energy

December 29, 2019

Natural gas emits half as much of the planet-warming gas carbon dioxide as does coal. The newfound abundance of natural gas has lowered its price, nearly putting coal out of business. In fact, there’s now a glut of natural gas that has sliced its price nearly in half from a year ago. As a result, gas producers are closing drilling rigs and filing for bankruptcy.

December 18, 2019

NuScale’s reactor won’t need massive cooling towers or sprawling emergency zones. It can be built in a factory and shipped to any location, no matter how remote. Extensive simulations suggest it can handle almost any emergency without a meltdown. One reason is that it barely uses any nuclear fuel, at least compared with existing reactors. It’s also a fraction of the size of its predecessors.

December 11, 2019

Computer Science Education Week is aimed at inspiring students to discover computer science activities and careers, and our National Laboratories will be holding a number of activities to highlight DOE’s efforts, including increasing access to computer science education, building computational literacy, and growing the cyber workforce of the future.

December 04, 2019

As the nuclear industry wraps up a challenging decade, advocates for the power source are weighing where to fit the next wave of reactors into a U.S. energy marketplace increasingly focused on carbon emissions. And they're not just planning to produce electricity.

November 26, 2019

America is still a powerhouse in nuclear innovation, and it's time to show the rest of the world. The United States was the first to harness the atom that is now used to power our Navy, fight cancer cells, protect our food, explore space, and even solve crimes. Much of the conversation today is about how we can meet our clean energy goals. What better way to do that than with the clean and reliable attributes of nuclear energy?

November 25, 2019

The nodules were discovered more than a century ago. Now new technology has triggered a fierce competition to go get them. These metals are critical for modern life: cell phones, electric cars, and supercomputers. Nineteen countries, including China and Russia, have already jumped into the deep. But the one country on the sidelines? The United States.

November 13, 2019

The U.S. has undergone an “unprecedented energy transformation” and is changing international energy market dynamics to such an extent that other countries are only just accepting it, according to Frank Fannon, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for energy resources.

November 08, 2019

The U.S. Department of Energy said on Thursday that President Donald Trump had formally nominated Deputy Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette, a former vice president of Ford Motor Co and Louisiana state energy regulator, to head the department. If confirmed by the Senate, Brouillette will replace Rick Perry, who said last month he would step down by the end of the year.

November 06, 2019

A secondary attribute, appealing to clean energy developers, is that opportunity zone funds can be used for solar, microgrids, electric vehicle charging stations, and energy storage.

November 04, 2019

President Donald Trump’s energy dominance narrative -- fueled by the prolific production of oil and gas from America’s Shale Gale -- recently got a boost from the United States Navy. The US Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division filed a patent for a compact fusion reactor (CFR) last month, one that claims to improve upon the shortcomings of the Lockheed Martin Skunkworks CFR that uses similar “plasma confinement” technology.

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