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DOE Unveils Carbon Capture Funding Opportunity

The Department of Energy intends to award $30 million in grant funds supporting research and development efforts in carbon dioxide capture technologies. DOE said on Thursday that the department seeks to invest in projects focusing on the collection, usage and storage of carbon dioxide to support front-end engineering design efforts for coal and natural gas plants as part of the Carbon Capture program.

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GAO Finds Issues in Energy Department’s Subcontractor Oversight

The Government Accountability Office called on the Department of Energy to improve oversight of its subcontractors after a recent review found that the department had failed to audit over $3.4 billion in subcontracts over the past 10 years. GAO issued a report on Tuesday highlighting the improper auditing process at DOE and the challenges in tracking subcontract ownerships in the department’s multi-billion dollar programs.

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DOE Financing Hydrogen Technology R&D Efforts

The Department of Energy is investing $31 million to develop technologies to facilitate the generation, transportation, storage and usage of hydrogen for the country. DOE said on Monday that the department intends to implement the H2@Scale concept, which is designed to foster new hydrogen-based, fuel cell technologies and applications in various industrial areas including steel manufacturing and ammonia production.

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DOE Unveils $52M Fuel Research Funding Opportunity

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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GAO: Energy Department Gives Contractors High Ratings Despite Lack of Performance Data

A new government watchdog report shows that the Department of Energy remains on the government's High Risk List for inadequate contractor management and oversight despite spending $200B on awards over the past decade and contracting changes. The Government Accountability Office issued the report on Tuesday highlighting the lack of proper reporting by DOE on the performance of its contractors.

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NNSA Approves $1B Subcritical Nuclear Testing Project

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

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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Peter Fanta: US Should Focus More on Nuclear Warhead Updates

Peter Fanta, deputy assistant secretary for nuclear matters at the Department of Defense, has said the U.S. should shift its focus from updating delivery systems toward modernizing nuclear warheads, Defense News reported Tuesday. Fanta told the audience at the Nuclear Deterrence Summit that DoD and the Department of Energy should collaborate to come up with engineering and manufacturing capabilities to develop updated warheads by 2040s in order to keep pace with potential enemies’ technological advancements.

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DOE Funding Data Science Projects for Chemistry, Materials Science Applications

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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