Tag Archives: Department of Energy

DOE Unveils $100M Clean Energy Funding Opportunity; Tarak Shah Quoted

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The Department of Energy (DOE) has earmarked $100 million in funds to validate disruptive clean energy technologies that could address climate issues. DOE will also join a working group formed by the National Climate Task Force to develop technologies that could help the government achieve zero economy-wide emissions in 2050.

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Biden Names David Turk, Julie Su as Picks for Energy, Labor Deputy Secretaries

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President Biden has selected David Turk, deputy executive director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), and Julie Su, secretary of the California Labor and Workforce Development Agency, to serve as deputy secretaries of the departments of Energy and Labor, respectively. Su, on the other hand, works to advise Governor Gavin Newsom on labor issues and employment programs in California.

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Idaho National Laboratory Introduces Engineering-Based Cybersecurity Approach

Kubernetes Hardening

Idaho National Laboratory (INL) created an approach that employs engineering design principles to mitigate cyberattacks on utility operations. INL Cybersecurity Researchers Sarah Freeman and Andy Bochman released a book that tackles the approach in an effort to train employees at public utilities in defending from cyberattacks. The laboratory provided California-based firm West Yost a license to use the CCE method.

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DOE Unveils Funding Opportunity for Direct Air Capture R&D Projects

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The Department of Energy (DOE) will invest up to $15 million in funds to support research and development projects for direct air capture technologies. Areas of interest under the funding opportunity include initial engineering design of carbon capture, storage and utilization systems as well as testing and validation of structured material systems and component designs for DAC technologies.

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Christopher Hanson to Chair Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Christopher Hanson

Christopher Hanson, a commissioner of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), has been appointed to concurrently chair the same agency under President Biden's administration. He succeeds Kristine Svinick who left DOE on Jan. 20 after about 13 years with NRC. The energy expert, during his time with the private sector, spearheaded energy-related government-industry engagements as a consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton.

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DOE Earmarks $50M for Materials Extraction R&D Projects; Daniel Simmons Quoted

Daniel Simmons

The Department of Energy (DOE) has invested over $50 million to support 15 projects focused on materials extraction and engineering to support government initiatives aimed at mitigating supply risks in critical manufacturing efforts. Daniel Simmons, assistant secretary for energy efficiency and renewable energy, said the investments are meant to fortify the U.S. industrial base by addressing gaps in the domestic supply chain.

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DOE, National Lab, University Join Forces for Energy Storage Workforce Development

Dan Brouillette

The Department of Energy, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Youngstown State University will collaborate on a potential $1 million project to establish a center in the Midwest region for training workers in the battery and electric vehicle manufacturing industry. “We are in a period of tremendous advancement in battery technologies, presenting new opportunities for electric vehicles and energy storage systems,” said DOE Secretary Dan Brouillette

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DOE, DOD Ink Space Cooperation Agreement; Mark Menezes Quoted

Mark Menezes

The Department of Defense (DOD) and Energy (DOE) have entered into an agreement to augment research and development efforts that could support the U.S. government's national space policy. The agreement also intends to create a senior-level executive forum that will build working groups and roll out a framework for potential joint programs. 

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DOE to Back Wind Turbine Generator Dev’t Projects

Wind Turbine

The Department of Energy (DOE) has earmarked $8 million in funds to support eight projects that will cover the development of lightweight wind turbine generators for offshore and tall wind usage. The department seeks to lower the cost of wind generation by 10 to 25 percent and produce generators that are 50 percent smaller and lighter through the effort.

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Oki Mek Promoted to HHS Chief AI Officer

Artificial Intelligence

Oki Mek, a senior adviser to the Department of Health and Human Services' (HHS) chief information officer, has been elevated to the position of chief artificial intelligence officer. In his more recent capacity, Mek helped the HHS CIO office drive digital transformation and collaborative innovation efforts aimed to improve the health and well-being of people in the U.S.

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