The Department of Energy issued its first Quadrennial Technology Review (QTR), dated September 2011.
The Office of Science's Basic Energy Research held a Basic Research Needs (BRN) workshop series started in 2002 which main purpose is help provide solutions for the pressing energy challenges of the 21st century. Topics include hydrogen economy, solar energy utilization, superconductivity, solid-state lighting, advanced nuclear energy systems, combustion of 21st century fuels, electric energy storage, and geosciences: scientific challenges for measurement, monitoring and verification. In addition, other BES-sponsored workshop reports that address the status of some important research areas are important reading materials.
Five grand challenges for basic energy research are subject of the 2007 report, "Directing Matter and Energy: Five Challenges for Science and the Imagination."
The www.energyfrontier.us website used for the Science for Our Nation’s Energy EFRC Summit & Forum will continue as an EFRC Community website. On it are a number of resources that will be of interest to EFRC members and the extended energy science community, including:
The "Science for Our Nation’s Energy Future", a DOE summit and forum, was held on May 25-27, 2011. It highlighted early successes of the Department of Energy's Office of Science Energy Frontier Research Centers and sought to promote collaboration across the national energy enterprise.
For more information on the DOE, Basic Energy Sciences Division and the Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRC), please use these links.
News releases from BES • FY2011 funding request is $40M more to be available for additional EFRCs in the areas of discovery and development of new materials and basic research on energy needs. •Highlights • EFRC publications