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DOE SCIENCE NEWS BY TOPIC: Energy Sciences
DOE research touches virtually every aspect of energy resources, production, conversion, efficiency, and waste mitigation. A central goal is to find ways to minimize the use of fossil fuels and maximize the use and efficiency of renewable energy sources such as water; the sun; wind; ocean waves, tides, and thermal energy; the earth’s heat; and biomass resources for biofuels (www.eere.energy.gov). DOE also seeks to generate, transmit, and use electricity and other energy sources much more efficiently and with higher capacity; explore the use of hydrogen in fuel and energy applications; develop clean coal technologies; optimize nuclear energy plants, and harness fusion as a completely new, economically and environmentally attractive energy source. (http://science.energy.gov/fes/ )

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Carbon number crunching

Carbon number crunching

A booming economy and population led China to emerge in 2006 as the global leader in fossil-fuel carbon emissions, a distinction it still maintains. But exactly how much carbon China releases has been a topic of debate, with recent estimates varying by as much as 15 percent.

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Microscopic rake doubles efficiency of low-cost solar cells

Researchers from the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have developed a manufacturing technique that could double the electricity output of inexpensive solar cells by using a microscopic rake when applying light-harvesting polymers.

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Microscopic rake doubles efficiency of low-cost solar cells

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Lab News Releases
31-Aug-2015
Gaming computers offer huge, untapped energy savings potential
DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

31-Aug-2015
Nothing but water: Hydrogen fuel cell unit to provide renewable power to Honolulu port
DOE/Sandia National Laboratories

28-Aug-2015
Artificial leaf harnesses sunlight for efficient fuel production
California Institute of Technology

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