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Keeping the lights on

On August 14, 2003, a software bug at a utility company brought New York City to its knees, and the resulting cascading effect ultimately forced the shutdown of more than 100 power plants (read more). Approximately 50 million people in 8 U.S. states and Canada experienced the worst blackout in North American history.

Research has been ongoing at the Department of Energy to improve our...

Related Topics: blackout, Dr. William Watson, energy, lights, North American, OSTI Homepage, power grids, power plants

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Department of Energy’s SunShot Projects

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Department of Energy’s SunShot Projects

The SunShot Initiative is a collaborative national effort to make solar energy cost competitive with other forms of energy by the end of the decade.  As part of the initiative, the Department announced seven data-driven projects that will bring to light new opportunities to lower costs and advance solar energy deployment in the U.S.A.  Former Energy Secretary Steven Chu said, “Through powerful analytical tools developed by our nation’s top universities and national labs, we can gain unparalleled insight into solar deployment that will help lower the cost of solar power and create new...

Related Topics: Chu, diffusion, DOE Green Energy, energy, green energy, power, solar, SunShot

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Wind Direction Forward

Wind-Energy - A Revitalized Pursuit was issued by Sandia Laboratories in 1974.  This report discusses challenges of the “energy crunch” and the U.S. goal to maintain high standards of living by developing “promising energy sources that are (1) vast, (2) environmentally acceptable, and (3) economically competitive.”  The authors felt that wind energy was a feasible solution. 

Devising ways to efficiently harness the wind is an ongoing pursuit of scientists around the world.  The wind mills of the past have evolved into high-tech wind...

Related Topics: energy, Sandia, showcase, wind

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Energy in the Forecast

If you can accurately predict the weather, you may be able to predict how much energy can be generated from wind turbines.  That was one objective of the “Great Plains Wind Energy Transmission Development Project,” completed in 2011, to “develop a wind energy forecast system, and demonstrate its efficacy in scheduling power output from wind farms in the Great Plains.”  The forecasting system described in the report was comprised of three elements, a software component using various weather prediction models, a wind...

Related Topics: energy, maps, OSTI collections, weather, wind, wind collection

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ETDEWEB World Energy Base

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ETDEWEB World Energy Base

Just in time for the summer heat, a refreshing new design of ETDEWEB World Energy Base!  New results screen and display options make your search experience cool.  (Registration may be required). See more records on your search results screen and don’t forget to use the new ‘…Show More’ to expand content.  Interested in full text?  Users may now limit their...

Related Topics: climate change, coal, conservation, energy, ETDEWEB, fossil, fuels, nuclear, r&d

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Fuel cell vehicle…working toward an enviro-friendly car of the future

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Fuel cell vehicle…working toward an enviro-friendly car of the future

Hydrogen fuel cells are being widely tested as a potential for meeting future transportation needs.

In the technical report, Controlled Hydrogen Fleet and Infrastructure Demonstration and Validation Project, available from the Information Bridge, the U.S. Department of Energy, Mercedes-Benz & Research Development, North America (MBRDNA), Chrysler, Daimler, Mercedes-Benz...

Related Topics: energy, fuel cells, Information Bridge (IB)

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Energy Quadrennial Technology Review Released

“The Department is uniquely situated to serve as a resource for energy and technology data, information, and analysis that can enhance understanding, operation and planning across all organizations… ."

— From the Energy Quadrennial Technology Review


"the Department’s role as a source of information… is unique and indispensible in the advancement of energy technologies.”

— From the media announcement regarding the Energy Quadrennial Technology Review


On September 27,...

Related Topics: 21st century, doe, energy, r&d, research, Technology

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DOE’s Solar Decathlon – Building the Future

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DOE’s Solar Decathlon – Building the Future

The Solar Decathlon is being held September 23–October 2, 2011, at the National Mall’s West Potomac Park in Washington, DC. The event is free and open to the public.

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon  challenges collegiate teams to design, build and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.

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Related Topics: biomass, collegiate, decathlon, DOE Green Energy, energy, geothermal, green, hydro, power, solar, synthetic fuels, wave, wind

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Strengthening America’s Energy Security

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Strengthening America’s Energy Security

Energy continues to be much in the news these days; rising gas prices affect all Americans – families feel the pinch at the pump, and businesses and farmers see the increased costs impact their bottom line.

The Obama Administration recently released a Blueprint for a Secure Energy Future (pdf) that outlines a comprehensive national energy policy that aims to: