ORNL in the News

ORNL nuclear engineer selected for national reactor development position

(Oak Ridge Today) The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy has selected Lou Qualls of Oak Ridge National Laboratory as the national technical director for molten salt reactors, or MSRs...7/26

US Energy Department lab bolsters quantum computing resources

(ZD Net) The US Energy Department is partnering with D-Wave to give researchers at its largest open science lab access to more quantum computing resources. Per the agreement, researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee will have cloud access to a D-Wave 2000Q system, allowing them to explore hybrid computing architectures...7/26

ORNL researchers discover new class of porous membranes boosting biofuel production efficiencies

(Biofuels Digest) ...this new class of high-performance membrane technology can be used to improve the efficiency of biofuel separations, effectively lowering the cost of biofuel production and helping BETO advance its goal of creating cost-competitive, domestically-produced fuels...7/25

Qubitekk licenses ORNL single-photon source approach for quantum encryption

(PhysOrg) Qubitekk has non-exclusively licensed an Oak Ridge National Laboratory-developed method to produce quantum light particles, known as photons, in a controlled, deterministic manner that promises improved speed and security when sharing encrypted data...7/25

Neutrons peer into a running engine

(PhysOrg) ... A team from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory worked with industry partners to perform the test, which looked at whether a high-performance alloy that is promising for automotive applications held up under the heat and stress of an internal combustion engine...7/26

Science and Technology

Scientists find sunscreen potential in Antarctic plants

(Reuters) Scientists in Chile have discovered molecules in two species of Antarctic flowers that protect the plants from solar radiation and could potentially be used in products such as sunscreen for humans and protection for vulnerable crops...7/27

Energy and Science Policy

Senate Spending Bill Boosts DOE Office of Science, ARPA-E, and NNSA

(AIP) The Senate’s fiscal year 2018 appropriations bill for the Department of Energy would provide significant funding increases to the Office of Science, the National Nuclear Security Administration, and the Advanced Research Projects Agency—Energy...7/24

DOE

UCOR wins international innovation award

(Oak Ridge Today) The federal cleanup contractor in Oak Ridge was among 11 international winners of the Environmental Health and Safety Innovation Awards. URS | CH2M Oak Ridge LLC, or UCOR, is the cleanup contractor for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office of Environmental Management...7/24

House, Senate committees recommend funding to reduce Y-12’s Protected Area

(ORNL Today) Appropriations committees in both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives have recommended funding for a project that could reduce the Protected Area at the Y-12 National Security Complex by about 50 percent...7/26

The U.S. Department Of Energy Wants To Turn Coal Waste Into High Tech Components

(WESA.fm) Researchers at the National Energy Technology Laboratory south of Pittsburgh are discovering valuable rare earth elements in coal waste...7/25

NIH Awards $9.3M for Further Development of PHENIX Structural Biology Software

(Berkeley Lab) The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded $9.3 million to the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) to support ongoing development of PHENIX, a software suite for solving three-dimensional macromolecular structures...7/26

Strange electrons break the crystal symmetry of high-temperature superconductors

(PhysOrg) The perfect performance of superconductors could revolutionize everything from grid-scale power infrastructure to consumer electronics, if only they could be coerced into operating above frigid temperatures...5/26

Local and State

EPA picks Oak Ridge to apply for new loan program for new water plant

(Oak Ridge Today) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has invited the City of Oak Ridge to apply for a new federal loan program for the city’s proposed new water plant...7/23