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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.

DOE Releases Request for Information/Sources Sought for the Savannah River Site Operations Acquisition (Post FY 2018)

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 15:00
October 17, 2016DOE Releases Request for Information/Sources Sought for the Savannah River Site Operations Acquisition (Post FY 2018)

Cincinnati -- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) today issued a Request for Information (RFI) /Sources Sought in support the upcoming follow-on procurement for the management and operation (M&O) of the Savannah River Site (SRS).

DOE Releases Guidance on EIS and EA Distribution

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 14:51
October 17, 2016DOE Releases Guidance on EIS and EA Distribution  

DOE announces the release of guidance on EIS and EA Distribution. This Guidance contains recommendations for the efficient and effective distribution of a draft, final, or supplemental environmental impact statement (EIS), and includes recommendations for the distribution of environmental assessments. When he approved the Guidance, Steve Croley, DOE General Counsel, approved two variances to DOE NEPA Order 451.1B, NEPA Compliance Program that are indicated in the memo inside the front cover. 

New CALiPER Snapshot Report on Outdoor Area Lighting

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 14:37
October 17, 2016New CALiPER Snapshot Report on Outdoor Area Lighting

The U.S. Department of Energy's CALiPER program has released a new Snapshot report on outdoor area lighting that covers area/roadway luminaires, parking garage luminaires, and canopy luminaires. Outdoor area lighting is a major contributor to nationwide energy use, and the market segment has been an important player in the transition to solid-state lighting.

DOE Announces $80 Million Investment to Build Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Pilot Plant Test Facility

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 11:39
October 17, 2016DOE Announces $80 Million Investment to Build Supercritical Carbon Dioxide Pilot Plant Test Facility

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding up to $80 million for a six-year project to design, build, and operate a 10-MWe (megawatts electrical) supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) pilot plant test facility in San Antonio, TX.

Statement of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on Montreal Protocol Agreement to Cut Use of HFCs

Mon, 10/17/2016 - 09:51
October 17, 2016Statement of Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz on Montreal Protocol Agreement to Cut Use of HFCs

Following several days of negotiations between the United States and nearly 200 nations in Kigali, Rwanda, an agreement was reached to amend the Montreal Protocol to phase down the production and use of potent heat-trapping chemicals knows as hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

Energy Department Analysis: Loan Guarantee Program Launched Utility-Scale Photovoltaic Solar Market in the United States

Fri, 10/14/2016 - 14:47
October 14, 2016Energy Department Analysis: Loan Guarantee Program Launched Utility-Scale Photovoltaic Solar Market in the United States

DOE Loan Program Releases Updated Analysis at Mesquite Solar 3 Dedication Ceremony Showing Five DOE Loans Have Led to an Additional 45 Large Solar PV Projects Established by Industry

Energy Department Announces New Projects between U.S. and China to Cut Emissions

Thu, 10/13/2016 - 13:17
October 13, 2016Energy Department Announces New Projects between U.S. and China to Cut Emissions

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced nine new energy performance contracting pilot projects that bring together U.S. and Chinese companies to boost the energy efficiency of buildings in China and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Department of Energy to Invest $2 Million for Small-Scale Production of Rare Earth Elements

Thu, 10/13/2016 - 10:00
October 13, 2016Department of Energy to Invest $2 Million for Small-Scale Production of Rare Earth Elements

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and the National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) have announced approximately $2 million in federally funded financial assistance for the first phase of cost-shared projects aimed to achieve small-scale production of salable rare earth elements (REEs) from domestic sources of pre-combustion coal and coal by-products.

DOE-Funded Carbon Capture Technology Moves Forward to Large-Scale Testing

Wed, 10/12/2016 - 10:00
October 12, 2016DOE-Funded Carbon Capture Technology Moves Forward to Large-Scale Testing

The Department of Energy (DOE) today announced that a DOE-funded project on second-generation carbon dioxide (CO2) solvent technology will begin testing at the Technology Centre Mongstad (TCM) in western Norway.

AMO and FCTO to Partner on Roll-to-Roll Manufacturing Activities

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 17:44
October 11, 2016AMO and FCTO to Partner on Roll-to-Roll Manufacturing Activities

The Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) plans to add $1 million for hydrogen and fuel cell topics related to the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO)-supported multi-lab consortium on roll-to-roll manufacturing capabilities.

New Pilot Plant Demonstrates the Potential to Co-Process Biomass Streams with Petroleum

Tue, 10/11/2016 - 14:27
October 11, 2016New Pilot Plant Demonstrates the Potential to Co-Process Biomass Streams with Petroleum

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), together with leading petroleum refining technologies supplier W.R. Grace, and leading pilot plant designer Zeton Inc., built a unique pilot-scale facility that can produce biomass-derived fuel intermediates with existing petroleum refinery infrastructure. This pilot plant, constructed in part with funding from the Bioenergy Technologies Office, combines biomass pyrolysis together with fluid catalytic cracking—one of the most important conversion processes used in petroleum refineries—to demonstrate the potential to co-process biomass-derived streams with petroleum, at an industrially-relevant pilot scale.

DOE Announces Industry Day and Community Forum Activities for the Savannah River Site Operations Acquisition (Post FY 2018)

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 13:00
October 7, 2016DOE Announces Industry Day and Community Forum Activities for the Savannah River Site Operations Acquisition (Post FY 2018)

Cincinnati -- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Environmental Management Consolidated Business Center (EMCBC) today issued an announcement to hold an Industry Day and One-on-One sessions October 24-26, 2016, and a Community Day on October 27, 2016, in support the upcoming procurement for the management and operation (M&O) of the Savannah River Site (SRS).

Lygos Wins Innovation Award for Cutting-Edge Progress Toward Biobased Chemical Production

Fri, 10/07/2016 - 12:31
October 7, 2016Lygos Wins Innovation Award for Cutting-Edge Progress Toward Biobased Chemical Production

Industrial biotechnology company Lygos, Inc. won the “Bio-Based Chemical Innovation of the Year” award at the inaugural Bio-Based Live conference in San Francisco, California, for its biobased method to produce malonic acid, a versatile chemical used to make products ranging from flavorings in food to ultraviolet radiation-resistant coatings. Lygos uses microbes to produce the malonic acid from sugars that can be derived from non-food, cellulosic biomass. The process is also much cleaner and safer than conventional petroleum-based methods.

DOE Releases Request for Proposals for Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management Technical Support Services

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 15:00
October 6, 2016DOE Releases Request for Proposals for Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management Technical Support Services

Cincinnati -- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management (OREM) Technical Support Services (TSS) acquisition.

Los-Alamos-Townsite-Cleanup-Complete-at-TA-01

Thu, 10/06/2016 - 14:32
October 6, 2016Los-Alamos-Townsite-Cleanup-Complete-at-TA-01

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. — The U.S. Department of Energy Environmental Management Los Alamos Field Office (EM-LA) and Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) have completed a project to remove contaminated soil from four legacy waste sites along the south-facing slopes of Los Alamos Canyon adjacent to the Los Alamos Townsite.