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BETO-Funded Study Enhancing the Economics of Advanced Biofuel Production Through Improved Infrastructure Materials Selection

Fri, 10/28/2016 - 12:43
October 28, 2016BETO-Funded Study Enhancing the Economics of Advanced Biofuel Production Through Improved Infrastructure Materials Selection

With funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) evaluated the performance of several key materials used in biofuel production, processing, storage, and transportation systems. Rubber components and sealants are often exposed to chemically complex biofuel intermediates, which can cause materials to swell and affect the overall performance and service life of the product. Selection of materials that resist these effects is, therefore, a critical element for ensuring the long-term economic viability of biomass processing systems.

DOE Publishes CALiPER Report on the Testing of OLED Luminaires

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 13:49
October 27, 2016DOE Publishes CALiPER Report on the Testing of OLED Luminaires

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has released CALiPER Report 24: Photometric Testing, Laboratory Teardowns, and Accelerated Lifetime Testing of OLED Luminaires, which is the first CALiPER report evaluating the performance of OLED luminaires based on independent procurement and testing. Among the findings:

SPO Takes a Rooftop Tour of Forrestal’s Solar Panels

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 10:39
October 27, 2016SPO Takes a Rooftop Tour of Forrestal’s Solar Panels

On October 13, 2016, MA-50's Erik Haukdal gave the Sustainability Performance Office (SPO) a tour of Forrestal’s rooftop solar array. 

The main array was installed so DOE Headquarters could lead by example implementing renewable energy in their buildings. Several smaller arrays demonstrate solar technologies, serving awareness and education purposes.  Since 2008, about 100 tours have been given to high school groups, college groups, boy/girl scouts, members of Congress, local government officials, foreign dignitaries, and even president Obama!

DOE Labs “Road Tour” Opens Doors to their Treasures

Thu, 10/27/2016 - 10:32
October 27, 2016DOE Labs “Road Tour” Opens Doors to their Treasures

This autumn was hot for four states selected by the Department of Energy (DOE) to host bootcamps, associated with the MITEC pilot discussed in a previous blog, to learn about the DOE Labs and how small manufacturers can work with them.

Energy Department Celebrates 40th Anniversary of National Weatherization Program

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 18:23
October 26, 2016Energy Department Celebrates 40th Anniversary of National Weatherization Program

This Sunday, National Weatherization Day, the Energy Department joins 13 states – Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Rhode Island, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin – and several hundred local agencies in celebrating the 40th anniversary of  the department’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP).

National Lab Employee Receives Honor for Energy Innovations

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 12:30
October 26, 2016National Lab Employee Receives Honor for Energy Innovations

SunShot Initiative awardee Dr. Dileep Singh of Argonne National Laboratory has been named a fellow of ASM International for his contributions to the science and technology behind concentrating solar power (CSP) and other energy innovations. This award is one of the highest honors in the field of materials science.

2016 DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Report Posted

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 12:29
October 26, 20162016 DOE Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Report Posted

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program has posted the 2016 Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Report. Each year at the Annual Merit Review and Peer Evaluation Meeting, projects funded by DOE's Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Program are reviewed for their merit.

Who’s Who: The Emerging Technologies Fellows

Wed, 10/26/2016 - 10:22
October 26, 2016Who’s Who: The Emerging Technologies Fellows

Fellows in the Emerging Technologies (ET) program of the Building Technologies Office (BTO) are the Energy Department’s next generation of engineers and scientists, tasked with bringing fresh ideas and new perspectives to the program’s building energy efficiency research and development portfolio.

Energy Department Recognizes University of California, Berkeley For Leadership in Campus-Wide Energy Innovations

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 15:00
October 25, 2016Energy Department Recognizes University of California, Berkeley For Leadership in Campus-Wide Energy Innovations

As part of the Obama Administration’s effort to cut energy waste in the nation’s university buildings and facilities, today the Energy Department’s Better Buildings Challenge program recognized University of California, Berkeley for its leadership in energy efficiency. The University achieved 65 percent energy savings at its Jacobs Hall facility, the College of Engineering’s interdisciplinary hub where students and teachers from across the university work at the intersection of design and technology.

National Renewable Energy Laboratory to Lead New Consortium to Develop Advanced Water Splitting Materials for Hydrogen Production: HydroGEN Consortium to accelerate R&D and deployment

Tue, 10/25/2016 - 12:16
October 25, 2016National Renewable Energy Laboratory to Lead New Consortium to Develop Advanced Water Splitting Materials for Hydrogen Production: HydroGEN Consortium to accelerate R&D and deployment

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has formed a new consortium with five other national labs intended to accelerate the development of commercially viable pathways for hydrogen production from renewable energy sources. The consortium, named HydroGEN Advanced Water Splitting Materials Consortium (HydroGEN), also includes Sandia National Laboratories, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Idaho National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and Savannah River National Laboratory.

The DOE Sustainability Awards Database is Open for Nominations!

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 16:25
October 24, 2016The DOE Sustainability Awards Database is Open for Nominations!

The DOE Sustainability Awards Database is Open for Nominations through January 20, 2017.

Energy Department Launches $10 Million Effort to Develop Advanced Water Splitting Materials

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 11:00
October 24, 2016Energy Department Launches $10 Million Effort to Develop Advanced Water Splitting Materials

The Energy Department (DOE) recently announced $10 million, subject to appropriations, to support the launch of the HydroGEN Advanced Water Splitting Materials Consortium (HydroGEN). This consortium will utilize the expertise and capabilities of the national laboratories to accelerate the development of commercially viable pathways for hydrogen production from renewable energy sources.  

Integrated Imaging Institute Helps Innovators Envision Success

Mon, 10/24/2016 - 10:35
October 24, 2016Integrated Imaging Institute Helps Innovators Envision Success

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Argonne National Laboratory's Integrated Imaging Institute (I3), a portal to the lab's complete imaging capabilities, is opening its doors to researchers and partners in academia and industry looking to build knowledge and accelerate discovery and innovation through imaging.

Life-Cycle Analysis Shows Potential for Almost 70% Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions of Renewable Diesel from Algae Fractionation Compared to Conventional Diesel

Fri, 10/21/2016 - 12:05
October 21, 2016Life-Cycle Analysis Shows Potential for Almost 70% Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions of Renewable Diesel from Algae Fractionation Compared to Conventional Diesel

A new analysis from Argonne National Laboratory, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), shows the potential of an algae fractionation process to produce renewable diesel fuel with 63%–68% lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than conventional diesel.

Oct. 26 Webinar to Explore Available Financing Mechanisms for Tribal Energy and Economic Development

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 17:58
October 20, 2016Oct. 26 Webinar to Explore Available Financing Mechanisms for Tribal Energy and Economic Development

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy, in partnership with Western Area Power Administration, is hosting a free webinar entitled "Accessing Capital for Tribal Energy and Economic Development" on Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time.

Energy Department Invests $21 Million in 17 Projects to Speed Solar Adoption, Maximize Solar Benefits for States

Thu, 10/20/2016 - 13:35
October 20, 2016Energy Department Invests $21 Million in 17 Projects to Speed Solar Adoption, Maximize Solar Benefits for States

The Energy Department today announced $21.4 million in funding for 17 new projects to help reduce the "soft costs" commonly found with solar energy, such as installation, permitting, and connecting to the grid.

Celebrating the Legacy of Bioenergy Director Lt. Col. William C. Holmberg

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 16:52
October 18, 2016Celebrating the Legacy of Bioenergy Director Lt. Col. William C. Holmberg

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) recognizes the foundational accomplishments of retired Marine Lieutenant Colonel William C. Holmberg, the founding director of DOE bioenergy efforts and a titan of the bioenergy industry. Mr. Holmberg, known to his friends as Bill, passed away in September at the age of 88.

DOE, Natural Resources Canada Announce Pilot Plant to Advance Oxy-Combustion Carbon Capture

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 15:30
October 18, 2016DOE, Natural Resources Canada Announce Pilot Plant to Advance Oxy-Combustion Carbon Capture

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and Canada’s Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) today announced the opening of a new 1 Megawatt Thermal (MWth) facility to test an advanced process to capture carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from coal-fired power plants. The announcement was made during a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the facility in Ottawa.

Weapons to Wetlands: A Decade of Difference

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 13:51
October 18, 2016Weapons to Wetlands: A Decade of Difference

CINCINNATI, Ohio – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will host a special event marking the 10th anniversary of the Fernald remediation on Saturday, October 29, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Fernald Preserve Visitors Center, 7400 Willey Road, Hamilton, OH, 45013.  Please join us on the footprint of this former uranium production plant as workers, neighbors, regulators, activist groups, contractors, and DOE come together again to celebrate the tremendous effort and spirit of cooperation that made the massive cleanup of the site a success.

David Adler named director of Quality and Mission Support Division

Tue, 10/18/2016 - 12:57
October 18, 2016David Adler named director of Quality and Mission Support Division

OREM has named David Adler as the director of its Quality and Mission Support Division. In this role, Adler is responsible for leading and directing a diverse team of professionals that support and enable the cleanup mission in Oak Ridge. Together, his teams focus on quality assurance, regulatory and environmental compliance, reindustrialization, and community outreach.