Thursday, January 19, 2012
ORNL in the News

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory

(Physorg.com) "Studies suggest that there is about 1,700 billion tons of carbon in this upper portion of permafrost, which is twice as much as is now in the atmosphere and four times as much as cumulative fossil fuel emissions since the Industrial Revolution," said Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Daniel Hayes...1/18

Li-based Batteries Fueling U.S. Electric Vehicle Goals

(Phoenix Green Business Examiner) ORNL and LBL are helping pioneer the next-generation of green automobiles in the U.S. to help the country reach President Obama’s goal of having 1 million electric cars on the road by 2015...ORNL’s new battery has the potential to be used in a plethora of heavy-duty applications, beyond just hybrid electric vehicles including power grids and energy storage systems for wind and solar power generators...1/17

Change: Mason talks about lab benefits

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The ORNL director said the changes were reviewed exhaustively by lab contractor UT-Battelle and its Board of Governors, as well the U.S. Department of Energy. The changes are an attempt to cut costs while remaining competitive with other research institutions for recruiting and retaining top talent. He said he was confident that ORNL would still be able to match up....1/18

Modeling and Analysis: The future of smart grid efficiency

(FierceSmartGrid.com) ...ORNL is working with the U.S. Department of Energy to develop mathematical modeling and analysis tools to accelerate performance and grid resilience, as well as to predict how the smart grid may respond to certain events. Tom King said the goal is to create a "look-ahead" simulator to aid in creating more efficient demand response programs and understanding where the grid is the most strained...1/18

DOE

Deputy Secretary Poneman Statement on Second Meeting of the U.S. – South Africa Bilateral Energy Dialogue

(DOE.gov) U.S. Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman and South African Minister of Energy Dipuo Peters held the second meeting of the U.S. – South Africa Bilateral Energy Dialogue yesterday...1/17

Pay freeze doesn't halt raises at Y-12

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...B&W spokesman David Keim said Y-12 is still operating under a two-year pay freeze that was instituted by DOE in response to "budget deficits and national economic conditions....1/18

A special event for Y-12 family

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The U.S. Labor Department will host a day-long session in Oak Ridge Wednesday to discuss changes that will make it easier for former Y-12 workers -- or their surviving relatives -- to collect money from the federal compensation program for sick nuclear workers...1/17

 

National

Obama rejects Keystone pipeline from Canada to Texas

(USA Today) President Obama's rejection Wednesday of rapid approval of the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Texas triggered Republican and business community objections but also signs from Obama and the pipeline company that the issue was far from over...1/18

East Tennessee

GREAT things happened in Oak Ridge in 2011!

(Oak Ridger) ...The Carbon Fiber Technology Center, located at the Horizon Center business park in West Oak Ridge, is among the latest of several major ‘wins’ for Oak Ridge and will be the ‘center of the universe for carbon fiber...1/17

State & Regional

TVA completes financing to lease Rogersville plant

(AP) The Tennessee Valley Authority says it has completed the financing needed to lease the John Sevier plant in Rogersville, Tenn...1/18

energy & science policy

House Science Committee Hearing Highlights Concerns About Webb Space Telescope

(AIP) “In my view, NASA’s latest replan for the James Webb Space Telescope is the agency’s last opportunity to hold this program together,” said House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Ralph Hall (R-TX) at a hearing last month...1/17

science & technology

Ten-Second Dance of Electrons Is Step Toward Exotic New Computers

(Science Daily) In the basement of Hoyt Laboratory at Princeton University, Alexei Tyryshkin clicked a computer mouse and sent a burst of microwaves washing across a silicon crystal suspended in a frozen cylinder of stainless steel...1/17

Life-long intelligence in the genes

(Nature News) A Scottish intelligence study that began 80 years ago has borne new fruit. Researchers have tracked down the study’s surviving participants — who joined the study when they were 11 years old — to estimate the role that our genes have in maintaining intelligence through to old age...1/18

Nissan Leaf batteries could be recycled for power grid backup

(The Tennessean) Nissan has joined forces with three energy-technology companies to develop a way to use retired lithium-ion battery packs from electric vehicles to store electricity from the public power grid during off-peak hours, and then make it available for use when electricity use is heavy, such as hot summer afternoons...1/19

Cheap Chinese Panels Spark Solar Power Trade War

(NPR) There's a solar trade war going on inside the U.S., sparked by an invasion of inexpensive imports from China. The U.S. solar industry is divided over these imports: Panel-makers say their business is suffering and want a tariff slapped on the imports. But other parts of the industry say these cheap panels are driving a solar boom in the U.S...1/19

Other Stories

As Powers Maneuver, Israel Says No Decision Yet to Attack Iran

(NY Times) Defense Minister Ehud Barak of Israel said on Wednesday that any decision on attacking Iran because of its nuclear program was “very far off,” apparently seeking to lower the tone of increasingly nervous discourse as powers maneuver in advance of European moves to intensify sanctions against Tehran. ...1/18