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Top 10 Videos of the Year: The "Energy" Academy Awards

February 23, 2017

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This Sunday, millions of Americans will look back on 2016’s outstanding achievements in movie making. This is also the perfect time to reflect on a few of our favorite videos from the past year, highlighting major advancements in clean energy technologies.

You don’t even need to walk a red carpet to see all the winners – just scroll down, grab a bucket of popcorn and enjoy!

Best Action Movie – EV Ridealong with Racecar Driver Leilani Münter

Hit the road with NASCAR superstar Leilani Münter as she shows off the benefits of going electric on the streets of Washington, D.C.   

Race car driver Leilani Münter stands with her arms crossed in front of a parked electric vehicle during daylight hours.
NASCAR superstar Leilani Münter stands outside of an electric vehicle in Washington, D.C.
U.S. Department of Energy

Best Premiere – America's First Offshore Wind Farm

One of the most hotly anticipated features in years made a splashy debut in 2016 – the Block Island Wind Farm, off the coast of Rhode Island. With five turbines producing 30 megawatts of clean energy, we look forward to seeing many sequels in the future!

A photo of an offshore wind turbine with the words "America's First Offshore Wind Farm" at the bottom of the photo.
U.S. Department of Energy

Best Documentary – Blades of Glory: The 2016 Collegiate Wind Competition

This mini-doc follows three collegiate teams participating in the Energy Department’s Collegiate Wind Competition in New Orleans. You’ll learn about their experiences and how the competition impacts our country’s clean energy future. 

Phto of a line of wind turbines at sunset.
U.S. Department of Energy

Best Sports Flick – Sustainability Grand Slam

Pick up some savings tips for conserving energy around the office – with the help of a few familiar faces from the Washington Nationals.  

PHoto of the Washington Nationals baseball team mascots
U.S. Department of Energy

Best Stunt Work – The Salmon Cannon

Take an up-close look at the Whooshh Fish Transport System – aka the “Salmon Cannon” - which gives fish a much-needed boost over local dams. (And yes, the salmon performed their own stunts.)   

 A fisherman holds a salmon in his arms.
U.S. Department of Energy

Best Real-Life Special Effect – The World's Largest 3D Printed Object

It’s an incredible sight to behold – and it’s no computer illusion. The Guinness Book of World Records certified that Oak Ridge National Laboratory has produced the world’s largest solid 3D-printed object – a tool that Boeing plans to use to build the wings on its 777X aircraft.

Photo of a 3 D printed object
U.S. Department of Energy

Best Educational Film – Understanding the Grid

We hear a lot about the electric grid. But how exactly does it work? This video takes you on a deep dive to understand the nuts and bolts of our power system and what the Energy Department is doing to modernize our electricity infrastructure.

Green graphic with the words: presents Understanding the Grid"
U.S. Department of Energy

Best Animation – How to Turn Big Energy Ideas into Reality

Not sure how to take your groundbreaking energy idea to the next level? This whiteboard video helps demonstrate how the Energy Department’s incubator and accelerator network can help you bring energy innovations to life.

U.S. Department of Energy
How to Turn Big Ideas into Reality

Best Supporting Role – One Light Switch at a Time

Meet Tien Nguyen – an unsung hero who recently retired from the Energy Department after three decades of public service. Not only did Tien contribute to a range of high-profile reports during his career as an analyst, he personally helped save taxpayers more than $200,000 in energy costs by turning off the lights each night.

Photo of Tien Nguyen  turning off a light switch.
U.S. Department of Energy

Best Picture – Tour a (Wind) Turbine

Round is a shape! Strap on a virtual GoPro and take an exclusive trip 270 feet up to the peak of a wind turbine at the National Wind Technology Center in Golden, Colorado. 

U.S. Department of Energy
Photo of a wind turbine with the words "Tour a Turbine" on the bottom of the graphic