Quantcast
Last updated on April 24, 2014 at 1:21 EDT

Latest Department of Energy Stories

2011-01-07 14:09:00

Federal Tax Credits Provide Additional Relief WASHINGTON Jan. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Winter's chill pervades much of the nation, and escalating gas prices are putting their own chill down the spines of U.S. consumers. But until the spring thaw arrives, simple energy-efficiency steps at home and on the road - potentially supplemented by federal income tax credits for specific energy-efficiency home improvements - can take the sting out of high energy bills, says the Alliance to...

2010-12-21 23:28:34

December is a time for twinkling lights, and scientists at the Department of Energy's Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility are delivering. They've just produced a long-sought, rare color of laser light 100 times brighter than that generated anywhere else. The light was produced by Jefferson Lab's Free-Electron Laser facility. The laser delivered vacuum ultraviolet light in the form of 10 eV photons (a wavelength of 124 nanometers). This color of light is called vacuum ultraviolet...

6b4e67f5a7d872ca5e7c90a567882a1e1
2010-12-20 14:02:31

Study gathers comprehensive wind info to improve renewable energy Meteorological equipment typically used to monitor storms could help power grid operators know when to expect winds that will send turbine blades spinning, as well as help them avoid the sudden stress that spinning turbines could put on the electrical grid. "We know that the wind will blow, but the real challenge is to know when and how much," said atmospheric scientist Larry Berg. "This project takes an interesting approach...

b023424dd2d4b396bc379b132f7865e71
2010-12-15 08:37:34

Locke Island is a small island in a bend of the Columbia River in eastern Washington that plays a special role in the culture of the local Indian tribes. Since the 1970s, however, it has been eroding away at a rate that has alarmed tribal leaders. The island is part of the Hanford Reservation, which is managed by the Department of Energy. So the DOE has turned to a team of researchers headed by David Furbish, professor of earth and environmental sciences (E&ES) at Vanderbilt, to study the...

2010-12-14 09:52:00

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Dec. 14, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- WD Partners, a customer experience expert for food and retail brands, announces it has signed a multi-year contract with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) to develop a high performance Home Depot store in California through the Department of Energy's Commercial Building Partnership (CBP). CBP projects put cutting-edge building techniques and technologies on the fast-track to wide-spread commercial use. The team will design and...

2010-12-09 20:06:18

High-resolution video shows how batteries wear out over time New high resolution images of electrode wires made from materials used in rechargeable lithium ion batteries shows them contorting as they become charged with electricity. The thin, nano-sized wires writhe and fatten as lithium ions flow in during charging, according to a paper in this week's issue of the journal Science. The work suggests how rechargeable batteries eventually give out and might offer insights for building better...

2010-12-07 08:16:06

The Department of Energy and NASA signed Administrative Orders on Consent (AOC) with the California Environmental Protection Agency today that define the process for the characterization and cleanup end-state of portions of the Santa Susana Field Laboratory (SSFL). The agreements come after more than 10 months of negotiations and extensive public comment on the conceptual framework for cleanup outlined in the Agreement in Principle and additional public comment on the legally enforceable...

2010-12-02 08:47:00

IRVINE, Calif. and FULTON, Miss., Dec. 2, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- BlueFire Renewables, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: BFRE), a company focused on changing the world's transportation fuel paradigm through the production of renewable fuels from non-food cellulosic wastes, is pleased to show progress in deploying Recovery Act dollars received from the Department of Energy (DOE). Photos of ongoing site work may be viewed by visiting BlueFire's website here at...

2010-11-23 21:09:58

A systematic study of phase changes in vanadium dioxide has solved a mystery that has puzzled scientists for decades, according to researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Scientists have known that vanadium dioxide exhibits several competing phases when it acts as an insulator at lower temperatures. However, the exact nature of the phase behavior has not been understood since research began on vanadium dioxide in the early 1960s. Alexander Tselev, a research...

2010-11-11 15:31:00

PLYMOUTH, Minn., Nov. 11, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Once Innovations, Inc. (ONCE), a Minnesota based LED technology developer received a response from the Department of Energy (DOE) to its request for documents detailing how ENERGY STAR® requirements are established for LED lighting. ONCE made the request on January 4, 2010 under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The DOE response was dated September 23, 2010. In particular, ONCE requested information the DOE relied on as...