Energy Materials Blue Ribbon Panel Commissioned by DOE and Convened by TMS Releases Vision Report

"Linking Transformational Materials and Processing for an Energy Efficient and Low-Carbon Economy: Creating the Vision and Accelerating Realization," also called the "Vision Report," culminates the first phase of work in a two-part study commissioned by the Department of Energy (DOE) Industrial Technologies Program (ITP) and convened by The Minerals, Metals& Materials Society.

Sandia to Play Major Role in DOE-Funded Simulation of "Virtual" Nuclear Reactor

Sandia National Laboratories computational scientists will lead two of five technical areas in a U.S. Department of Energy effort to create a "virtual" nuclear reactor, to be headquartered at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

SDSC, McGill University Win Awards to Design Ultra-Efficient 'Green' Data Center

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at UC San Diego and CLUMEQ, a Canadian High Performance Computing consortium led by McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, have been awarded grants from Canada's Advanced Research and Innovation Network (CANARIE) and the Canada-California Strategic Innovation Partnership (CCSIP) to design an ultra-efficient data center as part of a program to promote 'green' IT initiatives.

Researchers Work to Help Mobile Devices Keep Going and Going...

Three researchers have been awarded a $1.2 million, four-year grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a more energy-efficient processor for mobile embedded systems that will perform as well as traditional pipelined processors. Mobile embedded systems involve computer processors that are embedded in cell phones, handheld game consoles, e-book readers and other devices that can be carried and run on batteries.

Oak Ridge National Lab to lead Reactor Simulation Innovation Hub

A team led by Oak Ridge National Laboratory has received $122 million and access to the world's most powerful computers to speed the development of the next generation of nuclear reactors. The award from the Department of Energy creates the first energy innovation hub -- the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors -- headquartered at Oak Ridge.

Sun Grant Research Evaluates Clover to Boost Biomass Yields

A species of clover that doesn't typically perform well in the dry uplands of the Northern Plains could find its niche by helping producers grow biomass crops for energy in prairie lowlands.

American University Pledges to be Carbon Neutral by 2020

American University plans to neutralize greenhouse gas emissions and become a carbon-neutral campus by 2020.

Creighton University to Offer New Alternative Energy Program

Creighton University will begin assembling a large array of solar panels and wind turbines at various locations across campus. When completed, the solar array will be the largest in the state. The alternative energy project will be part of a new degree program for students studying technology and applied science in the College of Arts and Sciences.

Put a Little Sunshine in Your Tank: Cornell's Regional 'Sun Grant' Energy Conference Is May 24-26

National and regional biofuel, biopower and bioproducts experts will convene in Syracuse for the Northeast Sun Grant 2010 Regional Conference, at Renaissance Syracuse Hotel, on May 24-26, 2010. The conference is hosted by Cornell University.

Sandia Wins 2 National Technology Transfer Awards for Work with Cray, Stirling Energy Systems

Sandia National Laboratories has won two national Federal Laboratory Consortium awards for its efforts to transfer technology to supercomputer manufacturer Cray Inc., and solar energy supplier Stirling Energy Systems, Inc.

UW Energy- and Water-Sensing Technologies Acquired by Belkin

Zensi, a research startup from the UW and Georgia Tech that uses simple technology to monitor electricity and water use in the home, has been acquired by international electronics company Belkin.

ORNL's 'Green' Efforts Recognized by Office of Science

ORNL received "best in class" and "noteworthy practice" awards for its Net-Zero Energy Building and Sustainable Campus Initiative programs.

Unique UM House To Run on Wastes, Sun, Wind, Rain

A University of Maryland team will build a unique solar home that creates a mini-eco-system, capturing and fully using the energy of sun, wind, rain and household wastes. The WaterShed House will be Maryland's entry in the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon 2011. The 20 international finalists will erect homes on the National Mall.

UC San Diego Energy Dashboard to Help Campus Curb Appetite for Power

The UC San Diego Energy Dashboard allows users to see up-to-the-second information on a structure-by-structure basis for 60 of the largest buildings on the La Jolla campus. The data is provided by UC San Diego Physical Plant Services from over 200 energy meters providing energy usage at the building level. The portal also features information coming from roughly 40 individual power meters that measure energy consumption in the office, e.g., a computer and monitor drawing power from a single socket.

Rensselaer Researchers Secure $1 Million Grant To Develop Oil Exploration Game-Changer

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Professor Nikhil Koratkar is leading a $1 million study to develop new coatings for nanosensors that could lead to more accurate and efficient oil exploration. Koratkar and colleagues are investigating how the flow of water, steam, or certain gasses over surfaces coated with carbon nanotubes or graphene can generate small amounts of electricity.

The Energy Institute at Haas Presents the 15th Annual POWER Conference on Energy Research and Policy

This year's POWER conference features a convergence of researchers, regulators, and energy consultants.

Student-Run Business Wins EPA Energy-Optimization Contract

A company founded and run by Missouri University of Science and Technology students recently received its first federal contract - and hopes to parlay that funding into technology that will help homeowners better manage their household energy use.

NYSERDA Awards $1.5 Million to Establish Clean Energy Business Incubator Program at Stony Brook University

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) today announced it is providing $1.5 million to establish a Clean Energy Business Incubator Program (CEBIP) on the campus of Stony Brook University. The Long Island High Technology Incubator, Inc. (LIHTI,, which will receive this funding over the next four years, will provide business support to accelerate the successful development of early-stage, clean energy technology companies on Long Island.

DOE Commissions TMS to Lead Study on Transformational Materials Opportunities to Meet U.S. Energy Goals

The Minerals Metals & Materials Society (TMS) has been commissioned by the Department of Energy (DOE) Industrial Technologies Program (ITP) to lead a project consisting of a two-phased study into areas where new materials and processing breakthroughs can lead to transformational advances in energy efficiency, energy security, and reductions in carbon emissions.

UNH, State Partner to Bring Green Technologies to Market, Create Jobs

The University of New Hampshire and the State of New Hampshire have partnered to create the Green Launching Pad, an initiative that will bring new green technologies to the marketplace, help innovative clean technology companies succeed, and support the creation of "green" economy jobs in New Hampshire.

Supercomputing Time Awarded to Design Transformational Lithium Air Battery

The Department of Energy announced today that 24 million hours of supercomputing time out of a total of 1.6 billion available hours at Argonne and Oak Ridge National Laboratories have been awarded to investigate materials for developing lithium air batteries, capable of powering a car for 500 miles on a single charge.

ARPA-E Grant Aims to Reduce Cost of Wind Turbines

A technology originally developed to increase lift in aircraft wings and simplify helicopter rotors may soon help reduce the cost of manufacturing and operating wind turbines used for generating electricity.

Texas Tech and NNSA Join Forces in Renewable Energy Research

Partnership will include academic, industrial and government partners to create a world-class research facility focused on renewable energy and education.

State-of-the-Art Probe Will Lead to Better Solar Cells

Federal research dollars help South Dakota State University scientists build a first-of-its-kind microscope that could help develop better solar cells to convert sunlight to electricity.

Sandia's Battery Abuse Testing Laboratory Awarded $4.2 Million in Stimulus Funds

Sandia National Laboratories will use $4.2 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to modify and enhance its existing Battery Abuse Testing Laboratory (BATLab), with the goal of developing low-cost batteries for electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles.