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DOE Authorizes Natl Lab-Contractor Agreements for Commercializing Technology

The Energy Department is allowing contractors to use Agreements for Commercializing Technology to forge new strategic partnerships with DOE-backed national laboratories. ACT works to help academic and commercial entities gain access to laboratory expertise, assets and facilities, DOE said Monday. The authorization follows the completion of a six-year ACT pilot program. Energy Secretary Rick …

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NASA to Test Energy Source for Future Mars Habitat

NASA will test an energy source that could power human crews on the surface of Mars and energize habitats along with processing equipment that can convert resources from the Red Planet into fuel, oxygen and water. The space agency said Tuesday its Space Technology Mission Directorate has obligated multi-year funding …

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DOE Announces Funding Opportunity for Advanced Nuclear Reactor Designs

The Energy Department has launched a funding opportunity with a potential $20 million endowment for projects that will work to advance nuclear reactor technology. DOE said Friday the projects will support the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy‘s Modeling Enhanced Innovations Trailblazing Nuclear Energy Reinvigoration program that aims to identify and develop technologies that facilitate …

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GAO: DOE Faces Challenges in Plutonium Production for Future NASA Missions

A new report by the Government Accountability Office says the Energy Department is facing challenges in the production of new plutonium isotopes meant to power certain NASA space missions, Space News reported Tuesday. The report said there is enough plutonium-238 in stockpiles for NASA missions scheduled through the mid-2020s, but technical issues hamper …

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DOE Program Seeks to Help Industry Partners Develop Materials for Extreme Conditions

The Energy Department has unveiled a new program that aims to help companies develop lightweight materials that could withstand harsh environments. DOE said Tuesday industry participants in the High Performance Computing for Materials Program will have access to computational resources and assets at department-funded national laboratories. The HPC4Mtls program will also offer tools …

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DOE Invests $50M in National Laboratories’ Infrastructure Security R&D Projects

The Energy Department has allocated approximately $50 million for early-stage research and development projects of DOE’s national laboratories with the goal to increase the security and resilience of the country’s energy infrastructure. DOE said Tuesday it awarded grants for seven Resilient Distribution Systems projects, which will develop grid technologies and support grid …

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HR Vet Jeff Pon to Be Nominated as OPM Director

Jeff T.H. Pon, chief human resources and strategy officer at the Society for Human Resource Management, will be nominated to fill the director position at the Office of Personnel Management. He previously served as a Booz Allen Hamilton principal focused on HR, information technology and change management consulting services, the White …

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