Former Media Relations Specialist, Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy
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Erik Hyrkas is originally from the Twin Cities and completed his undergraduate at Lakeland College of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He worked with the Energy Department's EERE Communications in Washington, D.C. from 2010 to 2018. Erik is also longtime freelance writer and technology fanatic who loves to play tennis, swim, and draft an occasional blog.
Iris PV and NREL Work to Modernize Rooftop Solar Production with Tandem Solar Panels
February 8, 2018
Iris Photovoltaics, Inc. is working to modernize how silicon solar panels are manufactured and increase efficiency to a range of 25-30%.
Five Fun Facts about NREL's New Solar Windows Innovation
January 4, 2018
A group of National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) scientists recently made a significant breakthrough in solar window efficiency.
Q&A with Bioenergy Researchers: Making Biocrude and Biofuel from Human Waste
December 6, 2017
This Q&A with bioenergy researchers from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory discusses creating biocrude from human waste.
New Solar Collector Tech Could Lower Costs for Concentrating Solar Power
September 18, 2017
For the first time ever, ganged heliostats could be a viable option for new concentrating solar power systems.
3 Emerging Student Technologies Solving Big Energy Problems
July 26, 2017
Student innovators across the country are pitching their ideas to industry leaders to solve some of energy's biggest challenges.
Carbon Capture for Beer?
June 13, 2017
A national lab technology that improves power plant carbon capture could also save money and energy for micobreweries.
Meet Susan Hamm: 5 Questions with the New Geothermal Technologies Director
January 27, 2017
Dr. Susan Hamm brings with her an impressive portfolio that includes operations, budget and management, and a background in the geological sciences...
Meet Michael Berube: New Vehicle Technologies Director Has a Passion for Transportation
December 1, 2016
Michael Berube, the new director of the Energy Department’s Vehicle Technologies Office, sat down recently to discuss his entry into vehicles,...Learn More
Project Led by a Small Business Keeps Fish Out of Harm’s Way
October 26, 2016
The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory has worked with Whooshh Innovations on an inventive project demonstrating a fish-friendly transport...Learn More