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Energy

NIST develops the testing, measurements, and reference materials needed to ensure the quality of energy-related products and services and ensure fairness in the marketplace.

TAKING MEASURE BLOG: In Pursuit of Plasma Power: Hot Stuff, Snowstorms, and Starry Skies

The sun
Credit: NASA
Do we really need hot stuff? I’m not talking about Donna Summer’s disco hit of 1979 or global warming. I’m not talking about anything so lukewarm as the surface of our sun—a mere 6,000 kelvins. I don’t even mean something as hot as 1,000,000 kelvins. No, the kind of hot stuff I’m talking about is closer to an unimaginable 200,000,000 kelvins! What possible use could we have for something so hot?

It should be of no surprise to anyone that we have an insatiable appetite for energy, and that appetite is only going to grow. But how are we going to feed this need for energy? Continue reading Yuri Ralchenko's blog post.

News and Updates

Industry Impacts

Net-Zero Energy House

To decrease the $225 billion that U.S. consumers spend each year in household energy costs will require accurate, reliable information about how new

Projects and Programs

Characterization of 3D Photovoltaics

Our goal is to provide industry with test structures and models of next-generation photovoltaics, with an initial focus on cadmium telluride (CdTe) and CuIn x

Publications

Situational Awareness for Electric Utilities

Author(s)
James J. McCarthy, Otis Alexander, Sallie Edwards, Don Faatz, Chris Peloquin, Susan Symington, Andre Thibault, John Wiltberger, Karen Viani
Through direct dialogue between NCCoE staff and members of the energy sector (comprised mainly of electric power companies and those who provide equipment and

Software

The NIST Data Alignment Tool

The Data Alignment Tool (DAT) was built to assist with the analysis of data used in testing fault detection and diagnostics (FDD) tools and building

Building Life Cycle Cost Programs

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) developed the Building Life Cycle Cost (BLCC) Programs to provide computational support for the

Tools and Instruments

Nonlinear Optical Spectroscopy

Vibrationally-Resonant Sum Frequency Spectroscopy (VR-SFS): A nonlinear vibrational spectroscopy in which two colors of light, one in the visible and one in

Awards

John Lehman Receives Rabinow Award

The Jacob Rabinow Applied Research Award, first presented in 1975, is granted for outstanding achievements in the practical application of...

2011 AAAS Fellow - Cedric Powell

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society, has elected Cedric Powell of...