ORNL in the News

Research Collaboration Brings New Concepts for Potassium-Ion Batteries

(R&D Magazine) Researchers are making progress in developing rechargeable batteries based on potassium, a potential alternative to lithium that’s less expensive and far more plentiful, and also have shown how to derive carbon for battery electrodes from old tires...Three research papers on the potassium-ion battery work were published this month, in collaborations with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory and National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan...6/22

ORNL’s Titan drops to number four on list of world’s most powerful supercomputers

(Oak Ridge Today) ...The TOP50 List of the world’s most powerful supercomputers is based on a benchmark test known as Linpack. The list is released twice each year, once in June and again in November...6/19

Science and Technology

GE Plans World's Largest Laser-Powered 3D Printer

(PC Magazine) General Electric is poised to start churning out the world's largest laser-powered 3D printer that makes parts out of metal powder, delivering examples to factories next year so that they can get started making airplane parts and products for the automotive, power, and oil and gas industries...6/21

Energy and Science Policy

Perry defends budget cuts to energy research

(Houston Chronicle) Energy Secretary Rick Perry defended President Donald Trump's proposal to slash funding for energy research programs Tuesday as necessary to reduce the government's budget deficit...June 20.

U.S. Falls Behind China and Switzerland in Supercomputer Race

(Fortune) ...Two Chinese supercomputers and an upgraded supercomputer in Switzerland rank ahead of the U.S. in a biannual list of top supercomputers releasedMonday by the TOP500 organization, which tracks supercomputer speeds...6/20

DOE

Energy Department Selects 13 Projects to Deploy Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency on Indian Lands

(Energy.gov) The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs announced today that it has selected 13 tribal energy projects to receive funding of $7.8 million...6/22

DOE to Invest $20 Million in New Oil and Gas Research Projects

(Energy.gov) The U.S. Department of Energy today announced the availability of $20 million for cost-shared oil and gas research projects to increase recovery efficiency from unconventional oil and gas wells and to prevent offshore spills and leaks...6/21

Alexander: Research At 17 National Laboratories Is Nation's Secret Weapon

(The Chattanoogan) Senator Lamar Alexander Wednesday said in a hearing on the president’s fiscal year 2018 budget request for the United States Department of Energy, that supporting government-sponsored research is one of the most important investments our country can make to encourage innovation, help our free enterprise system create good-paying jobs, and ensure American competitiveness in a global economy...6/21

Local and State

Haslam heads to Europe on trade mission next week

(Times Free Press) Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and the state's chief economic recruiter, Bob Rolfe, will head to Europe next week for an economic development trip designed to strengthen Tennessee's ties with European businesses, which have already opened more than 500 facilities in the Volunteer State...6/22