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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.

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission and Goals through Technology , Scott Carr ,

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.

Tags: In Depth , Francis Rose , Steven Chu , National Press Club , technology , management

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

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.

Tags: Federal Drive , technology , EPA , fuel economy

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.

Tags: Federal Drive , green technology , technology , contracting , Jim Brodrick , OLED , Suzanne Kubota

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

Tags: Federal Drive , technology , green technology , Smart Grid , Pacific Northwest National Laboratory , Rob Pratt

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

Tags: Federal Drive , collaboration , management , DHS , Energy , AWS , weatherBug , Bill Callahan , Suzanne Kubota

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

Tags: Must Reads , Dorobek Insider , contracting , stimulus funds , Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

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.

Tags: Federal Drive , Smart Grid , technology , Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project , Ron Melton

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

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission Goals Through Technology Report , Scott Carr

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

Tags: technology , Meeting Mission Goals Through Technology Report , Scott Carr

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