27-Dec-2007 DOE to invest more than $5M for concentrating solar power
US Department of Energy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Alexander Karsner today announced DOE will invest $5.2 million in funding to support the development of low-cost Concentrating Solar Power.
16-Oct-2007 Energy savings deeply rooted at Jefferson Lab
When it comes to energy savings, Jefferson Lab has given a new meaning to dirt cheap. The lab uses a geothermal well system to control heating and cooling on two floors of one wing of its main administrative building. The wing, known as the F Wing, is a three-story, 61,000-square-foot addition that was constructed in 2005.
15-Jun-2007 Cytochrome studies provide biofuel cell potential
Researchers from Pacific Northwest
National Laboratory and collaborators have
purified the protein called outer membrane
cytochrome A (OmcA) from Shewanella
oneidensis, a bacterium with promise for
bioremediation of contaminants and the
design of microbial fuel cells. They have
measured its ability to bind and transfer
electrons to mineral hematite, a solid ferric
oxide. The team has shown that purified
OmcA can directly reduce solid metals
and that purified proteins are a next step
in biofuel cell development.
5-Apr-2007 Science and Technology Facility is first LEED Platinum Federal Building
A research facility at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory has been designated as one of the most energy efficient and environmentally friendly places to work in the United States by the U.S. Green Buildings Council under its Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building program.
22-Mar-2007 Sailing for science
When most people think of an ocean
cruise, they think of buffets and relaxing
in deck chairs. For Pacific Northwest
National Laboratory researcher Philip
Long, an expedition cruise aboard the
Joint Oceanography Institutes Deep
Earth Sampling (JOIDES) Resolution
research vessel meant 12-hour workdays
examining ocean floor core samples for
22-Mar-2007 Carbon capture made easy
Gasification plants may be one
of the keys to a hydrogen economy,
if capture and sequestration of carbon
dioxide (CO2) becomes technically
and economically feasible. These plants
would transform fossil fuel feedstock,
including coal, biomass and municipal
wastes, into clean-burning hydrogen
gas where the only byproduct is water.
19-Jan-2007 United States-Japan cooperation on energy security
The United States and Japan enjoy strong energy cooperation through the International Energy Agency (IEA), the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Energy Working Group, the Asia-Pacific Partnership on Clean Development and Climate (APP), and the International Energy Forum.
1-Dec-2006 Nuclear energy and the 21st century
The world is entering a period of renewed interest and
growth in nuclear energy, driven by rising oil prices, growing
demand for electricity, new passively safe plant designs, and
low emissions of greenhouse gases, which some governments
need to meet Kyoto Protocol standards. The Kyoto Protocol
assigns mandatory targets for reducing greenhouse gas
emissions to signatory nations.
29-Nov-2006 Moving grid operations from minutes to seconds
In the last century, the electric power grid has grown from a
system that served one square mile in New York into a highlycomplex
interconnected system that serves all of North America.
Initially, individual local systems would connect to each
other to share resources and increase reliability.
29-Nov-2006 Coal: An energy bridge to the future
For years, coal drove the transportation business in this country, and it may be poised for a comeback. A hundred years ago, steam engines burned tons of coal as they
pulled trains across the country. Now researchers are looking at converting that coal to liquid fuel to fill our gas tanks and move cars and trucks.
20-Nov-2006 Fuel cell prototypes exceed expectations
Fuel prices continue to rise. However, one solution -- fuel cells -- is gaining on that problem. The Solid State Energy Conversion Alliance (SECA) has achieved the first of a threepart goal: developing solid oxide fuel cell systems that reduce fuel cell production costs by a factor of ten.
9-Nov-2006 US wind power industry tempers its 2006 forecast slightly
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) announced on October 24th that the U.S. wind energy industry remains on track to set a record for wind power installations this year, with U.S. wind generating capacity increasing by 2,750 megawatts (MW).
23-Oct-2006 DOE/EPA release top fuel economy lists for 2007 models
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released the 2007 Fuel Economy Guide to help consumers make well-informed choices when purchasing new vehicles.
29-Jun-2006 Lightweight materials pave the road for energy-efficient vehicles
In efforts to shorten the long road to fuel efficiency, researchers at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are working to develop cost-effective, high-strength, lightweight materials that will reduce vehicle weight without compromising cost, performance or safety.
27-Jun-2006 "Smart" energy devices + real-time pricing = increased options for consumers
About 200 volunteers in the Pacific Northwest are testing equipment that is expected to make the power grid more reliable while offsetting huge investments in new transmission and distribution equipment.
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory recently launched the Pacific Northwest GridWiseTM Testbed Demonstration, a regional initiative to test and speed adoption of new smart grid technologies that can make the power grid more resilient and efficient.
27-Jun-2006 WSU and PNNL break ground on new facility
Washington State University and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory broke ground April 13, 2006, on the Bioproducts, Sciences, and Engineering Laboratory. The BSEL is a $24-million joint effort between WSU and PNNL. Located on the WSU Tri-Cities campus, researchers will use the laboratory to develop processes for converting low-value agricultural byproducts and residues into value-added chemicals for products like plastics, solvents, fibers, pharmaceuticals and fuel additives.
The Department of Energy's Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time.