Wednesday, April 28, 2010

DOE Launches New Green Energy Database

If Earth Day inspired you to seek out research on renewable energy, then the U.S. Department of Energy has made your search a little bit easier. The agency just launched DOE Green Energy, a new database that provides free public access to publications on thousands of DOE-sponsored R&D projects about renewable energy topics such as geothermal, solar, wind, hydroelectric, and biomass energy. The database contains links to citations, full-text reports, and patents.

DOE Green Energy uses a simple keyword search function and supports Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT), so you can refine or expand your results using multiple search terms. After you do a search, you'll notice separate tabs near the top of the screen that distinguish between R&D results and patents. Although the web site doesn't provide the specific date range of its content, I've found results dating as far back as 1944.

DOE Green Energy was launched by DOE's Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI), which also provides the OSTI Information Bridge of DOE research reports. For additional government resources on alternative (and conventional) energy, take a look at our guide.

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