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Posted on Mon, 06/27/2011 - 04:42 PM by Bryan Nisperos
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In recent years, the red, white and blue has waved proudly with the saffron, white and green, as the United States and India have deepened their relationship. Today, it’s an even brighter blue and a deeper green, thanks to the first long-term collaborative research effort on climate between the U.S. Department of Energy and India’s science-related agencies.

ARM Mobile Facility instrumentation is installed in June 2011 at the ARIES Observatory in Nainital, India, for the Ganges Valley Aerosol Experiment (GVAX). | Courtesy of

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Virginia Manufacturer Keeps Jobs Local By Embracing Energy Efficiency

Volvo Trucks’ New River Valley (NRV) plant, located in Dublin, Virginia, is the company’s largest truck manufacturing facility in the world—and the plant’s senior management aims to keep it that way. By embracing energy efficiency as a critical part of its business strategy, the company is realizing huge energy savings as it continues to expand and create local jobs.


LiveChat Wed, 6/29, 2pm: Our Energy Independence

As many of us hit the road to celebrate America's independence this upcoming 4th of July weekend, we must once again confront the reality of our country's economy, environment and security dependence on foreign oil.

On Wednesday, June 29th, at 2:00 pm ET, please join Dr. Arun Majumdar at for a frank, two-way discussion about the investments the federal government is making in innovative research and technology today that will move us off of foreign oil and toward the clean energy infrastructure of the future.


For Review: Geek-Up[6.24.2011]: Bubbles, Voyager Probes and Dust-Sized Dragonflies

The end of our solar system is bubbly.


Geek-Up[6.24.2011]: Bubbles, Voyager Probes and Dust-Sized Dragonflies

The end of our solar system is bubbly.


Investing in a New Era of Manufacturing Technology

Earlier today, President Obama announced the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, a national effort that brings together industry, universities and the federal government to invest in emerging technologies that will create high quality manufacturing jobs and enhance our global competitiveness. As part of that effort, the Energy Department will be investing up to $120 million over three years in the development of transformational manufacturing technologies and innovative materials that could enable industrial facilities to dramatically increase their energy efficiency.



Rethinking Silly Car Trips

European cities try to "rationalize" car use -- that is, to get people to think twice before grabbing the keys.

It's Official: A Timetable for Jamaica Bay's Cleanup

The city plans upgrades at four sewage treatment plants that will halve the amount of nitrogen slowing into the waterway.

Grasping Climate Change at a Garden-Plot Level

A pilot project will educate visitors to public gardens on how global warming and other climate trends could affect local plant species.

What's behind the numbers?

Among the most visible prices that consumers may see on a daily basis are the ones found on the large signs at the gasoline stations alongside our streets and highways.


NREL Facility Named One of Nation’s Top Sustainable Buildings

It’s been a little over a year since the Energy Department’s Research Support Facility (RSF) opened on the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) campus in Colorado. The innovative approach taken in the design and construction of the NREL corporate headquarters has already led to 24 local and international awards. This month, it received one of its most important distinctions: the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Award for New Construction by the U.S. Green Building Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable building design and construction.



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