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Transphorm's gallium nitride semiconductors could be used to make operating photovoltaic panels, like these on the roof of the Research Support Facility, motor drives and transistors more energy efficient. | Photo courtesy of National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Transphorm's gallium nitride semiconductors could be used to make operating photovoltaic panels, like these on the roof of the Research Support Facility, motor drives and transistors more energy efficient. | Photo courtesy of National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Solar Storm Closely Watched Worldwide

While this week's solar storm captures the interest of scientists, researchers and people around the world, the Energy Department works with others to monitor the storm's potential impact on the nation's electrical grid. | Image credit: NOAA.

Monitoring the impact of this week's solar storm to the nation’s electric grid.

More Than 350 Now at Work Building CA Valley Solar Plant



Progress on the California Valley Solar Ranch is in full swing as 350 skilled professionals work to construct the 250 MW solar facility.

Transphorm Takes Energy Efficiency to a New Level

Transphorm's gallium nitride semiconductors could be used to make operating photovoltaic panels, like these on the roof of the Research Support Facility, motor drives and transistors more energy efficient. | Photo courtesy of National Renewable Energy Laboratory.

Transphorm, a startup partially funded by ARPA-E, develops Gallium nitride (GaN) semiconductors that could be used to make cost-effective, high-performance power converters for electric motor drives and components of solar panels and electric vehicles.


Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman joins officials from Tennessee government agencies and the University of Tennessee at the official opening of the West Tennessee Solar Farm. | Energy Department photo.


The West Tennessee Solar Farm (WTSF) is now open for business!

President Obama Discusses Solar Power in Nevada


President Barack Obama delivers remarks on energy after a tour of a solar panel field at the Copper Mountain Solar 1 Facility, the largest photovoltaic plant operating in the country with nearly one million solar panels powering 17,000 homes, in Boulder City, Nevada, March 21, 2012. | Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson.


Yesterday, President Obama visited the Copper Mountain Solar 1 Facility in Boulder City, Nevada. The facility is the largest photovoltaic plant in the country, and its one million solar panels power 17,000 homes in California.

Energy Tomorrow

Going Solar in Record Time with Plug-and-Play PV


A plug-and-play PV system is envisioned as a consumer friendly solar technology that uses an automatic detection system to initiate communication between the solar energy system and the utility when plugged into a PV-ready circuit. | Photo by iStock.


In the future, installing a solar array for your home could be as easy as plugging in common household appliances.

New Ideas Spring from the SunShot Incubator


The SunShot Incubator program invested $17.5 million in seven companies in its first round of funding -- and those companies have gone on to attract more than $1.6 billion of private financing as they develop and manufacture innovative solar technologies. | Image source: U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission public filings.


Over the past five years, the Energy Department’s SunShot Incubator program investments have helped get nearly 40 small

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Innovation



Above: Secretary Chu sits down with Microsoft Founder and Chairman Bill Gates at the 2012 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit.
Energy Innovation Hubs: Achieving Our Energy Goals with Science


Secretary Chu stops at Oak Ridge National Lab in February 2012 for a quick, nuclear-themed visit that included a tour of the Consortium for Advanced Simulation of Light Water Reactors (CASL) and a stop at the new Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF).  | Photo courtesy of Oak Ridge National Lab


Energy Innovation Hubs are integrated research centers that combine basic and applied research with engineering to accelerate scientific discovery in critical energy issue areas.

Houston We have a Solution: University Teams Tackle Efficiency’s Barriers


Secretary Chu with students from MIT at the Better Buildings Case Competition finale, held in Washington D.C. | Photo by Ken Shipp.


The Better Buildings Case Competition challenges university teams to tackle persistent barriers to energy-efficiency. Find out which teams came out on top at the finale event.

In Case You Missed It: Recap of the 2012 Energy Innovation Summit


Secretary of Energy Steven Chu and Bill Gates, Chairman of Microsoft Corporation, hold a "fireside chat" at the 2012 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit. | Photo by Quentin Kruger.


Nearly 2,500 of the nation’s brightest minds from across the energy ecosystem came together outside Washington, D.C., this week to share ideas about how we can advance technologies to address America’s energy challenges.

Clean Energy Markets: We've Got the Innovation and Deployment Cart and Horse Backwards


Innovation


China has become the world’s largest producer of solar modules. But did you know that these Chinese manufacturers are using technology breakthroughs developed in the United States? What’s the disconnect in the US's ability to deploy it?

2012 ARPA-E Summit Technology Showcase


View photos from the 2012 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit Technology Showcase, where over 240 breakthrough energy developments from ARPA-E awardees and other innovative companies were on display this year.

Secretary Chu Recognizes America's Next Top Energy Innovators


Andrew Heidloff, representing start-up company Iowa Powder Atomization Technologies, is one of America's Next Top Innovators. Secretary Chu announced the winners of the competition today at the 2012 ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit. | Photo courtesy of ARPA-e contractor Dave Meyer.

Secretary Chu recognizes the America's Next Top Energy Innovators who were chosen out of 14 participating companies based on a public online vote and an expert review.

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