Tag Archives: Department of Energy

DHS, DOE Launch Collaborative Effort to Secure Pipelines, Critical Infrastructure From Cyber Threats

The departments of Homeland Security and Energy have announced in a meeting with the Oil and Natural Gas Sector Coordinating Council the launch of a program that aims to protect pipelines and other critical infrastructure from cyber threats.

Chrisopher Krebs, undersecretary of the National Protection and Programs Directorate, said Wednesday that the collaborative effort between NPPD, the Transportation Security Administration and DOE will provide a better understanding of the threat landscape and plan more targeted and prioritized risk management activities.

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DOE Makes $28M R&D Investment for Energy Infrastructure Cybersecurity

The Department of Energy is investing a maximum of $28M in research, development and demonstration efforts aiming to support U.S. energy infrastructure cybersecurity. The DOE said Monday its Office of Cybersecurity, Energy Security and Emergency Response will partner with industry to develop cyber threat mitigation, detection and prevention technologies.

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NNSA Completes Final Design Review of B61-12 Bombs, Proceeds to Production Qualification Activities

The Energy Department’s National Nuclear Security Administration will proceed with the final production qualification activities of the B61-12 Life Extension Program after completing a final design review of a new B61 variant.

The department said Friday NNSA will initiate production qualification operations at its Pantex Plant within the month, then conduct phase 6.5 first production authorization in September 2019.

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Energy Department Awards 85 Contracts Worth $218M for Quantum Computing Research

The Department of Energy has awarded 85 research contracts worth a total of $218M to academic institutions and the department’s national laboratories to conduct studies in quantum information science.

The department said Monday the contract awards align with the Trump administration’s plan to advance research in quantum computing, which could lead to innovations in computer and information processing and other technologies.

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DOE Invests in R&D on Computer-Based Chemical Process Design

The Department of Energy is investing $21.6M to fund 10 computational software research and development projects meant to facilitate the design of chemical-based energy production processes. The projects are based on applications in computer-based chemical process modeling that is replacing traditional trial-and-error methods, the department said Wednesday.

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DOE to Renew Joint Center for Energy Storage Research With $120M Investment

The Department of Energy will invest $120M to renew a center tasked to conduct research on advanced battery science and technology.

The department based its decision to renew the Joint Center for Energy Storage Research on an assessment of the performance of the innovation hub in its first five years of operations, the DOE said Tuesday.

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House Passes Bill to Support Nuclear Research Partnerships; Sen. Mike Crapo Quoted

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a bill encouraging partnerships with private companies supporting research on clean nuclear power. The Nuclear Energy Innovation Capabilities Act would require the Department of Energy to collaborate with private sector firms aiming to test new nuclear reactor concepts, the office of Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho said Thursday.

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