Oak Ridge to Acquire Next Generation Supercomputer

The U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility has signed a contract with IBM to bring a next-generation supercomputer to Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Combining 'Tinkertoy' Materials with Solar Cells for Increased Photovoltaic Efficiency

Researchers at Sandia National Laboratories have received a $1.2 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy's SunShot Initiative to develop a technique that they believe will significantly improve the efficiencies of photovoltaic materials and help make solar electricity cost-competitive with other sources of energy.

Skidmore College's Solar Array Completed, Generating Power

On a day that looked as if the sun might take time off, Skidmore College and community leaders gathered to celebrate the completion of Skidmore's solar array. The sun came out when the ribbon was cut.

Energy Department Supports Iowa State Studies of Concrete for Taller Wind Turbine Towers

A Department of Energy grant will allow Iowa State University's Sri Sritharan to continue to research and develop taller wind turbine towers made from high-strength concrete.

Carbon Sequestration Research Continues at Sandia Labs Under Energy Department Funds

Sandia researchers are sharing a four-year, $12 million Department of Energy research contract on the long-term geologic sequestration of carbon. The contract from the department's Office of Science funds research by the Center for Frontiers of Subsurface Energy Security.

High Flux Isotope Reactor Named Nuclear Historic Landmark

The High Flux Isotope Reactor, or HFIR, has been designated a Nuclear Historic Landmark by the American Nuclear Society.

Boise State University Energy Policy Institute Team Awarded International Atomic Energy Agency Contract

Researchers will develop a comprehensive decision framework for assessing the deployment of small and medium-sized nuclear reactors (SMRs).

CHORUS Looks Forward to Working with the Department of Energy to Advance Access to Research

The Department of Energy (DOE) announced that it will be collaborating with the Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States (CHORUS) as a component of its model for providing public access to peer-reviewed articles that report on DOE-funded research. CHORUS is a collaborative service developed by the not-for-profit organization CHOR, Inc. to provide easy public access to scholarly works.

Funding Renewed for Brookhaven's Center for Emergent Superconductivity

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced an extension of funding totaling $14 million over four years for the Center for Emergent Superconductivity, an Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) led by Brookhaven Lab with partners from the University of Illinois and Argonne National Laboratory.

Knoxville Startup Fiveworx Licenses ORNL Energy Analysis Tool

Knoxville-based Fiveworx has licensed a technology that will help consumers reduce their utility bills by analyzing their home energy usage.

Sustainable Energy Is Focus of Plenary Talks at American Chemical Society Meeting

Advances in renewable and sustainable energy, including mimicking photosynthesis and optimizing lithium-ion batteries, are the topics of three plenary talks at the 247th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, taking place here through Thursday. The presentations will be held on Sunday, March 16, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Ballroom A of the Dallas Convention Center.

Missouri S&T Modular Reactor Consortium Funds Two Initiatives

Missouri's multi-university Small Modular Reactor (SMR) Research and Education Consortium, led by Missouri University of Science and Technology, has selected its first two research initiatives for funding.

New Research Facility Will Address Wind Farm Underperformance, Turbine-to-Turbine Interaction

Scaled Wind Farm Technology (SWiFT) is collaboration between Texas Tech National Wind Institute, Department of Energy, Sandia, Vestas and Group NIRE.

Energy Dept. Funds UW Project to Turn Wasted Natural Gas Into Diesel

The U.S. Department of Energy this month awarded a group led by the University of Washington $4 million to develop bacteria that can turn the methane in natural gas into diesel fuel for transportation.

GE Partners with Virginia Tech Engineers to Improve Wind Energy Efficiency

The Advanced Research Project Agency - Energy, an agency within the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), is funding a $3.7 million project proposed by GE that has partnered with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), along with members of Virginia Tech's Aerospace and Ocean Engineering Department. The goal is to develop wind turbine blades that produce power with higher efficiency and lower costs.

Grant to Help Develop Solar-Powered Charging Stations for Plug-in Vehicles

A foundation for engineering and construction firm Black & Veatch has awarded Kansas State University a $200,000 grant to help develop solar-powered charging stations for electric and hybrid vehicles.

Johns Hopkins Researchers Aim to Boost the Flow of Wind Energy into the Power Grid

Johns Hopkins engineers will lead multinational teams in devising better ways to design and manage large-scale harvesting of intermittent power from the wind and other renewable energy sources.

Three Materials Could Hold the Key to Future Hydrogen Cars

New research funded by the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award looks at how to safely and efficiently store hydrogen - one of the key problems preventing hydrogen from being used as an alternative fuel. Award recipient Timo Thonhauser of Wake Forest University explores whether magnesium borohydride, ammonia borane, and alkanes could be used to create a safe and efficient hydrogen storage solution.

International Study of Impacts of Biofuel Production

Michigan Technological University leads a team of scientists from four countries in an NSF-funded study of the social and environmental impacts of biofuel production. They hope to help countries develop policies to maximize the benefits and minimize the negative effects.

American Chemical Society Documents Key Advances Toward Sustainable National Meetings: First Report of Its Kind From Any Organization

The American Chemical Society (ACS), the world's largest scientific society, today documented significant progress toward conserving energy and water, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions and waste generation at its internationally known annual meetings during 2011.

NDSU and COMSATS to Develop Solar Water Heating System for Harsh Climates

Researchers from North Dakota State University, Fargo, and COMSATS Institute of Information Technology, Islamabad, Pakistan, are working together to design a solar water heating system for harsh climates, using carbon dioxide and a direct expansion heat pump for operation in subfreezing conditions.

NSF Invests $20 Million in Iowa's Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Research

The NSF is investing $20 million to build Iowa's research capacity in sustainable energy systems. Iowa's public universities -- Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and the University of Northern Iowa -- will make up the core of the project.

UT Leads Charge to Smart Grid with NSF-DOE Award

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will be at the forefront of research, education, and technology for sustainable energy systems with a five-year, $18 million award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

Rye for Biomass May Fit Into Corn and Soybean Rotations

A new research project at South Dakota State University looks at growing rye for biomass as part of a corn and soybean rotation.

Washington and Lee University to Install Virginia's Largest Solar Energy System

Washington and Lee University has signed an agreement with Secure Futures L.L.C., a solar-energy developer based in Staunton, Va., to install two solar photovoltaic arrays, totaling approximately 450 kilowatts, at two separate locations on the W&L campus.