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6-Oct-2009
Conference tackles interstate transmission
The US electricity grid is strained to its limit, and the nation's windiest and sunniest places are rarely near cities that generate high demand. Finding ways to string new power lines across several states is a challenge for even the most creative regulators and energy analysts determined to increase America's use of renewable energy.

Contact: Joe Verrengia
303-275-3891
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

16-Sep-2009
Both directions at once
The challenge of controlling climate change is a goal that, to many, appears to be at odds with the equally important goal of energy security. However, the idea that the two goals are somehow mutually exclusive is not one accepted by ORNL energy researcher David Greene. "We don't want to sacrifice one for the other," he says. "We want -- and we believe it possible -- to achieve environmental goals and energy security goals at the same time.

Contact: ORNL Review
865-241-0709
DOE/Oak Ridge National Laboratory

28-Aug-2009
Fuel cells transform cars
Lab scientists are refining fuel cell technologies to create amazingly energy-efficient and eco-friendly vehicles.

Contact: Communications Office
505-667-7000
DOE/Los Alamos National Laboratory

3-Aug-2009
Award-winning reflector to cut solar cost
In a breakthrough development that recently netted a coveted R&D Magazine top 100 award, a small solar company has teamed with scientists at NREL to develop massive curved sheets of metal that have the potential to be 30 percent less expensive than today's best collectors of concentrated solar power.

Contact: Heather Lammers
303-275-4084
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

13-May-2009
A wealth of liquid fuel right under our feet
INL has partnered with Baard Energy to design one of the nation's first coal-to-liquids plants, a project that could help power the US transportation system without relying on foreign oil.

Contact: Nicole Stricker
208-526-5955
DOE/Idaho National Laboratory

22-Apr-2009
NREL gearbox study aims to grease wind power's future
Wind turbines are designed to last 20 years. But gearboxes and other key components are wearing out sooner. Engineers at NREL's National Wind Technology Center are working with industry to discover why and retool the design process to improve reliability, reduce the cost and help the nation reach its clean energy potential.

Contact: Joseph B. Verrengia
303-275-4090
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

17-Mar-2009
Controlling heat key to hybrid performance
Advanced hybrid-electric vehicles are poised to transform the auto market. But excess heat can sap hybrids' advantages. Researchers in NREL's Advanced Electronics Laboratory are exploring every layer of hybrid technology to reduce heat and dramatically improve performance and efficiency while reducing costs.

Contact: Joe Verrengia
303-275-3891
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

24-Feb-2009
How 10 trillion bits per square inch assemble themselves perfectly
Two chemically different polymers linked together to form self-assembling block copolymers can have the potential to vastly improve the properties and manufacturing processes of nanostructured materials. Using crystal structures as a template, researchers at Berkeley Lab and the University of Massachusetts Amherst have created perfect arrays of nanoscopic block-copolymer domains, packing 10 trillion bits to the square inch and extending over several square centimeters.

Contact: Paul Preuss
paul_preuss@lbl.gov
510-486-6249
DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

5-Feb-2009
The secrets of Darwin's dinobird
For centuries, the field of archaeology has depended on what's visible to the naked eye. Now, researchers are revealing what lies beneath the surface of a key evolutionary fossil, Darwin's "dinobird."

Contact: SLAC Office of Communications
650-926-8703
DOE/SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

25-Jul-2008
Argonne, UChicago researchers pursue grasses as Earth-friendly biofuel
At a small site on the Batavia campus of Fermilab, ecologist Julie Jastrow of Argonne National Laboratory pushes the scientific frontier in a new and exciting way: she watches the grass grow.

Contact: Angela Hardin
ahardin@anl.gov
630-252-5501
DOE/Argonne National Laboratory

9-Jul-2008
Powering the cars of the future
When you pull up to a filling station in the future, just what will you be "filling up" with? Will you recharge your batteries from an electrical outlet, pump in fuel made from scrap wood or grass, or perhaps feed your fuel cell with hydrogen? Researchers at the US Department of Energy are working on all of these options to power our cars in cleaner, practical, and cost competitive ways.

Contact: Department of Energy Public Affairs
202-586-4940
DOE/Savannah River National Laboratory

23-Jun-2008
Nuclear power option for developing nations gaining steam
Global energy demand is forecast to be 50 percent higher in 2030 than it is today and according to the International Energy Agency, seventy percent of this growth is expected to come from developing countries. The question is: what will provide the additional energy?

Contact: Department of Energy Public Affairs
202-586-4940
DOE/US Department of Energy

23-May-2008
Mississippi State University wins DOE and GM Challenge X 2008 advanced vehicle competition
US Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman today announced that Mississippi State University in Starkville, Miss. is the first place winner of Challenge X, in which 17 university teams from across the US and Canada competed to reengineer a General Motors Chevrolet Equinox Crossover SUV with advanced powertrain configurations.

Contact: Jennifer Scoggins
202-586-4940
DOE/US Department of Energy

25-Apr-2008
DOE and DOD launch ENERGY STAR Operation Change Out
US Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman on Earth Day launched a joint Department of Energy and Defense campaign to challenge military bases nationwide to change their incandescent light bulbs to energy efficient compact fluorescent light bulbs in on-base housing. The ENERGY STAR campaign, called Operation Change Out, will help bases across the country increase energy efficiency, save money and reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Contact: Jennifer Scoggins
202-586-4940
DOE/US Department of Energy

28-Mar-2008
US Department of Energy to provide up to $2.4M to advance solar energy in 12 US cities
US Department of Energy Secretary Samuel W. Bodman today announced that DOE will make available up to $2.4 million to 12 cities across the country selected as Solar America Cities, chosen for their commitment and comprehensive approach to the deployment of solar technologies and the development of sustainable solar infrastructures. These projects further President Bush's Solar America Initiative, which aims to make electricity from solar photovoltaics cost-competitive with conventional electricity by 2015.

Contact: Megan Barnett
202-586-4940
DOE/US Department of Energy

13-Mar-2008
Energy Department -- Electric Power Research Institute cooperation to increase energy efficiency
The US Department of Energy and the Electric Power Research Institute strengthened cooperation for research, development and deployment of energy technologies aimed at promoting increased energy efficiency.

Contact: Julie Ruggiero
202-586-4940
DOE/US Department of Energy

29-Feb-2008
US Department of Energy welcomes the UK as 21st member of the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership
The US Department of Energy today welcomed the United Kingdom as the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership's twenty-first partner. GNEP, a voluntary international partnership, aims to safely and securely expand nuclear power worldwide while responsibly managing nuclear waste and reducing proliferation risks. US Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman met with UK Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, Rt. Hon. John Hutton prior to the UK signing the GNEP Statement of Principles in Washington, DC.

Contact: Angela Hill
202-586-4940
DOE/US Department of Energy

24-Jan-2008
Innovative coal-based product bumps petroleum out of equation
A team headed by West Virginia University has developed and successfully demonstrated a synthetic binder pitch that uses hydrocarbons from coal to supplement or replace petroleum feedstocks.

Contact: Mike Jacobs
202-586-0507
DOE/National Energy Technology Laboratory

22-Jan-2008
Secretary Bodman meets with Qatari officials to promote energy expansion efforts
On his fourth stop of a six-nation swing through the Middle East and Europe, US Secretary of Energy Samuel W. Bodman today met with Qatari Amir H.H. Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani and Qatari Deputy Prime Minister and Energy Minister Abdullah Al-Attiyah to discuss energy sources.

Contact: Megan Barnett
202-586-4940
DOE/US Department of Energy

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.

Contact: Julie Ruggiero
202-586-4940
DOE/US Department of Energy

27-Dec-2007
Wakonda Technologies is the Clean Energy Entrepreneur of the Year
A small company commercializing a novel solar energy technology has been named the Clean Energy Entrepreneur of the Year at the 20th Industry Growth Forum sponsored by the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Contact: NREL Public Relations
303-275-4090
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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.

Contact: Dean Golembeski
deang@jlab.org
757-269-7689
DOE/Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility

15-Jun-2007
Surplus electricity could 'fill up' plug-in vehicles
Plug in your car. Unplug foreign oil, greenhouse gases and other emissions that contribute to urban smog.

Contact: Lisa Teke
lisa.teske@pnl.gov
509-372-6850
DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

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.

Contact: Lisa Teske
lisa.teske@pnl.gov
509-372-6850
DOE/Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

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.

Contact: Kerry Masson
kerry_masson@nrel.gov
303-275-4083
DOE/National Renewable Energy Laboratory

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