Public Release: 26-Nov-2015
Science Can Paris pledges avert severe climate change?
A study published in Science today shows that if the emission reductions pledges brought to Paris are implemented and followed by measures of equal or greater ambition, they have the potential to reduce the probability of the highest levels of warming, and increase the probability of limiting global warming to 2 degrees Celsius.
Global Technology Strategy Program, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, US Department of State, US Environmental Protection Agency
Public Release: 24-Nov-2015 Three new technologies to make energy cleaner, more efficient
PNNL and its partners are developing three new technologies to improve the power grid, make biofuel from seaweed and produce hydrogen with grants from DOE's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, or ARPA-E.
US Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy
Public Release: 24-Nov-2015 Climate-friendly rice recognized as a top science development of 2015
The creation of a new kind of rice which gives off nearly zero greenhouse gas emissions during its growth has earned kudos for a team of scientists from three continents, including the lead investigator at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. The new kind of rice grows in a manner that nearly eliminates the production of methane, a potent greenhouse gas.
The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Swedish Research Council for Environment, Agricultural Sciences and Spatial Planning, National Natural Science Foundation of China, Carl Tryggers Foundation
Public Release: 23-Nov-2015 Innovative reports to help utility regulators, policymakers and electric industry
The electric industry in the US is undergoing significant changes for a number of reasons, including new and improved technologies, changing customer desires, low load growth in many regions, and changes in federal and state policies and regulations. A new series of reports will advance the discussion by examining issues related to electric industry regulation and utility business models.
DOE Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability
Public Release: 17-Nov-2015
Physical Review Letters PPPL physicists use computers to uncover mechanism that stabilizes plasma within tokamaks
A team of physicists led by Stephen Jardin of the US Department of Energy's Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory has discovered a mechanism that prevents the electrical current flowing through fusion plasma from repeatedly peaking and crashing. This behavior is known as a 'sawtooth cycle' and can cause instabilities within the plasma's core. The results have been published online in Physical Review Letters. The research was supported by the DOE Office of Science.
US Department of Energy's Office of Science
Public Release: 17-Nov-2015 NREL research honored with R&D 100 awards
A technology developed at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory has been honored by R&D Magazine as a winner of a coveted R&D 100 award as well as an Editor's Choice award.
Public Release: 16-Nov-2015 Pacific Northwest National Laboratory scientists win 5 R&D 100 awards
Technologies that impact cyber security, increase our ability to detect trace amounts of chemicals, convert sewage into fuel, view energy processes under real-world conditions and forecast future electric needs are among the newest R&D 100 award winners.
US Department of Energy, and others
Public Release: 12-Nov-2015 Team of appraisers across six states find home buyers will pay premium for solar homes
Photovoltaics added value to homes in six markets, according to a new report led by a researcher from Berkeley Lab and a home appraisal expert. They engaged a team of seven appraisers from across the six states to determine the value that solar photovoltaic systems added to single-family homes using the industry-standard paired-sales valuation technique, which compares recent sales of comparable homes to estimate the premium buyers would pay for PV.
DOE SunShot Initiative
Public Release: 11-Nov-2015
SC15 Titan takes on the big one
A team led by Thomas Jordan of the Southern California Earthquake Center, headquartered at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, is using the Titan supercomputer to develop physics-based earthquake simulations to better understand earthquake systems, including the potential seismic hazards from known faults and the impact of strong ground motions on urban areas.
US Deparment of Energy, Advanced Scientific Computing Research
Public Release: 11-Nov-2015
Scientific Reports Microbes map path toward renewable energy future
In the quest for renewable fuels, scientists are taking lessons from a humble bacterium that fills our oceans and covers moist surfaces the world over. Cyanothece 51142, a type of bacteria also called blue-green algae, produces hydrogen in robust fashion, and scientists have found that it taps into an unexpected source of energy to do so.
US Department of Energy
Public Release: 9-Nov-2015
Nature Communications A new way to look at MOFs
An international collaboration led by Berkeley Lab's Omar Yaghi has developed a technique called 'gas adsorption crystallography' that provides a new way to study the process by which metal-organic frameworks (MOFs) are able to store immense volumes of gases such a carbon dioxide, hydrogen and methane.
Public Release: 5-Nov-2015
Scientific Reports Using hydrogen to enhance lithium ion batteries
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists have found that lithium ion batteries operate longer and faster when their electrodes are treated with hydrogen.
Public Release: 4-Nov-2015 PNNL chemist elected president-elect of American Chemical Society
Allison Campbell, a chemist and director of a large research directorate at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, has been voted 2016 president-elect of the American Chemical Society -- the world's largest scientific society.
Public Release: 2-Nov-2015 Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, November 2015
New tool developed for inspecting concrete at nuclear power plants; ORNL motor features 3-D printed metallic parts; ORNL technique combines intuition, computational strengths; Trane, ORNL combine to boost rooftop A/C efficiency 20 percent; Titan delivering unprecedented climate modeling; ORNL announces JUMP program to stimulate innovation; Bioenergy researchers closer to defeating lignin.
Public Release: 30-Oct-2015 Test bed advances Washington state as hotbed of energy innovation
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Washington State University and the University of Washington are teaming develop and test transaction-based controls where buildings and equipment 'speak' to each other to better manage energy use to save energy, money and be responsive to the needs of the power grid.
US Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy Buildings Technology Office, DOE's Office of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Washington State Department of Commerce
Public Release: 30-Oct-2015
Nature Communications Chemical complexity promises improved structural alloys for next-gen nuclear energy
Designing alloys to withstand extreme environments is a fundamental challenge for materials scientists. Energy from radiation can create imperfections in alloys, so researchers in an Energy Frontier Research Center led by the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are investigating ways to design structural materials that develop fewer, smaller flaws under irradiation. The key is exploiting the complexity present when alloys are made with equal amounts of up to four different metallic elements.
US Department of Energy Office of Science.
Public Release: 27-Oct-2015 'Little Box Challenge' inverters arrive at NREL
Today, 18 finalist teams for the Little Box Challenge, presented by Google and the IEEE Power Electronics Society, converged at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory to have their power inverters tested as part of a $1 million competition to build smaller devices for use in solar power systems.
Public Release: 27-Oct-2015 NREL releases report card on environmental efforts
The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory continued to improve its environmental protection efforts at its South Table Mountain and National Wind Technology Center sites during 2014 by reducing greenhouse gas emissions, adding bird-safety features to campus structures, and assessing environmental impacts of potential laboratory development.
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.