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Solar ☀️and wind 💨 are becoming a bigger part of America's energy mix.

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, electricity generation from large, utility-scale solar energy systems will grow by 10% in 2019 and 17% in 2020.  Electricity generation from wind is expected to increase by 12% and 14% during the next two years.

Here, a solar array is installed at @NationalRenewableEnergyLab's National Wind Technology Center for an energy systems integration study. 📸 Dennis Schroeder

#wind #solar #renewables #energy #innovation #technology.

Solar ☀️and wind 💨 are becoming a bigger part of America's energy mix. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, electricity generation from large, utility-scale solar energy systems will grow by 10% in 2019 and 17% in 2020. Electricity generation from wind is expected to increase by 12% and 14% during the next two years. Here, a solar array is installed at @NationalRenewableEnergyLab 's National Wind Technology Center for an energy systems integration study. 📸 Dennis Schroeder #wind #solar #renewables #energy #innovation #technology ...

SOMETHING BLUE: 🔵 Sometimes to go green, you gotta go blue as shown in this microscopic image!

@PNNLab scientists are exploring new ways to capture and store carbon dioxide from power plants. One example: using minerals to absorb supercritical CO2 and converting it to a more stable mineral.

The research involves simulating and observing zinc oxide carbonation at extremely small scales, helping scientists understand how the amount of water in the system changes the surface and the role it plays in the mineral’s ability to capture and store carbon dioxide.

#Science #Microscopic #Energy #Blue #Elements.

SOMETHING BLUE: 🔵 Sometimes to go green, you gotta go blue as shown in this microscopic image! @PNNLab scientists are exploring new ways to capture and store carbon dioxide from power plants. One example: using minerals to absorb supercritical CO2 and converting it to a more stable mineral. The research involves simulating and observing zinc oxide carbonation at extremely small scales, helping scientists understand how the amount of water in the system changes the surface and the role it plays in the mineral’s ability to capture and store carbon dioxide. #Science #Microscopic #Energy #Blue #Elements ...

GIDDY-UP, ROBOTS! 🤠🤖 Nice work by the 10 bomb squad teams who took part in @sandialabs' 13th annual Robot Rodeo last week!
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They tackled 12 challenging scenarios in an ultimate test of skills.  Scenarios took place in a cargo plane, the National Solar Thermal Test Facility, a warehouse, and other locations and involved simulated terrorist attack attempts, artificial suspicious devices, and more.
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Teams that participated in this year's Robot Rodeo included Kirtland usairforce Base Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team, @albuquerquepolice, @donaanacounty Sheriff’s Office, nmstatepolice, two @usnavy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Teams, Fort Carson Army Base Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, @dfwairport Police, @riversidecountysheriff from California, and the 21st U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal group.

#Robots #Technology #Innovation #NationalSecurity.

GIDDY-UP, ROBOTS! 🤠🤖 Nice work by the 10 bomb squad teams who took part in @sandialabs ' 13th annual Robot Rodeo last week! . They tackled 12 challenging scenarios in an ultimate test of skills. Scenarios took place in a cargo plane, the National Solar Thermal Test Facility, a warehouse, and other locations and involved simulated terrorist attack attempts, artificial suspicious devices, and more. . Teams that participated in this year's Robot Rodeo included Kirtland usairforce Base Explosive Ordnance Disposal Team, @albuquerquepolice , @donaanacounty Sheriff’s Office, nmstatepolice, two @usnavy Explosive Ordnance Disposal Teams, Fort Carson Army Base Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion, @dfwairport Police, @riversidecountysheriff from California, and the 21st U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal group. #Robots #Technology #Innovation #NationalSecurity ...

Biking to work is wheelie 🚲 fun! See what we did there? 😉

Thanks to all the Energy Department employees who made their commute more sustainable today.

#BikeToWorkDay.

Biking to work is wheelie 🚲 fun! See what we did there? 😉 Thanks to all the Energy Department employees who made their commute more sustainable today. #BikeToWorkDay ...

CUTTING TIME WITH AI:  Test launches for hypersonic weapons – long-range missiles that fly a mile per second and faster – take weeks to plan. Cutting that time down from weeks to minutes for deployed systems is the goal of Autonomy New Mexico, an academic research coalition by @sandialabs focused on creating artificially intelligent aerospace systems.

Here, a pilot flies an unmanned aerial vehicle at dusk. Humans might see their roles throughout aviation and aerospace shift if researchers can simplify manual tasks with artificial intelligence. Go to sandia.gov/news to learn more. 📸 Randy Montoya

#artificialintelligence #AI #technology #innovation #sunsets #newmexico.

CUTTING TIME WITH AI: Test launches for hypersonic weapons – long-range missiles that fly a mile per second and faster – take weeks to plan. Cutting that time down from weeks to minutes for deployed systems is the goal of Autonomy New Mexico, an academic research coalition by @sandialabs focused on creating artificially intelligent aerospace systems. Here, a pilot flies an unmanned aerial vehicle at dusk. Humans might see their roles throughout aviation and aerospace shift if researchers can simplify manual tasks with artificial intelligence. Go to sandia.gov/news to learn more. 📸 Randy Montoya #artificialintelligence #AI #technology #innovation #sunsets #newmexico ...

POWERFUL PEROVSKITES: ☀️💪When you think of solar energy technologies, the first thing that may come to mind is bulky solar panels on houses.

But what if you could literally paint or apply solar cells directly on buildings or other structures? That's the promise of perovskite solar technologies. Scientists at @nationalrenewableenergylab have made big strides in developing perovskite solar cells that are more efficient and affordable.

Go to NREL.gov/news to learn about new research that helped boost the efficiency of low-bandgap perovskite solar cells by more than 20%!
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#solarenergy #solarpower #renewables #renewableenergy #innovation #technology #science.

POWERFUL PEROVSKITES: ☀️💪When you think of solar energy technologies, the first thing that may come to mind is bulky solar panels on houses. But what if you could literally paint or apply solar cells directly on buildings or other structures? That's the promise of perovskite solar technologies. Scientists at @nationalrenewableenergylab have made big strides in developing perovskite solar cells that are more efficient and affordable. Go to NREL.gov/news to learn about new research that helped boost the efficiency of low-bandgap perovskite solar cells by more than 20%! . #solarenergy #solarpower #renewables #renewableenergy #innovation #technology #science ...

⏪🕰 We're flashing back to the 1970s when Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's Shiva became the world’s most powerful laser! In 1977, Shiva delivered 10.2 kilojoules of energy in less than a billionth of a second in the first full-power firing of its 20 beams. Here, a researcher works on the laser's target chamber in 1979.

Today, @Livermore_Lab is home to the National Ignition Facility, the largest and most energetic laser facility ever built. Researchers focus the facility's laser beams onto a variety of targets, creating extreme states of matter, including temperatures of more than 100 million degrees Celsius (180 million degrees Fahrenheit) and pressures that exceed 100 billion times Earth’s atmosphere.

These experiments help advance technologies and techniques used in national security, energy, astrophysics, materials science, and more.

#FlashbackFriday #1970s #Lasers #Science #Technology #Innovation.

⏪🕰 We're flashing back to the 1970s when Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory's Shiva became the world’s most powerful laser! In 1977, Shiva delivered 10.2 kilojoules of energy in less than a billionth of a second in the first full-power firing of its 20 beams. Here, a researcher works on the laser's target chamber in 1979. Today, @Livermore_Lab is home to the National Ignition Facility, the largest and most energetic laser facility ever built. Researchers focus the facility's laser beams onto a variety of targets, creating extreme states of matter, including temperatures of more than 100 million degrees Celsius (180 million degrees Fahrenheit) and pressures that exceed 100 billion times Earth’s atmosphere. These experiments help advance technologies and techniques used in national security, energy, astrophysics, materials science, and more. #FlashbackFriday #1970s #Lasers #Science #Technology #Innovation ...

SOLAR STRONG ☀️💪: Did you know that the U.S. is now #2MillionSolarStrong? It’s true! There are now 2 million solar installations providing reliable, affordable power to homes, businesses, and communities across the nation. According to the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA), the 2 million residential, commercial and utility-scale solar projects installed across all 50 states are generating enough electricity each year to power more than 12 million American homes, supporting more than 242,000 jobs in a $17 billion industry. Learn about how the Energy Department supports solar energy technologies and deployment across the U.S. at energy.gov/solar..

SOLAR STRONG ☀️💪: Did you know that the U.S. is now #2MillionSolarStrong ? It’s true! There are now 2 million solar installations providing reliable, affordable power to homes, businesses, and communities across the nation. According to the Solar Energy Industry Association (SEIA), the 2 million residential, commercial and utility-scale solar projects installed across all 50 states are generating enough electricity each year to power more than 12 million American homes, supporting more than 242,000 jobs in a $17 billion industry. Learn about how the Energy Department supports solar energy technologies and deployment across the U.S. at energy.gov/solar. ...

AWARD-WINNING TECH: 🏅Congrats to the team at @NNSANews, @losalamosnatlab, and @NASAGlenn for winning a #GearsofGov President’s Award for developing an electrical power source able to support long-duration crewed missions on the Moon, Mars and destinations beyond.

Throughout the experiment, the team simulated power reduction, failed engines and failed heat pipes, showing that the system could continue to operate and successfully handle multiple failures.

The full-power run showed that it is feasible for NASA to use small fission reactors to power long-term missions on the Moon or Mars. The technology could be crucial to establishing a sustainable presence on the Moon by 2028. NASA shared the successful completion of the experiment during a May 2018 press conference at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.
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Go to performance.gov to learn more. 📸@NASA
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#GearsofGovAwards #Space #Moon #Mars #Technology #Energy #Innovation.

AWARD-WINNING TECH: 🏅Congrats to the team at @NNSANews , @losalamosnatlab , and @NASAGlenn for winning a #GearsofGov President’s Award for developing an electrical power source able to support long-duration crewed missions on the Moon, Mars and destinations beyond. Throughout the experiment, the team simulated power reduction, failed engines and failed heat pipes, showing that the system could continue to operate and successfully handle multiple failures. The full-power run showed that it is feasible for NASA to use small fission reactors to power long-term missions on the Moon or Mars. The technology could be crucial to establishing a sustainable presence on the Moon by 2028. NASA shared the successful completion of the experiment during a May 2018 press conference at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. . Go to performance.gov to learn more. 📸@NASA . #GearsofGovAwards #Space #Moon #Mars #Technology #Energy #Innovation ...

TINY PARTICLES. BIG SCIENCE. Here's a question. Why does anything exist?

The key to this age-old mystery could lie with neutrinos, elusive particles that flow all around us and (through us) by the trillions.

It's why scientists from 175 institutions in over 30 countries are pitching in for the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE), a massive international research project aimed at unlocking the secrets of the neutrino.

Hosted by @fermilab, DUNE will send particles called neutrinos 800 miles through the earth from Illinois to @SanfordLab in South Dakota. There, about a mile underground, the largest liquid-argon neutrino detector ever built will analyze how those neutrinos behave.

One key part of the experiment is the prototype detector called ProtoDUNE, which is 1/20th the size of the planned DUNE detector. Despite its size, ProtoDUNE is already the largest liquid argon neutrino detector in the world. It began recording particle interactions at CERN in September 2018 and will provide invaluable data in the lead-up to the full-scale experiment.

Go to energy.gov/podcast — or tap the link in the bio — and listen to the Energy Department's latest podcast episode for a subatomic sojourn to DUNE!
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📸 Inside the steel structure of ProtoDUNE, technicians installed the vessel that holds the liquid argon. It's made of membranes with special folds that allow them to expand and contract, dealing with the temperature changes of the liquid argon. The liquid is cooled to around minus 300 degrees Fahrenheit. |  Photo by @cern

#science #particlephysics #neutrinos #universe #cosmos #gold #podcasts.

TINY PARTICLES. BIG SCIENCE. Here's a question. Why does anything exist? The key to this age-old mystery could lie with neutrinos, elusive particles that flow all around us and (through us) by the trillions. It's why scientists from 175 institutions in over 30 countries are pitching in for the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE), a massive international research project aimed at unlocking the secrets of the neutrino. Hosted by @fermilab , DUNE will send particles called neutrinos 800 miles through the earth from Illinois to @SanfordLab in South Dakota. There, about a mile underground, the largest liquid-argon neutrino detector ever built will analyze how those neutrinos behave. One key part of the experiment is the prototype detector called ProtoDUNE, which is 1/20th the size of the planned DUNE detector. Despite its size, ProtoDUNE is already the largest liquid argon neutrino detector in the world. It began recording particle interactions at CERN in September 2018 and will provide invaluable data in the lead-up to the full-scale experiment. Go to energy.gov/podcast — or tap the link in the bio — and listen to the Energy Department's latest podcast episode for a subatomic sojourn to DUNE! . 📸 Inside the steel structure of ProtoDUNE, technicians installed the vessel that holds the liquid argon. It's made of membranes with special folds that allow them to expand and contract, dealing with the temperature changes of the liquid argon. The liquid is cooled to around minus 300 degrees Fahrenheit. | Photo by @cern #science #particlephysics #neutrinos #universe #cosmos #gold #podcasts ...

A HOT (100 MILLIONTHS) SECOND: 🔥⏱In the early years of magnetic fusion research, scientists were just starting to examine how to control nuclear energy to generate electricity.

They would need to heat plasma to extremely high temperatures, requiring huge machines like this, which could withstand intense energy levels resulting from fusion reactions.

In this 1974 photo, @LosAlamosNatLab scientists build Scyllac, one of the largest magnetic fusion machines of its time. Scyllac filled a 100-by-100-foot building from wall to wall, and used 12 miles of one-inch cables and 3,000 capacitors to contain hot plasma the size of a small garden hose for just 100 millionths of a second.

#ThrowbackThursday #TBT #Science #Research #Fusion #FusionEnergy #1970s #BlackAndWhitePhotography.

A HOT (100 MILLIONTHS) SECOND: 🔥⏱In the early years of magnetic fusion research, scientists were just starting to examine how to control nuclear energy to generate electricity. They would need to heat plasma to extremely high temperatures, requiring huge machines like this, which could withstand intense energy levels resulting from fusion reactions. In this 1974 photo, @LosAlamosNatLab scientists build Scyllac, one of the largest magnetic fusion machines of its time. Scyllac filled a 100-by-100-foot building from wall to wall, and used 12 miles of one-inch cables and 3,000 capacitors to contain hot plasma the size of a small garden hose for just 100 millionths of a second. #ThrowbackThursday #TBT #Science #Research #Fusion #FusionEnergy #1970s #BlackAndWhitePhotography ...

WATER WONDERFUL WORLD: #DidYouKnow hydropower is the leading source of renewable energy in America? 😯🌊⚡️
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Hydroelectricity accounted for about 7% of total U.S. utility-scale electricity generation and 41% of total utility-scale electricity generation from renewable energy sources last year.

About 200 megawatts of new hydropower capacity were added to the nation's energy mix, according to the most recent Energy Department Hydropower Market Report. In addition, more than 240 hydropower projects were at some stage of the development process by the end of 2018.

Most of the nation's hydropower facilities are located in western states like Washington, California, and Oregon. Oregon's Bonneville Dam (pictured) was built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and opened in 1937. The Energy Department's nonprofit Bonneville Power Administration markets wholesale electrical power from this and 30 additional hydroelectric facilities in the Northwest to cooperatives, local governments, public utilities, and other customers.

This beautiful scene was captured by Rafael Kaup, who won first place in the Water Power Technologies Office's

WATER WONDERFUL WORLD: #DidYouKnow hydropower is the leading source of renewable energy in America? 😯🌊⚡️ . Hydroelectricity accounted for about 7% of total U.S. utility-scale electricity generation and 41% of total utility-scale electricity generation from renewable energy sources last year. About 200 megawatts of new hydropower capacity were added to the nation's energy mix, according to the most recent Energy Department Hydropower Market Report. In addition, more than 240 hydropower projects were at some stage of the development process by the end of 2018. Most of the nation's hydropower facilities are located in western states like Washington, California, and Oregon. Oregon's Bonneville Dam (pictured) was built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and opened in 1937. The Energy Department's nonprofit Bonneville Power Administration markets wholesale electrical power from this and 30 additional hydroelectric facilities in the Northwest to cooperatives, local governments, public utilities, and other customers. This beautiful scene was captured by Rafael Kaup, who won first place in the Water Power Technologies Office's "Make a Splash Photo Contest." Kaup won the top prize in the overall hydropower category. See more winning photos at energy.gov/eere/water. #Hydropower #WaterPower #Hydroelectricity #Energy #RenewableEnergy #RenewablePower #Electricity #aerialphotography #sunrise #Oregon #rivers ...