As part of its commitment to developing an effective strategy for the safe and secure storage and management of used nuclear fuel, the Energy Department has announced a new dry storage research and development project led by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).
The quest to harness a broader spectrum of sunlight’s energy to produce electricity has taken a radically new turn, with the proposal of a “solar energy funnel” that takes advantage of materials under elastic strain.
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission have announced the availability of revised guidelines for potential marine hydrokinetic energy developers interested in pursuing technology testing and commercial development activities on the nation’s Outer Continental Shelf.
The efficiency of conventional solar cells could be significantly increased, according to new research on the mechanisms of solar energy conversion led by chemist Xiaoyang Zhu at The University of Texas at Austin.
Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority has selected OTEC International LLC to build a 1-megawatt demonstration plant that will use ocean thermal energy conversion technology first tested in Hawaii in the 1970s.
Arun Majumdar, Director of the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E), has announced 60 cutting-edge research projects aimed at dramatically improving how the U.S. produces and uses energy
A study by a University of Tennessee assistant professor in civil and environmental engineering found that solar power heavily reliant on lead batteries has the potential to release more than 2.4 million tons of lead pollution in China and India.
The Department of Energy has dedicated the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL), an advanced research facility that will accelerate the advancement of nuclear reactor technology.
With the crisis unfolding at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant, it is too soon to draw final conclusions. But watching the struggle to bring the site under control, we cannot help but wonder: What exactly is going on, and what lessons might be learned?
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