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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.

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).