Thursday, January 21, 2016
ORNL in the News

Promoting E30 Fuel blend up for debate

(Grand Forks Herald) Will the U.S. fuel industry get E30 fuel into the marketplace? That was one of the ethanol-based questions posed at the South Dakota Corn Growers Association annual meeting in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Jan. 9. Brian West, deputy director of the Fuels, Engines and Emissions Research Center at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, said the issue shouldn't be difficult with owners of flex-fuel vehicles that are manufactured to legally use up to 85 percent ethanol...1/20

New Kinds of Bugs For Biofuel Production

(New Energy and Fuel) Researchers at the BioEnergy Science Center at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory are looking beyond the usual suspected bugs in the search for microbes that can efficiently break down inedible plant matter for conversion to biofuels. ..1/21

Researchers use neutrons to gain insight into battery inefficiency

(PhysOrg) Scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are improving the lifetimes of rechargeable batteries that run on lithium, a small atom that can pack tightly into graphite anode materials...1/20

Uncovering Oxygen's Role in Enhancing Red LEDs

(Lab Manager) While oxygen can impede the effectiveness of gallium nitride, an enabling material for LEDs, small amounts can also enhance the devices' optical properties...1/20

Science and Technology

2015 Was Hottest Year in Historical Record, Scientists Say

(NY Times) Scientists reported Wednesday that 2015 was the hottest year in the historical record by far, breaking a mark set only the year before — a burst of heat that has continued into the new year and is roiling weather patterns all over the world...1/20

Energy and Science Policy

Another Physicist Congressman Attempts to Revive the Office of Technology Assessment

(AIP) Rep. Bill Foster follows in the footsteps of a previous Ph.D. physicist-turned-politician, former Rep. Rush Holt, by leading another effort to reestablish the long-mourned Office of Technology Assessment...1/20

DOE

Energy Department Announces $18 Million to Develop Solar Energy Storage Solutions, Boost Grid Resiliency

(Energy.gov) As part of the Energy Department’s Grid Modernization Initiative announced by Secretary Ernest Moniz last week to improve the resiliency, reliability and security of the nation’s electrical power grid, DOE today announced $18 million in funding for six new projects across the United States...1/19

UCOR’s mid-2015 waste problem

(Knoxville News Sentinel) As noted in UCOR’s mostly flattering performance review for the final half of FY 2015, there was a waste problem that shut down waste shipments from Oak Ridge to the Nevada National Security Site for about a month...1/19

Local and State

Robotics team hosts Meet and Greet

(Oak Ridger) Oak Ridge High School (FIRST Robotics Competition) FRC Team 4265 Secret City Wildbots recently hosted its 3rd annual Meet and Greet. Ten teams from around the East Tennessee region gathered to demonstrate robots they’d constructed previously, network and begin preparation and planning for the upcoming season...1/19

UT Chattanooga is increasing its impact on the region

(Tennessee Alumnus) ...New positions have been created to focus on research development and on community partnerships and connection, while a new head of the UTC SimCenter: National Center for Computational Engineering is looking for ways to extend the center’s reach further into Chattanooga’s high-tech entrepreneurial vision and the Gig City initiative...1/19