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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.

Secretary Moniz Statement on Reaching Threshold for Paris Agreement’s Entry into Force

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 16:32
October 5, 2016Secretary Moniz Statement on Reaching Threshold for Paris Agreement’s Entry into Force

As of today, 72 parties accounting for 56.75 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions have joined the climate agreement negotiated at COP21 in Paris, meeting the requirements of 55 parties representing 55 percent of global emissions needed for the Paris Agreement to enter into force in 30 days, prior to the COP22 meeting in Morocco.

BETO Establishes a Consortium of National Laboratories to Streamline Biomanufacturing

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 16:10
October 5, 2016BETO Establishes a Consortium of National Laboratories to Streamline Biomanufacturing

On October 1, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) established the Agile BioFoundry (ABF)—a new consortium of nine Energy Department national laboratories working to standardize and streamline the entire biomanufacturing pipeline by uniting computer-assisted biological pathway design, process integration, process scale-up, and machine learning.

DOE Invests $6 Million to Accelerate Next-Generation Advanced Energy Systems

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 14:58
October 5, 2016DOE Invests $6 Million to Accelerate Next-Generation Advanced Energy Systems

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has selected two projects to advance key technologies that will enable development of next-generation advanced energy systems. The projects will receive $6 million of Phase 2 research funding from DOE with a performance period of approximately 3 years. The projects were selected from among five DOE-funded Phase 1 projects, recently completed by private partners.

NREL Lowers Biofuel Costs Through Catalyst Regeneration and Vapor-Phase Upgrading

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 11:55
October 5, 2016NREL Lowers Biofuel Costs Through Catalyst Regeneration and Vapor-Phase Upgrading

This past June, researchers at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in partnership with Particulate Solids Research, Inc. and Springs Fabrication, installed a recirculating regenerating riser reactor (R-Cubed) in their pilot-scale Thermochemical Process Development Unit. The R-Cubed system will now allow for catalytic upgrading of biomass pyrolysis vapors—a process that can significantly improve the efficiency and reduce the costs associated with upgrading bio-oil to a finished fuel product—at an industrially-relevant pilot scale.

DOE Announces $30 Million Investment in Hydrogen and Fuel Cells as Industry Continues Unprecedented Growth Rates

Wed, 10/05/2016 - 10:33
October 5, 2016DOE Announces $30 Million Investment in Hydrogen and Fuel Cells as Industry Continues Unprecedented Growth Rates

In commemoration  of National Hydrogen Day, aptly chosen for the atomic weight of hydrogen (1.008), the Energy Department (DOE) released a new report today showing continued momentum and growth in the fuel cell industry. The 2015 Fuel Cell Technologies Market Report shows that hydrogen and fuel cells continue to grow at an unprecedented rate, with more than 60,000 fuel cells, totaling roughly 300 megawatts (MW), shipped worldwide in 2015. The number of MW shipped grew by more than 65% compared to 2014.

Better Buildings Launches Smart Energy Analytics Campaign to Help Commercial Buildings Achieve Greater Energy Efficiency

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 18:21
October 4, 2016Better Buildings Launches Smart Energy Analytics Campaign to Help Commercial Buildings Achieve Greater Energy Efficiency

As part of Smart Cities Week, the White House recently announced a new Energy Department-led Smart Energy Analytics Campaign to encourage the use of cost-effective, energy-saving building analytics platforms – also known as energy management information systems technologies (EMIS) – in commercial buildings nationwide, and refine best practices.

BETO Hosts Biorefinery Optimization Workshop October 5–6

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 17:30
October 4, 2016BETO Hosts Biorefinery Optimization Workshop October 5–6

The Biorefinery Optimization Workshop, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO), is being held on October 5–6, 2016, in Chicago, Illinois. The workshop will advance the understanding of the current capabilities, barriers, and opportunities for integrated biorefineries working to produce biofuels, biochemicals, and bioproducts.

Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement "Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) 2017"

Tue, 10/04/2016 - 14:01
October 4, 2016Notice of Intent to Issue Funding Opportunity Announcement "Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) 2017"

The Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) intends to issue, on behalf of the Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP), a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) titled "Assisting Federal Facilities with Energy Conservation Technologies (AFFECT) 2017."

Brian Henry named portfolio federal project director for Y-12 cleanup

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 14:04
October 3, 2016Brian Henry named portfolio federal project director for Y-12 cleanup

OREM has named Brian Henry as its new portfolio federal project director for cleanup at the Y-12 National Security Complex. As the portfolio federal project director, Henry oversees all of the planning and execution for Y-12’s current and upcoming cleanup projects, including all decontamination, demolition, and disposal operations. In this role, he is also leading preparations for the Mercury Treatment Facility and the Environmental Management Disposal Facility, two of OREM’s largest and most vital near-term capital projects.

Powered for Life: Self-Charging Tag Tracks Fish as Long as they Swim; Long-living sturgeon, eels, lamprey could be tracked for decades

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 13:26
October 3, 2016Powered for Life: Self-Charging Tag Tracks Fish as Long as they Swim; Long-living sturgeon, eels, lamprey could be tracked for decades

The Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory developed a self-charging tracking tag for fish behavioral studies. This new tag uses a flexible strip containing piezoelectric materials, which generate electricity through physical movement.

DOE Announces Manufacturing Training for Cleantech Entrepreneurs

Fri, 09/30/2016 - 10:22
September 30, 2016DOE Announces Manufacturing Training for Cleantech Entrepreneurs

On Thursday, September 29, the Energy Department announced the new Build4Scale Manufacturing Training for Cleantech Entrepreneurs at the 2016 MForesight National Summit in Washington, D.C.

DOE Awards the Los Alamos Pueblos’ Project (LAPP) Activities for the Santa Clara Pueblo

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 16:30
September 29, 2016DOE Awards the Los Alamos Pueblos’ Project (LAPP) Activities for the Santa Clara Pueblo

Cincinnati – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today awarded a cooperative agreement to the Santa Clara Pueblo of Espanola, New Mexico for the “Los Alamos Pueblos’ Project (LAPP) Activities and Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustee Council Participation for Santa Clara Pueblo”.

DOE Extends Contract to Operate Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride Conversion Plants

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 13:00
September 29, 2016DOE Extends Contract to Operate Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride Conversion Plants

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management (EM) today announced it is extending its contract for Operations of Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride (DUF6) Conversion Facilities at Paducah, Kentucky and Portsmouth, Ohio for a period of up to four months.

DOE Awards Contract for the Operation of Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride (DUF6) Conversion Facilities

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 13:00
September 29, 2016DOE Awards Contract for the Operation of Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride (DUF6) Conversion Facilities

Cincinnati -- The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced the award of a contract to Mid-America Conversion Services, LLC for the Operation of Depleted Uranium Hexafluoride (DUF6) Conversion Facilities at Paducah, Kentucky and Portsmouth, Ohio.

Webinar October 13: Past, Present, and Future Challenges in Electrocatalysis for Fuel Cells

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 12:43
September 29, 2016Webinar October 13: Past, Present, and Future Challenges in Electrocatalysis for Fuel Cells

The Fuel Cell Technologies Office will present a live webinar entitled "Past, Present, and Future Challenges in Electrocatalysis for Fuel Cells" on Thursday, October 13, from 12 to 1 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). This presentation intends to provide a chronological overview of progress that has been made in design of platinum-based electrocatalysts that are currently used in low-temperature fuel cells.

8 Ways the Energy Department is Removing Barriers to Make National Lab Inventions a Reality

Thu, 09/29/2016 - 09:54
September 29, 20168 Ways the Energy Department is Removing Barriers to Make National Lab Inventions a Reality

Blog post from Dr. Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall, Deputy Secretary of Energy, September 28, 2016.

Today, at our National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), I was proud to announce a new pilot program called Lab-Bridge that will make it easier for our Department of Energy (DOE) National Laboratories to fast-track the great ideas and technologies they generate into the marketplace. DOE is investing $2.5 million in this project because we know that it will accelerate our transition to a clean energy economy. 

Energy Department Announces 34 Winners of the 2016 Housing Innovation Awards

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 16:00
September 28, 2016Energy Department Announces 34 Winners of the 2016 Housing Innovation Awards

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today recognized 34 of the nation's leading builders at the 2016 Housing Innovation Awards during the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance's Excellence in Building Conference in Dallas, Texas.

DOE Awards Workforce Opportunities in Regional Careers Grant

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 13:00
September 28, 2016DOE Awards Workforce Opportunities in Regional Careers Grant

Cincinnati – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today awarded a grant to the
University of Massachusetts Lowell (UML) for “National Research Institute: Collaborative Research: Cooperative Control of Humanoid Robots for Remote Operations in Nuclear Environments.”