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Department of Energy News

Energy solid behind solid state OLEDs

The pilot facility will demonstrate the scalability of phosphorescent OLED technology and materials. DOE's Jim Brodrick explains how it works.

Tuesday - 11/02/2010, 10:15am EDT

Sepulveda named Chief Human Capitol Officer of the Year

The Office of Personnel Management gave the top award for Chief Human Capitol Officers of the Year to John U. Sepúlveda, assistant secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Friday - 10/22/2010, 07:08pm EDT

Obama orders improvement in education for Hispanics

Juan Sepulveda, the executive director for the White House initiative on educational excellence for Hispanics, spoke with Federal News Radio's Jason Miller about the impact of the Executive Order on the Department of Education, as well as other agencies.

Tuesday - 10/19/2010, 07:14pm EDT

Energy finds smart grid smarter than expected

A smart electrical power grid could decrease annual electric energy use and utility sector carbon emissions at least 12 percent by 2030. We get details from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Rob Pratt.

Monday - 10/18/2010, 09:31am EDT

White House hands out awards for green efforts

Subhead: Administration honors sustainability efforts by seven agencies with the 2010 GreenGov Presidential awards.

Thursday - 10/07/2010, 07:03pm EDT

GSA, Energy going alternative to run its buildings

DoE wants to make all of its roofs white or light color to help reduce the amount of heat buildings absorb. GSA is testing solar panels, geo-thermal and solar chimneys in different buildings around the country. The goal is to help reduce the government's $25 billion annual energy bill.

Wednesday - 10/06/2010, 07:30am EDT

Energy tests out hydrogen cars

The Department of Energy is testing out new hydrogen technology. Learn more about it through Federal News Radio's Greening of Government series.

Monday - 10/04/2010, 04:06pm EDT

A path forward for the Gulf Coast

This week Navy Secretary Ray Mabus released a report that calls for establishing a congressionally mandated Gulf Coast Restoration Task Force to coordinate federal, state and local actions to restore the Gulf after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Friday - 10/01/2010, 01:56pm EDT

WeatherBug would help Energy follow the fallout

During chemical, biological, and radiological/nuclear atmospheric releases, the more information available about which way the wind is blowing, the better. To that end, WeatherBug, DHS and DOE are working together. Details from WeatherBug's Bill Callahan.

Friday - 10/01/2010, 10:41am EDT

Competitive purchasing of energy could apply to individuals, groups

Reverse auctions -- in which the bidder is the seller -- have helped larges companies and cities save millions of dollars in energy costs and could be used for individuals and neighborhoods, according to a Southeastern Louisiana University professor in

Wednesday - 09/29/2010, 03:45pm EDT

OMB, CIO Council issues new IPv6 guidance

Agencies must make their data networks compliant with the IPv6 protocol now. The government and private industry face a looming crisis as Internet addresses defined by an increasingly dated technical protocol run out, possibly as early as next year. Agencies must first upgrade external servers to run the new protocol.

Tuesday - 09/28/2010, 03:50pm EDT

DOE IG questions renewables office's hiring, contracting

The Department of Energy's inspector general said DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy may have improperly hired a senior contract official and allowed officials to influence hiring by contractors, The New York Time reports.

Tuesday - 09/28/2010, 02:53pm EDT

Smart grid keeps getting smarter

The main work phase on the largest and most comprehensive project in the nation to demonstrate how the electric grid can be used more efficiently and made more reliable has begun. We get details from Ron Melton, Director of the project.

Thursday - 09/23/2010, 10:31am EDT

Naval Postgraduate School wins 'Best Overall Location'

The Naval Postgraduate School is the latest agency to win in our Best of the Federal Government series.

Sunday - 09/19/2010, 07:48pm EDT

Monitoring Networks for Advanced Power Systems Selected

Fossil fuel power plants generate about two-thirds of the world's total electricity, and are expected to continue to play an important role in the years ahead. But, increasing energy demands worldwide means that there will be a need to better monitor power plants for signs of age and inefficiency, while stricter emission requirements will require higher levels of performance, capacity, and efficiency.

The U.S. Department of Energy is about to fund five projects that will develop technologically sophisticated monitoring networks for advanced fossil energy power systems.

The projects will support efforts by the Office of Fossil Energy's Advanced Research-Coal Utilization Science Program. They'll study new ways to develop and validate models of these networks; and the wireless, self-powered sensors used for advanced, next-generation power systems. They'll monitor the status of equipment, the degradation of materials, and the conditions that impact the overall health of any one component or system in the harsh high-temperature, highly corrosive environments of advanced power plants.

These advanced networks will help enhance the overall reliability, performance, and availability of emerging near-zero emissions power production systems.

$6.5 million will be invested in the projects, with nearly $5 million from the Energy Department and the remaining $1.5 million in cost share provided by the recipients.

Tuesday - 09/14/2010, 11:56am EDT

Vote: Which agency has the best overall location?

Vote today in our Best of the Federal Government series.

Friday - 09/10/2010, 05:09pm EDT

Lamp Life Extended

Technology developed at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Lab will extend the life of light-emitting diode lamps. The invention could save U.S. municipalities millions of dollars every year in replacement fixture costs and maintenance, as the lamps are increasingly in demand for uses such as street lights and parking garage lighting. New graphite foam technology has been licensed to LED North America, which specializes in providing LED lighting products for municipal, commercial and industrial applications. Cooling LED lamps is critical to increasing their efficiency, considering that each 10-degree decrease in temperature can double the life of the lighting components. The newly licensed graphite foam offers many advantages over comparable heat sink materials such as copper and aluminum.

Friday - 09/03/2010, 11:46am EDT

Paraffin Used to Make Lower Cost Batteries

A little wax and soap will help build electrodes for cheaper lithium ion batteries. According to a study in an August issue of Nano Letters, a new one-step method will allow battery developers to explore lower-priced alternatives to popular lithium ion-metal oxide batteries. Consumers use them in everything from cell phones to toothbrushes, and they're being tried in automobiles. But, most lithium ion batteries available today are designed with an OXIDE of metal such as cobalt, nickel, or manganese which are relatively heavy and expensive. Scientists with the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Lab have been experimenting with cheaper metals and the more stable phosphate in place of oxide. Researchers say, paraffin can provide a good medium in which to grow lighter, cheaper electrode materials.

Monday - 08/30/2010, 07:29pm EDT

Software Rapidly Detects Water Contamination

Scientists with the Environmental Protection Agency have collaborated with the Department of Energy to develop new water quality software that enhances a local water system's ability to know when it's been intentionally, or unintentionally, contaminated. It assists both agencies in meeting goals connected to homeland security. Utilities can use the Canary software - in conjunction with a network of sensors - to quickly detect contamination, more accurately assess when and how to respond, and then issue warnings to customers if necessary. The software can help detect chemical and biological contaminants, including pesticides, metals, and pathogens. Canary is available worldwide as a free software tool to drinking water utilities. The software is currently being used by more than 600 users in 15 countries.

Monday - 08/30/2010, 07:26pm EDT

Weakest link in federal hiring is at the start

In federal hiring, officials always have to strike a balance: fill the job as quickly as possible, while looking for the right candidate from as big a pool of applicants as possible. A new report suggests evaluating candidates is the weakest part of the entire hiring process.

Friday - 08/27/2010, 07:39am EDT
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