Tag Archives: Department of Energy

DOE Announces 2020 CyberForce Competition

Mark Wesley Menezes

The Department of Energy has launched the sixth year of an annual competition that aims to challenge students to compete in a realistic cybersecurity defense exercise. The CyberForce Competition 2020 virtual event will task individual representatives from various academic institutions to defend a simulated wind energy company's cyber systems against cyberattacks.

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NOAA, DOE Roll Out Ocean Observation Tech Dev’t Challenge

NOAA

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) launched a multistage competition that seeks to incorporate renewable energy into ocean observation systems. Competitors will be given opportunities to design, build and demonstrate their prototypes within a controlled environment during the challenge. Winners will receive $2.4 million in cash. 

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GSA Names New Presidential Innovation Fellows to Increase Innovation; Bob De Luca Quoted

Bob De Luca

The U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) Presidential Innovation Fellows (PIF) has appointed the 2021 class of fellows, which includes 34 technology and industry leaders that will work to develop innovative solutions to national issues, the agency reported on Monday. The fellows will partner with 22 federal agencies to increase resilience.

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DOE to Invest $65M in Power Grid Modernization Project; Dan Brouillette Quoted

DOE

The Department of Energy (DOE) has earmarked $65 million in funds to extend its network of grid-interactive and efficient building communities in the U.S. The department noted the effort may increase the number of testbeds supported by the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy such as Reynolds Landing in Alabama.

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Trump Eyes Nomination of Sean Plankey as DHS Asst Director

Sean Plankey

President Trump plans to nominate Sean Plankey to serve as assistant director for infrastructure security at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Plankey currently serves as principal deputy assistant secretary for cybersecurity, energy security and emergency response at the Department of Energy (DOE). Before DOE, he held the role of director for cyber policy at the National Security Council

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GSA, DoE Launch RFI for Resource-Efficient Technologies

DOE

The General Services Administration (GSA) has partnered with the Department of Energy (DoE) to issue a Request for Information (RFI), GSA reported on Wednesday. The agencies seek to receive responses from vendors on resource-efficient technologies that improve commercial building health and resilience. The RFI will be open for submissions until Friday, Dec. 4, 2020. 

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DOE Launches Effort to Build, Deploy Cybersecurity Tech for Utility Companies

Dept. of Energy

The Department of Energy's Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security, and Emergency Response (CESER) has earmarked $12 million in cooperative agreements to support the development and deployment of cybersecurity technologies for distribution and municipal utility companies. CESER seeks to field one technology from the program to utility companies by 2023. 

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DOE Eyes $122M Funding Opportunity for Carbon Ore R&D Efforts

Dept. of Energy

The Department of Energy (DOE) intends to award $122 million in funds to support research and development activities on rare earth elements and critical minerals. DOE said that it seeks to assess the potential of natural resources across basins in the U.S. to drive regional economic growth for the department. 

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DOE Stands Up New Office for Arctic Region Programs; Dan Brouillette Quoted

Dept. of Energy

The Department of Energy (DOE) has launched a new office meant to drive DOE's activities across the Arctic region. The Arctic Energy Office will directly report to the DOE undersecretary and handle initiatives in the areas of national security, science and energy. DOE will establish AEO's physical office at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks

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DOE Picks 12 Projects Under Solid Oxide Fuel Cell Dev’t Effort

DOE

The Department of Energy will award $34M in funds to 12 projects that will cover the development of small-scale solid oxide fuel cell systems that employ solid oxide electrolyzer cell technologies. DOE said Tuesday it aims to drive the usage of SOFC hybrid systems for power generation and hydrogen production through the funding opportunity.

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