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Department of Energy News

Gasification Website Is Launched

A new public website has been launched by the Department of Energy designed to promote a better understanding of gasification technology - an increasingly popular alternative to converting feedstocks like coal and biomass into useful products such as electricity or fuels. Officials say gasification is anticipated to be the technology of choice for future near zero-emissions, coal-based plants that produce power, fuels, and chemicals. The process uses heat, pressure, and steam to convert ANY carbon-based raw material into synthesized gas, which can then be refined into pure hydrogen, transformed into liquid transportation fuels, or used to create electricity. The website - dubbed Gasifipedia - contains both introductory and in-depth information. You'll find the new Gasifipedia through the department's Energy Lab website at www.netl.doe.gov.

Monday - 08/09/2010, 02:25pm EDT

CO2 Injection Project

The Department of Energy and Natural Resources Canada will spend a total of $5.2 million dollars to bring a benchmark carbon dioxide injection project to a successful conclusion next year. The two governments will renew funding for the a CO2 Monitoring and Storage project. Under the project, carbon dioxide taken from a Gasification synfuels plant in North Dakota is delivered - via a 200-mile pipeline - to Canadian oil fields where the gas is injected roughly five-thousand feet underground. The gas forces oil into wells where it can be harvested, nearly tripling oil production. The project reduces greenhouse gas emissions while also demonstrating clean energy innovation. A projected total of 40 million tons of CO2 will be stored - and over 200 million additional barrels of oil are expected to be recovered - through the project by the year 2035.

Monday - 08/09/2010, 02:24pm EDT

Viruses found embedded in smartphone apps

DOE raises concern over safety of electric grid

Tuesday - 08/03/2010, 08:30am EDT

Cutting-edge research projects change face of energy

The Energy Department has awarded $92 million for 43 cutting-edge research projects aimed at improving how Americans use and produce energy. Dr. Arun Majumdar, the Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency, tells us why these organizations were awarded the money.

Monday - 08/02/2010, 05:04pm EDT
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Architecting Defense-in-Detail

August 11th at 11:05am

The DoD GIG IA Portfolio Management Office (GIAP) has learned through experience that mission critical networks are contested, violated, infiltrated and penetrated, leading to significant risks to US interests. The U.S. critical infrastructure has evolved from a ‘network enabled' position to one that is now ‘network dependent.' No aspect of the national critical infrastructure operates without extensive use of information technology, and it is this very fact that makes our networks such a high priority target for adversaries.

The need for secure, self-aware, proactively managed defense mechanisms has never been more critical. Commercially available technologies, when combined with research and development done by both the government and the private sector, represent the best possible approach for combating the types of threats our critical infrastructure is facing today.

Monday - 08/02/2010, 12:34pm EDT
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New federal energy policy may get more electric vehicles on roads

The Obama administration crafted the comprehensive New Energy for America Plan.

Tuesday - 07/27/2010, 11:56am EDT

Energy hopes green roofs spread like weeds

What's white and green and efficient all over? DOE hopes it's your roof.

Tuesday - 07/27/2010, 10:31am EDT
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Energy Secretary and others head for the dunk tank

Energy announces plans to host officials from several federal agencies to raise awareness and donations for the July collection of the "Feds Feed Families" nationwide food drive.

Monday - 07/26/2010, 01:42pm EDT
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Document classification system under review

In the government, it's said that nothing has more endurance, or lasts longer than a document stamped "top secret". A presidential advisory panel tasked with developing a newly streamlined classification and declassification system for the government wrestled with one proposal to get rid of one existing category all together.

Monday - 07/26/2010, 06:45am EDT
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New Batteries Provide Shorter Recharge Times

New battery materials developed by the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Lab and a Maryland company could enable electric vehicles, power tools and even cell phones to recharge in minutes rather than hours. In collaboration with a Princeton University researcher, the Lab has demonstrated that small quantities of graphene - an ultra-thin sheet of carbon atoms - can dramatically improve the power and stability of lithium-ion batteries, while maintaining high energy storage capacity. The pioneering work could lead to the development of batteries that store larger amounts of energy and recharge quickly. Today, a typical cell phone battery takes between two and five hours to fully recharge. Researchers think using new battery materials with graphene could cut recharge time to less than 10 minutes.

Wednesday - 07/21/2010, 02:33pm EDT

Proposed Battery Revolutionizes Century-Old Technology

The University of California San Diego along with General Atomics are about to begin work on developing a new kind of flow battery technology that pumps chemicals through a battery cell when electricity is needed. The development of the battery would revolutionize current century-old lead-acid battery technology - creating low cost, high efficiency and reliability needed for use on the smart electrical power grid. This project is receiving $2 million dollars in funding through the U.S. Department of Energy and APRA-E, the Advanced Project Research Agency devoted to Energy research. The goal is the production of a battery that can be scaled for grid-scale energy storage but which costs less and performs far longer than current technologies.

Wednesday - 07/21/2010, 02:29pm EDT

Grants Fund Study of Alternative Refrigeration

A Milwaukee-based company is about to begin research on an alternative form of refrigeration for cooling buildings, under a $2-point-nine million dollar energy research grant funded through the federal stimulus package. Using a solid state cooling technology, the privately held Astronautics Corporation of America will research a type of magnetic refrigeration that does not rely on a liquid-based refrigerant. Energy Department officials say, if successful, the breakthrough system could achieve significant energy efficiency, greatly reducing system operating costs compared to conventional compression systems, in addition to producing zero greenhouse gases. In all, $30 million dollars in grant money is being given to 17 different projects around the country that focus on a variety of novel approaches to air-conditioning.

Wednesday - 07/21/2010, 02:26pm EDT

The fight over luxury showerheads

Learn more about the DOE's efforts to regulate luxury showerheads

Wednesday - 07/21/2010, 01:40pm EDT

DOE gets social

DOE starts Twitter, Facebook accounts

Tuesday - 07/20/2010, 01:07pm EDT

China passes U.S. as world's biggest energy consumer

China is now the world's biggest energy consumer.

Monday - 07/19/2010, 01:54pm EDT

Building Government's Future Infrastructure-"Progress & Best Practices"

August 24th

Program will discuss the progress report on on agency infrastructure modernization at FAA-DISA-Interior, whether concepts such as Virtualization-Cloud Computing & Social networking tools being incorporated in plans, critical issues on optimizing government's infrastructure, lessons learned, and the vision for the future.

Wednesday - 07/14/2010, 06:28pm EDT

Energy awards $92 million in clean-tech grants

43 projects will be funded.

Tuesday - 07/13/2010, 01:31pm EDT

DOE analyst takes science beyond textbook

We continue our Sammies Tracker series, speaking to finalists in this year's Service to America Medals from the Partnership for Public Service

Monday - 07/12/2010, 10:40am EDT
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New Smart Electric Vehicles Being Introduced in U.S.

Smart USA, which recently debuted its smart for two electric vehicle or EV , will deploy a fleet of 250 of them across the U.S. in October. The company says it will target key cities leading in electrification and Department of Energy grant areas, but it hasn't yet released its list of cities. Smart USA is looking for partnerships and is targeting companies, municipalities, organizations, and individuals interested in making a statement on conservation and environmental awareness. The Electric Vehicles are powered by a 30 kilowatt drive motor and a 16.5 kilowatt/hour lithium ion battery; can be fully recharged in about eight hours with a 220 volt outlet. The vehicles can reach highway speeds of 60 miles an hour and offer a range of 82 miles on a single charge.

Friday - 07/09/2010, 11:39am EDT

DOE Constructing the World's Brightest Light

The Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Lab is constructing the world's most brilliant light source, the National Synchrotron Light Source II. In a recent decision, DOE approved a new project to begin the conceptual design of experimental tools needed to complete the project.

Its research potential will only be realized when equipped with scientific instruments known as beamlines. Specialized magnets called insertion devices will create the light used by the most advanced of the beamlines.

Energy officials say, as the world's most brilliant light source, NSLS II will foster groundbreaking scientific advances. The new source will give scientists the ability to image materials down to a nanometer, or one billionth of a meter. The facility is expected to start operating in 2015.

Friday - 07/09/2010, 11:38am EDT
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