Search energy research back to 1948

Submitted by Shawn Reeves
2006-10-05 12:58:02

The following are quotes from the US Department of Energy, Office of Scientific and Technical Information, web site:
Energy Citations, from the US Dept. of Energy, contains bibliographic records for energy and energy-related scientific and technical information from the Department of Energy (DOE) and its predecessor agencies, the Energy Research & Development Administration (ERDA) and the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC). The Database provides access to DOE publicly available citations from 1948 through the present, with continued growth through regular updates.

Full text of resources/documents identified by searching the Energy Citations Database (ECD) are available through a variety of sources, including the originating source.
The DOE Information Bridge provides access to full text of Department of Energy (DOE) sponsored research literature received in paper copy or electronic format from DOE Laboratories and Grantees at the DOE Office of Scientific and Technical Information (OSTI) since January 1995. It was developed and is maintained by OSTI and is made publicly available without charge to users.

Regional Federal Depository Libraries maintain and make available the DOE research literature free to the public, providing access to non-electronic full-text DOE literature prior to 1995 and electronic access to the more recent resources/documents

I was interested in selective surface coating (used in energy-trapping devices like solar hot water heaters), specifically black chrome, so I learned that papers with abstracts including "black chrome" have been published since 1967, very few in this decade (2000-2006), most in the late 70s and early 80s, almost all the papers since 1993 have full text electonically available.
A search for "efficiency" and "photovoltaic" returned 6949 matches, with the top match being the obviously useful "Trust But Verify: Procedures to Achieve Accurate Efficiency Measurements for All Photovoltaic Technologies," available in full text electronically from the National Renewable Energy Labs.
For any of you teachers who are interested in showing students how science is done, this is an excellent resource.

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