Energy Dept Report Highlights National Labs’ Activities

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The Energy Department has released a report that lists activities of national laboratories as well as DOE’s efforts to boost oversight and coordination with the labs.

DOE said Wednesday the “State of the Department of Energy National Laboratories Report” says increased investments into national labs helped boost vitality over the past decade.

National labs carried out fundamental and applied research that fostered the shale gas revolution and development of nuclear energy, photovoltaics and energy storage for the transportation industry, according to the report.

Other accomplishments include the creation of energy efficiency technologies and standards; scientific discoveries such as new chemical elements and new states of matter; and U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile maintenance through high performance computing and other technologies.

The report noted that Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz’s reorganization of DoE and the establishment of an under secretary for science and energy worked to support collaboration between DOE experts to address issues like grid modernization.

The study details the achievements of each of the 17 national labs as well as future challenges including the maintenance of a skilled workforce and upkeep of aging infrastructure that support critical facilities and assets.

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