ORNL in the News

UT engineering students help ORNL, Local Motors print drivable 3D car

(Oak Ridge Today) ...UT, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Local Motors, Cincinnati Incorporated, and Oak Ridge Associated Universities teamed up to print a working, drivable car over the weekend at the International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago...9/17

Spallation Neutron Source shut down prematurely; problem with newly installed target

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The Spallation Neutron Source returned to operation Aug. 15 following its annual five-week summer maintenance period, but the SNS was shut down prematurely late last week after a problem was identified with a new target vessel that had been installed during the summer outage...9/15

Research team aims to improve plant-based battery with neutrons, simulation

(PhysOrg) When Orlando Rios first started analyzing samples of carbon fibers made from a woody plant polymer known as lignin, he noticed something unusual. The material's microstructure—a mixture of perfectly spherical nanoscale crystallites distributed within a fibrous matrix—looked almost too good to be true...9/18

ORNL researchers, Anderson County commissioner to speak at UT Science Forums

(Oak Ridger) This week’s Science Forum at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will look at alternative transportation energy sources and innovations. Claus Daniel, deputy director of the Sustainable Transportation program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, will talk on “Electrification of Transportation: Cost and Opportunities,”...9/17

DOE expands Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative; ORNL a partner on one of the projects

(Knoxville News Sentinel) As a part of an expansion of its Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative, the Department of Energy today announced an additional $23 million in funding for 12 projects...9/17

Science and Technology

Enormous Carbon Capture Project Begins Construction In Texas

(Popular Science) What will eventually be the world's largest carbon capture facility has started construction near Houston, Texas. The Petra Nova system will collect carbon dioxide leaving an existing coal plant by spritzing the plant's exhaust with a chemical solvent...9/10

Hacked photosynthesis could boost crop yields

(Nature) Researchers have taken an important step towards enhancing photosynthesis by engineering plants with enzymes from blue-green algae that speed up the process of converting carbon dioxide into sugars...9/17

Energy and Science Policy

House Passes Exascale Computing Bill

(AIP) “The Secretary [of Energy] shall conduct a coordinated research program to develop exascale computing systems to advance the missions of the Department” states H.R. 2495, the American Super Computing Leadership Act...9/16

Prominent U.S. academics reprise plea for more basic research to fuel innovation

(Science Magazine) How long can U.S. science lobbyists keep repeating the same message—that boosting federal funding for basic research and removing barriers to innovation is a proven way to ensure economic prosperity—without tuning out their intended audience?...9/16


Energy Department Takes Major Steps to Increase U.S. Energy Productivity and Manufacturing

(Energy.gov) The Department of Energy today announced expansions of its Clean Energy Manufacturing Initiative in support of the American manufacturing sector and a new initiative to support President Obama’s goal of doubling energy productivity by 2030...9/17

National Lab Day: How the National Labs Keep Moving America Forward

(Energy.gov) ...Researchers at the National Labs have won 80 Nobel prizes in the sciences, and this past year alone, National Labs were awarded 31 of the 100 R&D 100 awards, known as the “Oscars of Innovation.”...9/17

New priorities for UPF’s alternative future

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The NNSA and its contractor (Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC) have instituted a virtual blackout on information regarding the Uranium Processing Facility in recent months, answering few questions and saying little about how it plans to implement recommendations of the Red Team...9/17

New studies find significant declines in price of rooftop and utility-scale solar

(PhysOrg) The price of solar energy in the United States continues to fall substantially, according to the latest editions of two annual reports produced by the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory...9/18

Harnessing the wind

(Sequim Gazette) More than a year’s worth of collaboration from many researchers from varying facets of the scientific community have come together to mark a milestone in offshore wind energy research. Scientists with Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) plan to commission two buoys outfitted with state-of-the-art technology by the end of the week...9/16

Local and State

Alexander Inn, Family Pride to receive historic preservation award

(ORNL Today) The company converting a historic two-story hotel in Jackson Square into an assisted living center will receive a historic preservation award on Thursday...9/17

Could Nissan's battery plant be running out of juice?

(The Tennessean) Just as electric vehicle startup Tesla starts work on a $5 billion battery "gigafactory" in Nevada, Japanese automaker Nissan reportedly has begun reassessing its own commitment to making EV batteries, and might even be considering shutting down the $1.4 billion-plus battery plant it opened in Smyrna just two years ago...9/17

Oak Ridge receives TDOT grant to improve traffic flow

(WVLT-TV) ...The program will target 26 traffic signals on Illinois Avenue, Oak Ridge Turnpike, and Lafayette Drive. Lights will be synchronized to improve traffic flow, reduce congestion, vehicle idling, and decrease commuter travel time...9/17