The Senate voted through a $145 billion spending bill on a margin of 86-5 on Monday, with provisions to fund the Energy Department in the 2019 budget year. The legislation keeps spending level or slightly increases funds for programs offered through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, as well as the Energy Information Agency. The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy received $375 million, the most since its creation.
A new report from the Department of Energy (DOE) highlights examples of major scientific accomplishments emerging from 40 years of Basic Energy Sciences (BES) research support, including how these discoveries have helped fulfill DOE’s mission and have led to new technologies and industries that contribute to American innovation and prosperity.
“Enhanced geothermal systems are the future of geothermal energy, and critical investments in EGS will help advance American leadership in clean energy innovation,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry. “Funding efforts toward the next frontier in geothermal energy technologies will help diversify the United States' domestic energy portfolio, enhance our energy access, and increase our energy security.”
U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry announced the launch of a new award to encourage innovation and help revitalize U.S. solar manufacturing. It will be known as the American-Made Solar Prize, a competition for entrepreneurs to develop ideas into concepts that improve the solar industry.
The U.S. has the largest stockpile of nuclear arms in the world. But on nuclear energy, it's all but out of the race. Of more than 50 new nuclear reactors being built around the world, just six are being constructed by a U.S. firm, according to data compiled by the World Nuclear Association.
Like many DOE laboratories, ORISE provides a diverse set of capabilities for strengthening our nation’s competitiveness in science. However, one of the things that makes ORISE so unique is that it is the only DOE entity with a core mission of preparing the future federal STEM workforce through the effective administration of STEM workforce development programs.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement that the president had ordered the Department of Energy to take the measures due to a national security interest in securing the national power grid's resilience. "President Trump has directed Secretary of Energy Rick Perry to prepare immediate steps to stop the loss of these resources, and looks forward to his recommendations," Sanders said Friday.
Better batteries mean better products. They give us longer-lasting smartphones, anxiety-free electric transport, and potentially, more efficient energy storage for large-scale buildings like data centers. But battery tech is frustratingly slow to advance, due to both the chemical processes involved and the challenges that exist around commercializing new battery designs.
In addition, unlike traditional batteries, the electrolyte battery material does not have pinholes (tiny holes), which can lead to short-circuiting the battery, giving rise to fires in mobile devices, such as cellphones and laptops. The engineers are still perfecting the technique, but they have applied for patent protection on the proof-of-concept work, which was funded by the U.S. Department of Energy and in part by the National Science Foundation.
Running late for work or just miss that bus? You could have a good excuse: Your electric clock might be running a bit cuckoo. Because of a change in federal energy regulations, some scientists say your trusty, older plug-in clock may be losing or gaining a few ticks over time.