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Federal cloud professionals expand partnerships

All over the Federal government, IT experts and their bosses continue the search for new information and wisdom on the topic of cloud computing. On Thursday, attendees at an industry breakfast got a panel discussion from some of the top names in federal cloud computing.

Tags: technology , cloud computing , NASA , Chris Kemp , Pete Tseronis , DISA , Alfred Rivera , Casey Coleman , GSA , Max Cacas

Friday - 12/18/2009, 07:23am EST
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Navy, USDA, DoE want new biofuels technology

The Agriculture Department, the Energy Department and the Navy are turning to industry to try to leverage advanced technologies to produce a new generation of biofuels. A request for information they just issued says the private sector would have to match any federal funds the agencies spend. The three departments are willing to spend up to 500 million dollars to jumpstart an industry to produce fuels that could serve as drop-in replacements for jet fuel and diesel. The Navy is aiming to get half its energy from alternative sources by the year 2020.

Tags: technology , Navy , USDA , Meeting Mission Goals Through Technology

Monday - 09/19/2011, 03:58pm EDT

White House launches 4-pillar smart grid plan

The Obama administration released its policy framework for modernizing the nation's electric grid Monday. As has been the case in national strategies on other topics the White House has released recently, the administration wants the federal government to emphasize its role as a facilitator and standards author rather than a regulator.

Tags: White House , technology , cybersecurity , industry , Smart Grid , John Holdren , OSTP , Nancy Sutley , Stephen Chu , Jared Serbu

Monday - 06/13/2011, 09:02pm EDT

Sammies nominee creates eco-friendly building

A building that runs on almost no energy. It's not magic, it's called a net zero building -- and the Energy Department can now boast of creating the world's largest.

Tags: technology , Jeff Baker , Office of Laboratory Operations , green government , Sammies 2010 , Sammies , Partnership for Public Service , Dorothy Ramienski , DorobekInsider

Monday - 08/16/2010, 05:11pm EDT
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New Platinum Fuel Cells

A new form of platinum that could be used to make cheaper, more efficient fuel cells has been created by researchers at the Department of Energy's S-L-A-C National Accelerator Laboratory and the University of Houston. The process could help enable broader use of the devices, which produce emissions-free energy using hydrogen. Fuel cells hold significant promise for clean energy because the cell's only byproduct is water. But current fuel cell designs can require as much as 100 grams of platinum, pushing their price tags into the thousands of dollars. By tweaking platinum's reactivity, the researchers were able to curtail the amount of platinum required by 80 percent, and hope to soon reduce it by another 10 percent, greatly trimming away at the overall cost.

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Sunday - 05/02/2010, 11:42pm EDT

Digital Ants

The Pacific Northwest National Lab, part of the Department of Energy, says the Pentagon's computers experience more than five thousand cyber-attacks a day. Now the lab is working on a unique new way to fight cyber-threats with what it calls 'digital ants' that can digitally scurry through a network, cleaning up threats before they occur. The so-called "ants" can follow a virtual "trail" to the source of problems and retrieve information.

Tags: technology , Cyber Security Reports , cybersecurity

Sunday - 05/02/2010, 11:28pm EDT

ARPA-E seeks to change future energy technologies

New arm of the Department of Energy hopes to be what DARPA is for DoD.

Tags: technology , ARPA-E , Dr. Arun Majumdar , Dorothy Ramienski , innovation , DARPA , daily debrief , Energy

Friday - 04/30/2010, 08:00pm EDT
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Digital ants help fight cyber attacks

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, part of the Department of Energy, is developing digital ants -- yes, ants -- to help keep your agency's systems secure.

Tags: technology , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , Pacific Northwest National Laboratory , Dr. Deb Frinke , digital ants , Dorothy Ramienski , daily debrief

Thursday - 04/29/2010, 07:45pm EDT
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Energy Efficiency Retrofits

In observation of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, the Vice President's Office announced the selection of 25 communities for up to $452 million in Recovery Act funding to "ramp-up" energy efficiency building retrofits. Under a Department of Energy initiative, communities, governments, private sector companies and non-profits will work together on programs for concentrated retrofits of neighborhoods and towns - and eventually entire states. Meeting one of the Energy Department's missions, the models are expected to save households and businesses about a $100 million annually in utility bills, while leveraging private sector resources, to create what could be as many as 30,000 new jobs over the next three years.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission Goals Through Technology , Earth Day , Recovery Act ,

Monday - 04/26/2010, 11:21am EDT
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