U.S. Department of Energy

Nations race to build a computer with the power to predict the future

Unbelievably Fast<p>The two fastest supercomputers in the world right now are in China, and they possess 93 and 33 petaflops of processing power. A …

Renewable Energy

Seaweed as fuel? Grants help fund research in Mississippi

A federal grant will help pay for scientists at the University of Southern Mississippi do research on the uses of seaweed.<p>The U.S. Department of …

Business

AI to Help Power Grids Resist Disruptions

The U.S. Department of Energy will explore whether artificial intelligence could help electric grids handle power fluctuations, avoid failures, …

Energy

Australia can transition to 100 percent renewable power within two decades: analysis

An engineering professor concluded there are up to 22,000 suitable locations for pumped hydro sites across the country.

Energy

U.K. pledges $88 million to gigantic U.S. particle physics experiment

The United Kingdom has agreed to help build the next great particle physics experiment in the United States.<p>In a signing ceremony today at the U.S. …

Physics

Oil rises after Iraq signals possible OPEC cut extension

TOKYO, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Oil prices rose on Wednesday after Iraq's oil minister said OPEC and other crude producers were considering extending or …

Oil

U.S. nuclear reactors face uphill challenge, despite lower emissions

(Reuters) - The U.S. nuclear power industry is facing an uphill battle to hang onto its share of the country's electricity production, with some …

Energy

U.S. Department of Energy Releases 2016 Business Case for Fuel Cells, Highlights Private Sector Investment

The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Fuel Cell Technologies Office in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy announces the release …

Energy

As operators update grid planning for renewables, transmission remains key constraint

Flexibility and pricing reform are also challenges facing operators as they prepare the grid for more renewable energy.

Energy

You're Planning A Heist. What Buildings Have The World's Most Valuable Contents?

Diamond giant De Beers said last month it was going to be redeveloping its London HQ, a building with a vault that once contained diamonds worth an estimated £5B, or nearly US$6.79B.<p>That got <i>Bisnow</i> thinking: Forget about the world’s most valuable buildings, which buildings house the most valuable …

Federal Reserve

US solar plant costs fall another 30 per cent in just one year

Only ten days before the U.S. solar industry finds out whether or not it will have to deal with trade remedies imposed by the Trump Administration, …

Renewable Energy

Solar power could protect the US military from dangerous threats to the electric grid

As the U.S. military increases its use of drones in surveillance and combat overseas, the danger posed by a threat back at home grows. Many drone flights are piloted by soldiers located in the U.S., even when the drones are flying over Yemen or Iraq or Syria. Those pilots and their control systems …

US Marine Corps

Did Resolute Energy Get A Good Price For Aneth?

Resolute sold the Aneth EOR project in Utah to Elk Petroleum for $160 + 35 million.<p>The proceeds are to be used to repay the outstanding balance under …

Business

Is The Sun Setting On The Solar Boom?

The U.S. solar industry is expected to see its expansion significantly curtailed this year after installing record capacity in 2016.<p>A new report from …

Renewable Energy

Baker Hughes Rig Count Drops by 8 as Oil Rallies

As oil prices bubbled up near the psychologically significant $50-per-barrel mark, Baker Hughes (BHGE) reported Friday that U.S. oil and gas …

Oil

Supercomputing is allowing us to map brain function at the deepest levels

A Daunting Task<p>Humanity has so much to gain from a map of the human brain’s neural connections, but while producing that map sounds simple enough in …

Neuroscience

New study on graphene-wrapped nanocrystals makes inroads toward next-gen fuel cells

A powdery mix of metal nanocrystals wrapped in single-layer sheets of carbon atoms, developed at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley …

Engineering

Harvey's Muted (Price) Impact On Oil

<i>By Jeffrey P. Snider</i><p>The impact of Hurricane Harvey on the Gulf energy region is becoming clear. There have been no surprises to date, even though the …

Business

Zion skyline in for a change with planned razing of nuclear towers

The green-capped concrete towers of Zion's barren lakefront will be gone soon, but the nuclear waste that has crippled the city economically will remain.<p>Zion Solutions, which is part of Utah-based EnergySolutions, will finish deconstructing and demolishing the former Zion nuclear power plant and …

Energy

Contract extended for management of US nuclear dump

The U.S. Department of Energy has extended a contract for the management of the government's only underground nuclear waste repository that will …

Business

Making Sense of Trump’s Surprising Investment in Solar - MIT Technology Review

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Energy announced it will invest $62 million to advance the state of concentrated solar power, at the apparent …

Energy

Trump Energy Dept. Boasts About Reaching Obama's Solar Cost Reduction Goal

As the Trump administration tries to dismantle years of hard-won climate regulations in favor of fossil fuel development, the U.S. Department of …

Renewable Energy

DOE expands SunShot program after hitting original cost goal 3 years early

Dive Brief:<p>The U.S. Department of Energy announced plans to expand the SunShot program after hitting its 2020 goals to trim utility-scale solar costs …

Renewable Energy

Deer eating habits have lasting damage on forests

‹ › ×<p>When rampant white-tailed deer graze in forests, they prefer to eat native plants over certain unpalatable invasive plants, such as garlic …

Ecology

Oil edges up as OPEC output falls, offsets hurricane concerns

By Julia Simon<p>NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil prices rose on Tuesday after OPEC forecast higher demand in 2018 and said its output fell in August, signs …

Oil

Harvey Lessons for U.S. Export Role: Public-Private Stockpiles

Inventories play a crucial role in oil and gas commodity markets by smoothing out short term dislocations and sudden changes in demand. The …

Oil

Arizona utility regulator resigning to take Trump admin job

A member of the state commission that regulates utilities is resigning to take a job with the Trump Administration in Washington.<p>Commissioner Doug …

Business

generation fusion plasmas

A key issue for next-generation fusion reactors is the possible impact of many unstable Alfvén eigenmodes, wave-like disturbances produced by the …

Physics

Chicago recycler charged with fraud hopes to salvage his side gig: pro sports agent

When Chicago entrepreneur Brian Brundage was indicted on federal fraud charges in December for allegedly operating a multimillion-dollar electronics recycling scheme, he turned his attention to salvaging his side gig: professional sports agent.<p>With a client roster that included Chicago Bears …

Business