DoE wants fuel effcient American vehicles

One thing sure to help the continued expansion of automotive innovation that focuses on greener outcomes is continued public/private partnerships.

The mysterious story of the battery startup that promised GM a 200-mile electric car

Untested small suppliers almost never get in the door of the world’s major automakers. This is fascinating story about Department of Energy backed Envia Systems, General Motors, and the battery technology that wasn't all it claimed to be, in a big way.

US DoE eyes support for ocean energy

Sixteen million dollars is a pittance in the larger energy scheme, but for wave and new tidal technologies in their infancy, every little bit of help is surely appreciated.

Geothermal to inch forward in 2013

A story popped up in my “geothermal power” feed on Sunday with the headline: “DOE set to award 4 renewable energy contracts.”

Titan supercomputer debuts

The Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory has today unveiled its new supercomputer Titan, claimed to be the world's most powerful system.

Camera begins search for secret of dark energy

The newly-built Dark Energy Camera in Chile - the most powerful digital camera in the world - has captured its first images, as part of an effort to understand why the expansion of the universe is speeding up.

DOE hub gets $120M to build a better battery

So, increasingly, we've got this whole renewable energy thing going on. But integrating all that new solar and wind power into the power grid remains a challenge. 


World's first atomic X-ray laser created

Department of Energy scientists have built the world's hottest laser, delivering temperatures hotter than the corona of the sun.

The way forward for offshore wind power

If even some small portion of the vast offshore wind potential the United States holds is ever accessed, it's going to need to be integrated into the grid (or, more likely, grids). 

How's that going to be pulled off?

Biomass jet fuel takes off

Seattle biofuel producer Imperium Renewables and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) are developing a new catalytic process to convert biomass-based alcohols to drop-in jet biofuels.

Miniature nuclear reactor designed for use on other planets

Engineers from NASA and the US Department of Energy (DOE) are working on a suitcase-sized nuclear reactor for use on the moon and other planets.

DOE says biomass energy is plentiful and green

The nation can vastly increase the amount of energy it gets from biomass-derived sources without jeopardizing - and possibly even helping - the environment.

Fuel cells, hydrogen storage get DOE bump

Four fuel cell and hydrogen storage research and development projects are getting a $7 million boost from the Obama administration.

DOE funds carbon capture in Virginia

Virginia Tech researchers plan to inject some 20,000 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) into a coalbed methane field in southwest Virginia, as part of a Department of Energy project.

Sunlight-to-hydrogen system demonstrated

Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have successfully demonstrated a biohybrid photoconversion system that can convert visible light into hydrogen fuel.