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Fuel Cell Technologies Office: 2016 Recap and the Year Ahead

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 17:40
January 18, 2017Fuel Cell Technologies Office: 2016 Recap and the Year Ahead

At the beginning of 2017, Sunita Satyapal, Director of the Fuel Cell Technologies Office, reflects on the Program's 2016 accomplishments and highlights some of the plans for 2017.

Webinar January 24: Manufacturing Cost Analyses of Fuel Cell Systems for Non-Transportation Applications

Wed, 01/18/2017 - 11:33
January 18, 2017Webinar January 24: Manufacturing Cost Analyses of Fuel Cell Systems for Non-Transportation Applications

The Fuel Cell Technologies Office will present a live webinar entitled "Manufacturing Cost Analyses of Fuel Cell Systems for Non-Transportation Applications" on Tuesday, January 24, from 12 to 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). In this webinar, Vince Contini from Battelle will describe Battelle's five-year program to evaluate fuel cell system manufacturing costs at various production volumes, system capacities, and system designs for applications including material handling equipment, primary power and combined heat and power, backup power, and auxiliary power.

DOE Publishes New CALiPER Snapshot on Troffers

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 17:13
January 17, 2017DOE Publishes New CALiPER Snapshot on Troffers

The U.S. Department of Energy's CALiPER program has released a new Snapshot Report on LED troffer luminaires. Among the key findings of the Snapshot, which is based on DOE's LED Lighting Facts® database:

Energy Department Extends Deadline for Domestic Manufacturing RFI to January 31

Tue, 01/17/2017 - 12:03
January 17, 2017Energy Department Extends Deadline for Domestic Manufacturing RFI to January 31

The U.S. Department of Energy's Fuel Cell Technologies Office has extended the deadline for the Request for Information entitled "Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Manufacturing: Identifying Specific Components for Manufacturing Standardization." Interested parties are requested to provide responses to this RFI electronically no later than 5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on January 31, 2017.

Secretary Moniz Statement on Anniversary of JCPOA Implementation Day, IAEA Announcement of Centrifuge Removal from Fordow

Mon, 01/16/2017 - 15:20
January 16, 2017Secretary Moniz Statement on Anniversary of JCPOA Implementation Day, IAEA Announcement of Centrifuge Removal from Fordow

Today, January 16, 2017, is the one-year anniversary of the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which rolls back the Iranian nuclear program and verifiably prevents Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon.

Volume 2 of the 2016 Billion-Ton Report Analyzes Potential Environmental Effects

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 20:16
January 13, 2017Volume 2 of the 2016 Billion-Ton Report Analyzes Potential Environmental Effects

The 2016 Billion-Ton Report (BT16), Volume 2: Environmental Sustainability Effects of Select Scenarios from Volume 1, jointly released by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), is a pioneering effort to analyze a range of potential environmental effects associated with illustrative near-term and long-term biomass-production scenarios from the 2016 Billion-Ton Report, Volume 1.

DOE Releases Second Annual National Energy Employment Analysis

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 12:43
January 13, 2017 DOE Releases Second Annual National Energy Employment Analysis

Report tracks rapid growth in energy efficiency and infrastructure jobs

DOE and USDA Issue Notice of Intent for Biomass Research and Development Initiative

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 11:51
January 13, 2017DOE and USDA Issue Notice of Intent for Biomass Research and Development Initiative

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA's) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), is announcing its intent to issue a Request for Applications (RFA) through the Biomass Research and Development Initiative (BRDI).

Energy Department Announces Funding to Extend Industrial Assessment Centers to Underserved Areas

Fri, 01/13/2017 - 11:38
January 13, 2017Energy Department Announces Funding to Extend Industrial Assessment Centers to Underserved Areas

Today, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy’s (EERE) Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO), announced up to $4 million in available funding, subject to appropriations, for a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) entitled Extending Industrial Assessment Centers to Underserved Areas.

Energy Department, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Recognize Corcoran Management Company's Canterbury Towers for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Leadership

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 17:30
January 12, 2017Energy Department, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Recognize Corcoran Management Company's Canterbury Towers for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Leadership

The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the Better Buildings Challenge recognized the Corcoran Management Company today for its renewable and energy-efficient upgrades implemented at Canterbury Towers, one of the company's multi-family housing facilities located in Worcester, Massachusetts.

Federal Government Exceeds $4 Billion Goal for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Investments

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 13:00
January 12, 2017Federal Government Exceeds $4 Billion Goal for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Investments

Today the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, with the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB), recognized 21 federal agencies during a White House event led by Christina Goldfuss, Managing Director of CEQ, and Shaun Donovan, Director of OMB.

NuScale Power Submits First-Ever Small Modular Reactor Design Certification Application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 12:47
January 12, 2017NuScale Power Submits First-Ever Small Modular Reactor Design Certification Application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission

On January 12, 2017, NuScale Power formally announced the submittal of a Design Certification Application (DCA) for their innovative small modular reactor (SMR) design to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) for their review and approval. With this submittal, NuScale is now the first U.S. company to have submitted an SMR DCA.

Technology Converts Wastewater Sludge to Renewable Natural Gas

Thu, 01/12/2017 - 12:03
January 12, 2017Technology Converts Wastewater Sludge to Renewable Natural Gas

Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) has developed technology that synergistically uses two waste biomass streams to generate two bioproducts. The technology enhances the process of anaerobic digestion of wastewater sludge by incorporating biomass-derived, carbon-sequestering char within the digester, thus creating pipeline-quality renewable natural gas while using the remaining biosolids for a high-quality fertilizer. With funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) totaling $1.5 million over three years, researchers at ANL have been able to develop and de-risk this technology, which is now ready for scale-up.

Energy Department Introduces New Financing Navigator for Energy Efficiency Projects

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 16:45
January 11, 2017Energy Department Introduces New Financing Navigator for Energy Efficiency Projects

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is introducing a new, web-based financing navigator to help private and public sector organizations discover financing solutions for energy efficiency projects that meet their unique needs.

Co-Chairs of the United States-Republic of Korea High Level Bilateral Commission Convene in Washington

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 16:20
January 11, 2017Co-Chairs of the United States-Republic of Korea High Level Bilateral Commission Convene in Washington

U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall and the Republic of Korea (ROK) Second Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Ahn Chong-ghee, Co-Chairs of the U.S.-ROK High Level Bilateral Commission (HLBC), met in Washington, D.C. this week to review the HLBC’s ongoing activities.

Petra Nova, World’s Largest Post-Combustion Carbon-Capture Project, Begins Commercial Operation

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 13:32
January 11, 2017Petra Nova, World’s Largest Post-Combustion Carbon-Capture Project, Begins Commercial Operation

Yesterday, January 10, 2017, NRG Energy, Inc. (NRG) and JX Nippon Oil and Gas Exploration Corporation (JX Nippon) announced that the Petra Nova project -- the world’s largest post-combustion carbon-capture system – has begun commercial operation at the W. A. Parish Plant in Thompsons, Texas, southwest of Houston.

DOE seeking candidates for advisory board vacancies

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 11:00
January 11, 2017DOE seeking candidates for advisory board vacancies

DOE's Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management is seeking volunteers to fill vacancies on the Oak Ridge Site Specific Advisory Board. The board is a federally chartered citizens’ panel that provides recommendations to the agency regarding cleanup activities across the Oak Ridge Reservation. The deadline for submitting applications is January 31.

SunShot to Discuss Progress on Energy Storage Solutions

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 10:51
January 11, 2017SunShot to Discuss Progress on Energy Storage Solutions

Before the DistribuTECH Transmission and Distribution Conference, join the SunShot Initiative to learn about its work with utilities on solar plus storage. The Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar PV (SHINES) funding program, launched in early 2016, develops and demonstrates integrated photovoltaic and energy storage solutions that are scalable, secure, reliable, and cost-effective. Each of the awardees will be on hand to discuss their projects, which are working to create multiple pathways toward the efficient, sustainable, and affordable integration of solar energy on the nation’s electrical grid in larger amounts than currently possible.

Energy Department Releases First-Ever State of the National Labs Report

Wed, 01/11/2017 - 09:00
January 11, 2017Energy Department Releases First-Ever State of the National Labs Report

Today, U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz announced the release of the inaugural State of the Department of Energy National Laboratories Report.

BETO Publishes Analysis of Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams

Tue, 01/10/2017 - 14:25
January 10, 2017BETO Publishes Analysis of Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) announced the publication of a report, titled Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams: Challenges and Opportunities. The report is the first comprehensive assessment of the resource potential and technology opportunities provided by feedstocks, including wastewater treatment-derived sludge and biosolids, animal manure, food waste, inedible fats and greases, biogas, and carbon dioxide streams.