Tag Archives: Department of Energy

DOE Unveils $52M Fuel Research Funding Opportunity

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The Department of Energy intends to award a $51M contract to fund research efforts in fuel technologies for commercial and off-road vehicles. The agency said Friday it plans to support concepts and studies in heavy-duty freight electrification, natural gases, hydrogen infrastructure, electrode assemblies and energy-saving vehicle systems.

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NNSA Manufactures Initial Low-Yield Nuclear Warhead Unit

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The Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration concluded the production of a U.S. Navy low-yield nuclear warhead missile. The NNSA said Monday that it has manufactured the first production unit for the W76-2 warhead at DOE's Pantex Plant facility in Texas. The W76-2 is an updated variant of the W76-1 platform and provides submarine vessels with sea-launched ballistic missile warhead capacities.

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Eight Execs Join DOE’s Secretary of Energy Advisory Board

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Eight executives have been named members of the Department of Energy's Secretary of Energy Advisory Board. The appointees will provide recommendations and advice to Secretary Rick Perry on nuclear security enterprise, national security, regulatory concerns and energy security as part of their new roles, DOE said Wednesday.

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DOE Opens Battery Material Recycling Hub; Daniel Simmons Quoted

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The Department of Energy established a facility at the Argonne National Laboratory to reuse cobalt and lithium materials from discarded lithium-ion battery products. DOE said Friday that it opened the Battery Recycling Center hoping to recover at least 90 percent of usable battery components and develop new technology out of the materials.

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NNSA Approves $1B Subcritical Nuclear Testing Project

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The Energy Department’s National Nuclear Security Administration has approved a $1.1B concept design for the Advanced Sources and Detectors program involving subcritical experiments to maintain the nation’s nuclear deterrent, DOE said Thursday. The ASD project will support the U.S. stockpile stewardship program and revolve around generating high-speed and high-fidelity images of subcritical experiments that don’t produce nuclear yield.

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DOE Launching $66M Grant Program for Bioenergy Research

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The Department of Energy plans to launch a three-year, $66M grant program for research on plants and microbes to find potential sources of bioenergy and bioproducts and to understand growth of potential bioenergy crops. The agency said Tuesday that it will provide $30M to support research projects focusing on gene function in plants to be grown for bioenergy and bioproducts.

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TMF Loan to Help DOE Move Emails to the Cloud

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Max Everett, chief information officer at the Department of Energy, has said the department will be moving email systems to the cloud with a $15M loan from the Technology Modernization Fund Board, Federal News Network reported Friday. In late 2018, DOE received an initial $4M from TMF to start the cloud migration and has moved nearly 6,000 email accounts to the platform. The department operates 64 email systems that support over 184,000 mailboxes.

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DOE Funding Data Science Projects for Chemistry, Materials Science Applications

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The Department of Energy is investing $30M to fund research on data science applications in the chemistry and materials science areas. The effort, under the department's Basic Energy Sciences program, is seeking projects that apply data science to uncover mechanisms behind the chemical and material aspects of energy, DOE said Friday

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DOE Invests in Turbine Technology R&D Projects

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The Department of Energy has allotted $28M to fund a new research program on turbine technologies for marine or floating vehicles. The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy leads the Aerodynamic Turbines, Lighter and Afloat, with Nautical Technologies and Integrated Servo-control or ATLANTIS program that aims to leverage control co-design discipline for turbine development, DOE said.

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