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Released: 23-Jun-2021 3:25 PM EDT
DOE Announces $22 Million for Energy Research Projects in Underserved Regions
Department of Energy, Office of Science

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced $22 million in funding for nine projects covering a range of energy research topics from grid integration, solar energy, wind energy, and advanced manufacturing.

Newswise: Quest, PPPL’s annual research magazine, highlights breakthroughs and discoveries during the past year
Released: 23-Jun-2021 2:15 PM EDT
Quest, PPPL’s annual research magazine, highlights breakthroughs and discoveries during the past year
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

News release on the publication of PPPL's Quest magazine features achievements of the laboratory over the past year.

Released: 23-Jun-2021 6:05 AM EDT
A Novel Energy Storage Solution Featuring Pipes and Anchors
International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

What do pipes and anchors have to do with storing energy? More than you might think! A new IIASA-led study explored the potential of a lesser known, but promising sustainable energy storage system called Buoyancy Energy Storage.

Newswise: How to Make Lithium-ion Batteries Invincible
Released: 22-Jun-2021 5:55 PM EDT
How to Make Lithium-ion Batteries Invincible
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Berkeley Lab scientists have made significant progress in developing battery cathodes using a new class of materials that provide batteries with the same if not higher energy density than conventional lithium-ion batteries but can be made of inexpensive and abundant metals. Known as DRX, which stands for disordered rocksalts with excess lithium, this novel family of materials was invented less than 10 years ago and allows cathodes to be made without nickel or cobalt.

Newswise: Schoch Named PNNL Chief Communications Officer
Released: 22-Jun-2021 3:55 PM EDT
Schoch Named PNNL Chief Communications Officer
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Amanda Schoch, an experienced national intelligence communications strategist, tapped to lead PNNL Communications

Released: 22-Jun-2021 2:35 PM EDT
Department of Energy Announces $28.9 Million for Research to Develop Advanced Chemical Sciences Software
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $28.9 million in funding for nine research projects to advance the development of sophisticated software for the chemical sciences.

Released: 22-Jun-2021 2:25 PM EDT
Department of Energy Announces 2021 Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award Call for Nominations
Department of Energy, Office of Science

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has issued a call for nominations for the 2021 Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award, one of the longest running and most prestigious science and technology awards given by the U.S. Government.

Released: 22-Jun-2021 12:35 PM EDT
Self-assembly of stimuli-responsive coiled-coil fibrous hydrogels
NYU Tandon School of Engineering

Jin Kim Montclare, professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering led a team who previously reported a responsive hydrogel formed using a coiled-coil protein. The team expanded their studies to identify the gelation of Q protein at distinct temperatures and pH conditions.

Newswise: Transforming CO2 and Sugars Into Biofuel
Released: 22-Jun-2021 11:40 AM EDT
Transforming CO2 and Sugars Into Biofuel
University of Delaware

With a $2.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), UD Professor Eleftherios (Terry) Papoutsakis is developing a system to produce bioenergy from a mix of microbes that can convert carbon dioxide into useful chemicals.

Newswise: Synthetic Tree Enhances Solar Steam Generation for Harvesting Drinking Water
22-Jun-2021 8:30 AM EDT
Synthetic Tree Enhances Solar Steam Generation for Harvesting Drinking Water
American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Solar steam generation has emerged as a promising renewable energy technology for water harvesting, desalination, and purification that could benefit people who need it most in remote communities, disaster-relief areas, and developing nations. In Applied Physics Letters, researchers inspired by mangrove trees thriving along coastlines developed a synthetic tree to enhance SSG, replacing capillary action with transpiration, the process of water movement through a plant and its evaporation from leaves, stems, and flowers.

Newswise: Solar energy from the deep repository
Released: 22-Jun-2021 7:05 AM EDT
Solar energy from the deep repository
Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

During the winter months, renewable energy is in short supply throughout Europe. An international project is now considering an unconventional solution: Renewable hydrogen and carbon dioxide are pumped into the ground together, where naturally occurring microorganisms convert the two substances into methane, the main component of natural gas.

Newswise: Argonne’s turning 75: Join the celebration!
Released: 21-Jun-2021 10:05 AM EDT
Argonne’s turning 75: Join the celebration!
Argonne National Laboratory

Three virtual public events during the week of June 28 will mark Argonne’s 75th anniversary. Events will spotlight U.S. Department of Energy national user facilities; the next 75 years; the road to decarbonization; and a lighthearted look at the lab.

Newswise: Alex Harris Named Energy Sciences Director at Brookhaven Lab
Released: 21-Jun-2021 8:05 AM EDT
Alex Harris Named Energy Sciences Director at Brookhaven Lab
Brookhaven National Laboratory

UPTON, NY—The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory has named Alex Harris as Director of the Lab’s Energy Sciences Department, effective May 1, 2021. In his new position, Harris will manage several divisions of the Laboratory, including the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, the Chemistry Division, and the Condensed Matter Physics and Materials Science Division.

Newswise: Driving clean-energy research in the right direction
Released: 17-Jun-2021 5:50 PM EDT
Driving clean-energy research in the right direction
Los Alamos National Laboratory

Fuel cells, part of a promising path toward zero-emission vehicles, are making progress at overcoming some specific challenges on the road to powering heavy-duty vehicles.

Released: 17-Jun-2021 1:45 PM EDT
Changing a 2D Material’s Symmetry Can Unlock Its Promise
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

In research published today in Nature Nanotechnology, a team of materials scientists and engineers, led by Jian Shi, an associate professor of materials science and engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, used a strain gradient in order to break inversion symmetry, creating a novel optoelectronic phenomenon in the promising material molybdenum disulfide (MoS2) — for the first time.

Newswise: Computers Help Researchers Find Materials to Turn Solar Power Into Hydrogen
Released: 16-Jun-2021 2:40 PM EDT
Computers Help Researchers Find Materials to Turn Solar Power Into Hydrogen
Penn State Institute for Computational and Data Sciences

A Penn State-led team of researchers report they have taken a step toward overcoming the challenge of inexpensive hydrogen production by using supercomputers to find materials that could help accelerate hydrogen separation when water is exposed to light, a process called photocatalysis.

Released: 16-Jun-2021 1:50 PM EDT
Department of Energy Announces $4 Million for Isotope R&D
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $4 million in funding for 10 awards across 5 efforts to advance R&D for isotope production. This funding is part of a key federal program that produces critical isotopes otherwise unavailable or in short supply for U.S. science, medicine, and industry.

Newswise: A Cousin of Table Salt Could Make Energy Storage Faster and Safer
Released: 16-Jun-2021 10:10 AM EDT
A Cousin of Table Salt Could Make Energy Storage Faster and Safer
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Scientists have found that lithium vanadium oxide can rapidly charge and discharge energy. The material has a structure similar to table salt but with a more random atomic arrangement. It charges and discharges without growing lithium metal “dendrites” that can cause dangerous short circuits. This could lead to safer, faster-charging batteries for electric vehicles.

Released: 16-Jun-2021 3:05 AM EDT
How should governments offer subsidies for clean-energy heating?
Aalto University

Many countries are already looking to adopt clean heating solutions more widely, with the International Energy Agency projecting that by 2045 nearly half of global heating will be done with heat pumps. A new study from Aalto University assesses the impact of heat pumps on energy consumption as well as how heat pumps should be subsidised.

Newswise: NUS and NTU launch first-of-its-kind tropical data centre testbed
Released: 15-Jun-2021 11:05 PM EDT
NUS and NTU launch first-of-its-kind tropical data centre testbed
National University of Singapore

NUS and NTU will lead a new Sustainable Tropical Data Centre Testbed to pioneer green and efficient cooling solutions for data centres in the tropics.The S$23 million research programme is supported by key stakeholders in Singapore’s data centre industry.

Newswise: Internships Put Futures in Flight
Released: 15-Jun-2021 6:05 PM EDT
Internships Put Futures in Flight
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

PNNL intern Ki Ahn spent this past year as an undergraduate at PNNL gaining hands-on research experience in clean energy storage technologies for vehicles and aviation. Ahn is enrolling in Stanford University this fall to finish his bachelor’s degree. With plans to major in mechanical engineering or computer science, he wants to explore how future aircraft technologies can be designed to reduce harmful environmental effects.

Newswise: Researchers Poised To Deliver Key Scientific Findings In The Fast Lane
Released: 15-Jun-2021 4:25 PM EDT
Researchers Poised To Deliver Key Scientific Findings In The Fast Lane
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

PPPL forges ahead with development of streaming media to provide rapid analysis of key findings of remote fusion experiments.

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Released: 15-Jun-2021 4:05 PM EDT
Efficient Dehumidifier Makes Air Conditioning a Breeze
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

New energy-efficient dehumidifier technology holds promise to reduce energy consumption in residential A/C systems and increase the range of electric vehicles.

Newswise: Renowned Physicist Steps Down from Theory Department Leadership at PPPL to Devote Full Time to Teaching and Research
Released: 15-Jun-2021 2:35 PM EDT
Renowned Physicist Steps Down from Theory Department Leadership at PPPL to Devote Full Time to Teaching and Research
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Physicist Amitava Bhattacharjee steps down as head of the PPPL Theory Department that he has transformed during nine years of leadership.

Newswise: Scientists Discover How Oxygen Loss Saps a Lithium-ion Battery’s Voltage
Released: 14-Jun-2021 12:05 PM EDT
Scientists Discover How Oxygen Loss Saps a Lithium-ion Battery’s Voltage
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

SLAC and Stanford scientists took a unique and detailed nanoscale look at how oxygen seeps out of lithium-ion battery electrodes, sapping their energy over time. The results could suggest a fix.

Newswise: Hot Core and Cool Walls Lead to Better Fusion Containment
Released: 11-Jun-2021 2:35 PM EDT
Hot Core and Cool Walls Lead to Better Fusion Containment
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Creating an efficient fusion plasma in a tokamak requires a plasma with an extremely hot core but edges cool enough to protect the tokomak walls. Researchers at the DIII-D National Fusion Facility developed a solution that uses the active injection of gases to cool the edge coupled with enhanced core confinement.

Newswise: Swiss-cheese Design Could Help Scientists Harness the Power of the Sun
Released: 11-Jun-2021 12:10 PM EDT
Swiss-cheese Design Could Help Scientists Harness the Power of the Sun
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

The big holes in Swiss cheese help make it a tasty treat. Now, scientists at PPPL are adding tiny, Swiss-cheese-type holes to components to improve the process of bringing to Earth the fusion energy that powers the sun and stars.

Newswise: Decisions, Decisions: Climate Change and Water
Released: 10-Jun-2021 11:05 AM EDT
Decisions, Decisions: Climate Change and Water
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

PNNL’s Framework for Assessment of Complex Environmental Tradeoffs (FACET) is designed to navigate and rigorously evaluate competing environmental, economic, and social impacts to help make decisions more equitable. In an example scenario prepared using publicly available data, FACET was applied to predict tradeoffs facing the Colorado River and to balance competing demands of river flow and temperature, along with withdrawals for cities, crop irrigation, and power generation.

Newswise: Tulane wins share of $35 million Department of Energy clean energy grant
Released: 9-Jun-2021 3:05 PM EDT
Tulane wins share of $35 million Department of Energy clean energy grant
Tulane University

Tulane University will share in a U.S. Department of Energy award designed to advance new technologies to decarbonize the biorefining processes used to convert organic material, such as plant matter, into fuel.

Released: 9-Jun-2021 3:05 PM EDT
DOE Awards $54 Million to 235 American Small Businesses Developing Novel Clean Energy And Climate Solutions
Department of Energy, Office of Science

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today announced 235 small businesses, across 42 states, will receive $54 million in critical seed funding for 266 projects that are developing and deploying proof-of-concept prototypes for a wide range of technological solutions needed to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050.

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Released: 9-Jun-2021 10:15 AM EDT
Using a mineral ‘sponge’ to catch uranium
Sandia National Laboratories

A team of researchers from Sandia, Lawrence Berkeley and Pacific Northwest national laboratories tested a “sponge-like” mineral that can “soak up” uranium at a former uranium mill near Rifle, Colorado.

Newswise: Key to Cleaner Combustion? Look to the Stars
Released: 9-Jun-2021 4:25 AM EDT
Key to Cleaner Combustion? Look to the Stars
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

In a decade-long quest, scientists at Berkeley Lab, the University of Hawaii, and Florida International University uncover new clues to the origins of the universe – and land new chemistry for cleaner combustion engines

Newswise: Scientists create unique instrument to probe the most extreme matter on Earth
Released: 8-Jun-2021 6:05 PM EDT
Scientists create unique instrument to probe the most extreme matter on Earth
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

PPPL develops novel X-ray crystal spectrometer to measure high energy density plasmas in the National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Newswise: CRuSE-ing Toward Community Carsharing in Hood River, Oregon
Released: 8-Jun-2021 5:40 PM EDT
CRuSE-ing Toward Community Carsharing in Hood River, Oregon
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Access to transportation will be made easier in a semi-rural Oregon town through an electric vehicle carsharing program. PNNL is lending analytics expertise that will inform programs in other rural and semi-rural areas.

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Released: 8-Jun-2021 3:25 PM EDT
Department of Energy Announces $6.4 Million for Research on International Fusion Energy Facilities
Department of Energy, Office of Science

Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $6.4 million in funding for U.S. scientists to carry out seven research projects at two major fusion energy facilities located in Germany and Japan.

Newswise: Saving the climate with solar fuel
Released: 8-Jun-2021 7:05 AM EDT
Saving the climate with solar fuel
Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

Produced in a sustainable way, synthetic fuels contribute to switching mobility to renewable energy and to achieving the climate goals in road traffic. In the mobility demonstrator "move" Empa researchers are investigating the production of synthetic methane from an energy, technical and economic perspective – a project with global potential.

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Released: 7-Jun-2021 5:05 PM EDT
ORNL Names New Innovation Crossroads Cohort of Manufacturing, Building and Clean Energy Technology Entrepreneurs
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Six science and technology innovators from across the United States will join the fifth cohort of Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Innovation Crossroads program in June. As the Southeast’s only research and development program for entrepreneurs based at a U.S. Department of Energy national laboratory, Innovation Crossroads provides unique support to science-based startups to help advance game-changing technologies from the laboratory to the marketplace.

Newswise: Stabilizing gassy electrolytes could make ultra-low temperature batteries safer
Released: 7-Jun-2021 3:10 PM EDT
Stabilizing gassy electrolytes could make ultra-low temperature batteries safer
University of California San Diego

A new technology could dramatically improve the safety and performance of lithium-ion batteries that operate with gas electrolytes at ultra-low temperatures. By keeping electrolytes from vaporizing, the technology can prevent pressure buildup inside the battery that leads to swelling and explosions.

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Released: 4-Jun-2021 3:20 PM EDT
Ten-fold increase in carbon offset cost predicted
University College London

The cost of offsetting corporate carbon emissions needs to increase ten-fold to drive meaningful climate action, says a landmark report by Trove Research and UCL.

Newswise: CO2 Emissions Are Rebounding, but Clean Energy Revolutions are Emerging
Released: 3-Jun-2021 9:05 PM EDT
CO2 Emissions Are Rebounding, but Clean Energy Revolutions are Emerging
University of California San Diego

At the upcoming Conference of the Parties (COP26) in November, ample discussion is likely to focus on how the world is not on track to meet the Paris Agreement’s goals of stopping warming at well below 2°C. According to a new University of California San Diego article published in Nature Energy, world diplomats will, however, find encouraging signs in emerging clean energy technology “niches”—countries, states or corporations—that are pioneering decarbonization.

Newswise: Argonne demonstrates benefits of restoring native vegetation at solar facilities
Released: 3-Jun-2021 5:35 PM EDT
Argonne demonstrates benefits of restoring native vegetation at solar facilities
Argonne National Laboratory

Modeling different land use types, Argonne researchers demonstrate that the growth of native grasslands on large solar utility sites can help restore biodiversity, maintain ecosystem services and aid agriculture.

Newswise: Physicist Dan Boyer wins Early Career Award for research in Artificial Intelligence methods to advance fusion energy
Released: 3-Jun-2021 5:15 PM EDT
Physicist Dan Boyer wins Early Career Award for research in Artificial Intelligence methods to advance fusion energy
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Dan Boyer of PPPL receives DOE Early Career Award to accelerate predictive models of spherical tokamak plasmas with machine learning methods.

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Released: 3-Jun-2021 2:25 PM EDT
Solar energy and pollinator conservation: A path for real impact?
Entomological Society of America (ESA)

Amid the steady growth of solar energy production in the United States, pollinator conservation at solar installations has become an appealing secondary pursuit, but the long-term success of such efforts remains to be seen.

Newswise: Smashing gold with finesse: Shockless compression experiments at the National Ignition Facility establish new terapascal pressure scales
Released: 3-Jun-2021 2:00 PM EDT
Smashing gold with finesse: Shockless compression experiments at the National Ignition Facility establish new terapascal pressure scales
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

An international team of researchers, including scientists from Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Sandia National Laboratories and the University of Hyogo, have used the world’s most energetic laser – LLNL’s National Ignition Facility (NIF) in Livermore, California – and the world’s most powerful pulsed-power facility – Sandia’s Z Machine in Albuquerque, New Mexico – to compress gold and platinum compress to 1 terapascal, deriving new pressure scales.

Newswise: SLAC’s Panofsky fellows talk about what makes their research so exciting
Released: 3-Jun-2021 1:20 PM EDT
SLAC’s Panofsky fellows talk about what makes their research so exciting
SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

Among the many scientists who push the frontiers of knowledge at the Department of Energy’s SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, the Panofsky fellows stand out.

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Released: 3-Jun-2021 11:15 AM EDT
The biodegradable battery
Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

The number of data-transmitting microdevices, for instance in packaging and transport logistics, will increase sharply in the coming years. All these devices need energy, but the amount of batteries would have a major impact on the environment. Empa researchers have developed a biodegradable mini-capacitor that can solve the problem. It consists of carbon, cellulose, glycerin and table salt. And it works reliably.

Newswise: Intern talks about his upcoming summer of research and fusion energy with Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm
Released: 2-Jun-2021 3:55 PM EDT
Intern talks about his upcoming summer of research and fusion energy with Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

An intern about to start a Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship (SULI) at PPPL and another University of Texas-Dallas student kicked off their summer with a friendly online chat with U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm about their plans for the summer.

Newswise: Hands-free: Wireless charging system advances electric vehicle convenience
Released: 2-Jun-2021 2:50 PM EDT
Hands-free: Wireless charging system advances electric vehicle convenience
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Oak Ridge National Laboratory scientists have for several years now steadily advanced a wireless charging technology that can make powering an electric vehicle just as easy, or easier, than filling up a car with gas. The researchers are now nearing the completion of a new system to charge EVs while they’re in motion.


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