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Construction begins in Texas on world’s largest carbon capture facility

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Carbon Capture and Sequestration (CCS) could be a key technology option in reducing carbon dioxide emissions from the world’s fossil fuel power plants. But, the technology has become better known for its setbacks than successes in recent years. This week revealed a glimmer of hope for CCS supporters as the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) [...]

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Photo Friday: Transporting Nuclear Waste

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The Transuranic Package Transporter (TRUPACT-II) is a specialized tractor-trailor used for radioactive waste. The design for the containers in this rig was originally approved by the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission for use in 1989. In this photograph, the TRUPACT-II is shown entering the U.S. Department of Energy’s nuclear waste isolation pilot plant (WIPP) near Carlsbad, New [...]

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Photo Friday: Beer for Biofuels

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Algae-based biofuels offer a potential solution to many of the concerns related to corn-based biofuels in the United States, including the food-versus-fuel debate. In Colorado, Superior Ecotech has developed technology that grows algae using the carbon dioxide released through brewing beer. The team’s hoped to use their algae oils to produce cost-effective and sustainable biofuels. After winning the [...]

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LEDs are reducing energy demand for lighting across the United States

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Since 2008, the cost of light emitting diodes (LEDs) has dropped by more than 85%. With this drop, the United States saw total installations of LEDs increase dramatically. In total, by 2012, more than 49 million energy-efficient LEDs were installed across the United States, representing an estimated $675 million in annual energy cost savings compared [...]

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Women in STEM – we need all hands on deck to tackle climate change

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Carter Wall is a biochemist in Massachusettes who manages the clean energy division of Broadway Electrical Company, one of the largest solar developers in the Northeast. When Wall was in junior high, she went to the library in search of biographies on female scientists. She was looking to discover female role models, but in the end [...]

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Unlocking Capital – DOE’s SunShot funds 17 solar startups

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Today, the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Incubator Program announced the award of $16M to 17 solar startups that are working to reduce the hard and soft costs of solar power. Included in this latest round of SunShot awards was a company focused on the financing challenges of new solar installations. This solar startup – [...]

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In Boston, Women (and Men) Gather Today to Celebrate Clean Energy Achievements

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Today, the U.S. Department of Energy and MIT will host the second “C3E Women in Clean Energy Symposium.” This annual meeting’s goal is to provide a venue for women who work in clean energy to gather together and share their experiences. Panels will focus on clean energy  topics ranging from energy innovation to advancements in [...]

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SiNode Systems Wins National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition

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This month, the U.S. Department of Energy crowned the 2013 winner of its Clean Energy Business Plan Competition. The top spot went to SiNode Systems from Northwestern University, with its advanced anode technology. Their business plan centers on their innovative in lithium battery Si-graphene composite anode technology, which uses a composite of silicon nano-particles and [...]

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Energy Technology Investments Face Funding Cliff

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Funding for research and development in the U.S. is running up to a cliff. If sequestration kicks in on March 1, across-the-board cuts and a decade-long spending cap will go into effect. According to the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), this would mean an 8.2% ($4.6 billion) cut in the Department of [...]

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Tax credits – the wind in wind energy

For wind power, 2011 was a great year. California added more new wind energy to the grid than any other state, according to a report published Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Energy. A number of other states received high honors as well. These include Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Colorado, which churned out at [...]

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