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Department of Energy News

Supercomputers Used to Solve Impossible Problems

The Department of Energy has given out the largest ever awards of the Department's supercomputing time to 57 innovative research projects. Computer simulations will be used to perform virtual experiments that in most cases would be impossible or impractical. Using two world-leading supercomputers with a computational capacity roughly equal to 135,000 laptops, officials say the research could, for example, help speed the development of more efficient solar cells, make improvements in the production of biofuels, or develop medications that can help slow the progression of certain diseases. Selected projects were chosen for their potential to advance scientific discoveries, speed technological innovations, and strengthen industrial competitiveness.

Tuesday - 12/14/2010, 05:39pm EST

Chu: "Sputnik moment" for clean energy research

Energy Secretary said China's growing innovation should spur US to ramp up investment in clean energy, despite a shift in Washington on climate change.

Tuesday - 11/30/2010, 08:02pm EST

AFFIRM panel: How to stay innovative

The AFFIRM panel discusses how to stay innovative.

Thursday - 11/18/2010, 03:57pm EST
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Agencies are successfully chopping hiring times down

The Department of Housing and Urban Development went from being the poster child for the dysfunctional federal hiring process to being a model of what others are striving for.

Wednesday - 11/17/2010, 07:45pm EST
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Hiring time cut at some agencies

WFED's Jason Miller describes efforts at some agencies to cut hiring time.

Wednesday - 11/17/2010, 06:02pm EST
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HUD shows how hiring reform can work

Many agencies have reduced the time it takes to hire a new employee. DoD, Energy and VA are among the departments that have made the most progress over the last year. OPM Director John Berry said a full government-wide look will not be available until early 2011.

Wednesday - 11/17/2010, 03:22pm EST
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DOE and EPA get mileage out of fuel guide

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) released the 2011 Fuel Economy Guide, providing consumers with information about estimated mileage and fuel costs for model year 2011 vehicles. EPA's Karl Simon joins us with details.

Friday - 11/12/2010, 09:31am EST
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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