s Bioenergy Technologies Office is working to show how perennial plants grown for bioenergy could be integra
February 2, 2017
Solar photovoltaic power plant in rural Indonesia. EERE’s project on Sustainable Energy for Remote Indonesian Grids (SERIG) conducted feasibility studies for generating electricity from renewable resources – including solar, wind, and biogas emitted from the process waste of mills that produce palm oil – to displace electricity generation from high-cost, imported diesel fuel in remote Indonesian communities. | Photo by Rob Sandoli
Accelerating the Market for Renewable Energy in Indonesia

Indonesia' remote regions and islands are largely dependent on electricity generated from subsidized, high-cost diesel fuel that is often imported...

February 1, 2017
National Renewable Energy Laboratory engineer Greg Martin (from left) works with Solectria engineers Jonathon Smith and Jihua Ma testing Solectria's smart inverter at the Energy Systems Integration Facility in Golden, Colorado. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
EERE Success Story—SunShot-funded Advanced Inverter Testing Enables 2,500 Solar Energy Systems to Connect to Hawaii’s Electric Grid
Thanks to a SunShot collaboration at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in December 2015 Hawaiian Electric anno...
February 1, 2017
The ENERGISE funding program will help improve the way utilities are able to plan and operate the distribution grid with high levels of solar. | Photo courtesy: Western Area Power
Talk to the Panel: Communication and Analytics Help Utilities Scale Up Solar Installations

This may come as a surprise to most people: utilities don’t have real-time information about their customers’ electricity usage. When someone adds...

January 27, 2017
Dr. Susan Hamm (second from right) with Geothermal Technologies Office colleagues Sean Porse (far left) and Zach Frone (far right), and Stephen Henry, of the National Energy Technology Laboratory, at the Geothermal Resources Council in October. | Photo courtesy of Geothermal Resources Council
Meet Susan Hamm: 5 Questions with the New Geothermal Technologies Director
Dr. Susan Hamm brings with her an impressive portfolio that includes operations, budget and management, and a background in the geological sciences...
January 26, 2017
Alcatraz Island is home to one of the nation's largest microgrids. Photo | National Park Service
Welcome to Alcatraz: One of the Largest Microgrids in the United States
Alcatraz Island, located in the middle of the San Francisco Bay, is home to one of the nation's largest microgrids. The island is equipped with a s...
January 17, 2017
Westby, Wisconsin, is home to Clean Energy Collective's 305-kilowatt Vernon Electric Community Solar Farm. | Photo Courtesy: Clean Energy Collective
Removing Rooftop Roadblocks: Solar Accessibility Soars Under SunShot

You can now go solar even if you don't have a suitable roof. Community solar programs — which allow multiple people to invest in solar together and...

January 13, 2017
Public Plug-in Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Guiding Principles

Investment from both the public and private sectors has established a strong foundation for plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) charging and that...

January 13, 2017
A new Energy Department report examines trade and economic benchmarks for 12 key economies in four clean energy technologies: wind turbine components, solar photovoltaic modules, lithium-ion battery cells for electric vehicles, and light-emitting diode (LED) packages for energy-efficient lighting technologies.
Benchmarking the Growth of Global Clean Energy Manufacturing

Manufacturing has a significant economic multiplier, spurring jobs and investments elsewhere in the economy, and the United States is among the...

January 13, 2017
A new report from the Energy Department examines how future changes in transportation and mobility will impact energy consumption in the U.S. | Photo by Dennis Schroeder/NREL
Examining the Future of Mobility and Its Energy Impacts

Americans today have more options and access to different travel options than ever before. As technology breakthroughs continue — such as fully...

January 12, 2017
A new report by the Energy Department's Workplace Charging Challenge found that employers participating in the Challenge find more than 90% employee satisfaction with their workplace charging programs.
Creating a Sustainable Commute with Electric Vehicles and Workplace Charging

In 2016, despite another year of unusually low gasoline prices averaging $2.24 per gallon, there are now more than half a million plug-in electric...

January 10, 2017
EERE Success Story—Empire State Strikes Back: Solar Will Help New York City Rebound After National Disasters
With the help of the SunShot Initiative, Sustainable CUNY began work on the Smart Distributed Generation (DG) Hub-Resilient Solar Project, a roadma...
January 10, 2017
5 Questions with David Friedman: From FutureCar to the Future of Clean Energy
During his time in college 20 years ago, David Friedman joined the FutureCar Challenge team to broaden his perspective of hybrid and battery-electr...
January 9, 2017
A Baker Hughes geothermal drilling operation in progress.
New Drilling Technology Could Drive Advances in America’s Geothermal Energy Industry

Our Geothermal Technologies Office continues to push the envelope of what's possible in conventional drilling operations. The latest success is a...