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Game Changers: Energy Science, Innovation and the Future of America

Game Changers: Energy Science, Innovation and the Future of America

What does it really mean to change the game in energy technologies? Not to change a single game  – as with a last-second shot at the buzzer, a Hail Mary pass, or a diving catch to close out the inning – but to transform the entire game, with new rules, new technologies, and often-unexpected new results.In the National Laboratory system, we are working on new energy technologies that could transform the ways we generate, store and use energy, and that could protect our environment while recharging our national economy. But as we tackle the fundamental scientific research we need to discover and develop disruptive new energy technologies, it’s worthwhile to ask: What does game-changing technology look like, and what are currently our best prospects for game changers? 
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White House Hosts Seminar to Spur Renewable Energy Financing

The U.S. Department of Energy (DoE) hosted a renewable energy tax equity seminar recently at the White House. The seminar was designed to promote private sector investment in tax equity partnerships for solar, wind and other renewable energy projects. Since the 2008 economic crisis, financing available for renewable energy projects has been limited as the renewable tax equity markets have been very slow to recover.
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Heat is a Terrible Thing to Waste

World-wide energy consumption is expected to increase by 40% over the next 20 years, and it is not exactly clear where all this additional energy is going to come from. Equally as puzzling is the surprising fact that most of the energy we produce is lost to the atmosphere as waste heat.So far, there have been very few compelling solutions for capturing this waste heat and turning it back into useable energy.
Driving R&D to a Full Charge at Applied Materials

Driving R&D to a Full Charge at Applied Materials

The Department of Energy’s Office of Vehicle Technologies (OVT) announced today that it has awarded Applied Materials a $5 million research grant for the development of advanced cells for electric drive vehicle batteries over the next three years. The accepted proposal for 'Modular Process Equipment for Low Cost Manufacturing of High Capacity Prismatic Li-Ion Cell' Alloy Anodes aims to develop a new class of high-capacity lithium battery anodes based on an innovative micro-cell porous 3D Cu – Li alloy structure. The technology holds great potential to enable the development of advanced manufacturing prototype modules for fabricating high-capacity Li-ion electrodes in large quantities at a lower cost for vehicle lithium ion batteries.
Applied Materials Supports The Solar Decathlon

Applied Materials Supports The Solar Decathlon

Applied Materials has a history of supporting the U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon, an award-winning program that challenges 20 collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.As a leader in scaling green manufacturing, Applied Materials is pleased to sponsor this year's solar decathlon competition in Washington, D.C. and as founding partner to the launch of the first Solar Decathlon in China in 2013.
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NOVA: Green Energy in China

Watch the full episode. See more NOVA. PBS’ NOVA, the highest rated science series on television and the most watched documentary series on public television, features Applied Materials’ President of Solar, Charlie Gay and the company’s cutting-edge solar technology.
SOLARCON India 2010

SOLARCON India 2010

A few weeks ago I attended India’s largest solar energy focused business and technology event, SOLARCON India 2010. This was the second year SOLARCON was held in India and I was pleased with the positive energy, momentum and great dialogue around the conference.