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Deadline Extended for Third Round of Small Business Voucher Pilot Program

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 18:46
November 8, 2016Deadline Extended for Third Round of Small Business Voucher Pilot Program

The deadline to apply to the third round of the Small Business Voucher (SBV) Pilot program has been extended through November 13 at 11:59pm ET. The SBV Pilot program gives small businesses access to technical assistance from national labs. This assistance helps companies overcome critical technology and commercialization challenges to help bring the next generation of clean energy technologies, including solar, to market.

HydroGEN Consortium Webinar Series Begins November 10

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 10:37
November 8, 2016HydroGEN Consortium Webinar Series Begins November 10

The Fuel Cell Technologies Office will present a series of three live webinars to describe the capabilities in each of the water splitting pathways being covered by FCTO's HydroGEN consortium: photoelectrochemical (PEC) water splitting, advanced electrolysis, and solar thermochemical (STCH) hydrogen production.

DEADLINE EXTENDED: New Opportunities for Small Businesses to Partner with National Labs

Tue, 11/08/2016 - 08:01
November 8, 2016DEADLINE EXTENDED: New Opportunities for Small Businesses to Partner with National Labs

Small businesses in the clean-energy sector have another opportunity to submit Requests for Assistance for technical assistance from U.S. Department of Energy labs through the Small Business Vouchers Pilot. The pilot, part of the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Lab Impact portfolio, aims to help small businesses bring next-generation clean energy technologies to market faster by giving them access to expertise and tools at national labs.

FY17 SBIR Phase I Release 2 Topics Announced: Includes Fuel Cell Bipolar Plates, Hydrogen Delivery, and Emergency Hydrogen Refuelers

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 14:22
November 7, 2016FY17 SBIR Phase I Release 2 Topics Announced: Includes Fuel Cell Bipolar Plates, Hydrogen Delivery, and Emergency Hydrogen Refuelers

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced the 2017 Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Phase I Release 2 topics, including three subtopics focused on hydrogen and fuel cell technologies. The fuel cell subtopics include innovative materials for bipolar plates, liquid organic hydrogen carriers, and emergency hydrogen refuelers.

U.S. Department of Energy Projects Win 32 R&D 100 Awards for 2016: R&D Magazine Awards Recognize Innovative Research with Commercial Potential

Mon, 11/07/2016 - 10:36
November 7, 2016U.S. Department of Energy Projects Win 32 R&D 100 Awards for 2016: R&D Magazine Awards Recognize Innovative Research with Commercial Potential

U.. Department of Energy (DOE) researchers have won 32 of the 100 awards given out this year by R&D Magazine and received a special recognition award for the most outstanding technology developments with promising commercial potential.

U.S. Department of Energy Projects Win 32 R&D 100 Awards for 2016

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 17:36
November 4, 2016U.S. Department of Energy Projects Win 32 R&D 100 Awards for 2016

R&D Magazine Awards Recognize Innovative Research with Commercial Potential

Process Converts Sewage to Biofuel

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 15:23
November 4, 2016Process Converts Sewage to Biofuel

Sewage sludge can be converted into biofuel, but it has long been considered a poor source for fuel because it is too wet. This may change with a new Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) hydrothermal liquefaction process funded by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO).

Webinar November 8: ElectroCat and HyMARC Lab Consortia Overview

Fri, 11/04/2016 - 09:52
November 4, 2016Webinar November 8: ElectroCat and HyMARC Lab Consortia Overview

The Fuel Cell Technologies Office (FCTO) will present a live webinar entitled "FCTO Lab Consortia Overview: ElectroCat and HyMARC" on Tuesday, November 8, from 12 to 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. This webinar will provide a summary of the organization of these consortia, their current/planned scientific activities and capabilities, and the role of individual projects selected to work with these consortia through the upcoming FY17 funding opportunity announcement.

Webinar November 7: Energy Materials Network (EMN) Lab Consortia Overview

Thu, 11/03/2016 - 09:44
November 3, 2016Webinar November 7: Energy Materials Network (EMN) Lab Consortia Overview

The Fuel Cell Technologies Office will present a live webinar entitled "Energy Materials Network (EMN) Lab Consortia Overview" on Monday, November 7, from 12 to 1 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. This webinar will provide an overview of DOE's newly launched Energy Materials Network and discuss how the EMN consortia operate and how they are being integrated into funding opportunity announcements intended for FY17.

Idaho National Laboratory to Enhance Power Grid Testing Capabilities

Wed, 11/02/2016 - 16:49
November 2, 2016Idaho National Laboratory to Enhance Power Grid Testing Capabilities

Essential services like power distribution require reliable service and continuous operations. The power grid on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Idaho Site is being transitioned to a more adaptive architecture to enable greater flexibility in testing new ideas and technologies.

U.S. Department of Energy Grand Junction Office Listed on National Register of Historic Places

Wed, 11/02/2016 - 12:45
November 2, 2016U.S. Department of Energy Grand Junction Office Listed on National Register of Historic Places

Grand Junction, Colorado – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Grand Junction Office (GJO) is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places in recognition of its important, historical roles in the Manhattan Project and the Cold War.

DOE still occupies part of the complex of buildings at 2591 Legacy Way on Orchard Mesa now owned by Riverview Technology Corporation. The listed site is a portion of the original 55.7-acre gravel mine purchased by the U.S. government in 1943 for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Manhattan Engineer District.

Lawrence Livermore Developed Hydrogen Sensors Put to Test at Southern California Refueling Stations

Mon, 10/31/2016 - 12:13
October 31, 2016Lawrence Livermore Developed Hydrogen Sensors Put to Test at Southern California Refueling Stations

As hydrogen fuel cell cars become commercially available and hydrogen refueling stations slowly begin to proliferate throughout California, government agencies are turning to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to help detect leaks that could lead to fire.

A Fresh New Look for Home Performance with ENERGY STAR

Fri, 10/28/2016 - 17:05
October 28, 2016A Fresh New Look for Home Performance with ENERGY STAR

Home Performance with ENERGY STAR has updated and enhanced its tools and resources to better guide homeowners down a pathway to improved comfort and utility bill savings.

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.