Thursday, February 3, 2011
ORNL in the News

Can GridEye Save America’s Power Grid?

(Forbes) GridEye, a complex grid-monitoring technology developed at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Oak Ridge, Tenn., wants to do the unthinkable: keep the lights on in America...“ORNL’s most recent deployment of GridEye sensors focuses on portions of the grid where high penetration of renewables is planned,” said Yilu Liu, a researcher at ORNL’s Energy and Transportation Science Division...2/2

DOE Energy Innovation Portal Connects Innovative Energy Technologies To The Marketplace

(Poweronline.com) The U.S. Department of Energy's Energy Innovation Portal now has more than 300 business-friendly marketing summaries available to help investors and companies identify and license leading-edge energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies...The Portal was inspired by success stories like the Ampulse Corporation. Ampulse is a thin-film silicon photovoltaic company created through the union of two unique breakthrough technologies - one invented at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, the other at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado...2/3

DOE

DOE's early investment in Shale Gas technology producing results today

(Commodities Now) A $92 million research investment in the 1970s by the U.S. Department of Energy is today being credited with technological contributions that have stimulated development of domestic natural gas from shales. The result: more U.S. jobs, increased energy security, and higher revenues for states and the Federal Government....2/2

State & Regional

SimCenter Grows Partnerships

(Tennessee Alumnus) To Colonel Michael Panarisi, it’s crystal clear: He sees a distinct connection between the work of the ­SimCenter: National Center for Computational Engineering at UT Chattanooga and the U.S. Air Force’s Arnold Engineering Development Center in Tullahoma, Tennessee...1/31

National

White House Charts a New Plan

(Wall Street Journal) The Obama administration, stung by an outbreak of violence in Cairo Wednesday, is now pushing for a speedy transfer of power to a transitional government that would sideline Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak or remove him from power, people familiar with the matter say...2/3

East Tennessee

State buying new land by Gray fossil site

(AP) ...The site was unearthed in 2000 by a state crew cutting a road through the property. It has since produced a rich supply of animal fossils...2/2

energy & science policy

Safety Panel Expresses Concerns About NASA’s Human Spaceflight and Exploration Program

(AIP) A new report by NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel reveals that the space agency’s new human spaceflight and exploration program is a work in progress...2/2

White House to Promote Energy-Efficient Building

(Wall Street Journal) The White House on Thursday will unveil a five-point plan to persuade owners of commercial buildings to retrofit them to be more energy efficient, but aides will not say how much the program will cost...2/3

Inside Energy Extra

2/2 A daily report on U.S. energy policy
[ORNL users only]
- Court nixes DOE transmission routes
- Extension sought for stimulus aid
- NRC license-review pace fine: Jaczko
- DOE aims to boost grid cybersecurity

science & technology

Kepler Planet Hunter Finds 1,200 Possibilities

(NY Times) Astronomers have cracked the Milky Way like a piñata, and planets are now pouring out so fast that they don’t know what to do with them all...2/2

Science's 8 Greatest Unsolved Mysteries

(Popular Mechanics) Here's the skinny on some of science's greatest mysteries—from attaining immortality and the search for alien life to traveling through time...2/2

Report Foresees Quick Gulf of Mexico Recovery

(NY Times) The Gulf of Mexico should recover from the environmental damage caused by the enormous BP oil spill last year faster than many people expected, according to new estimates in reports commissioned by Kenneth R. Feinberg, the administrator of the $20 billion compensation fund...2/1

Other Stories

Russia Working on Mysterious Space Plane of Its Own

(Wired News) It’s official: the space race is on again. 44 years after the Soviet Union launched its Sputnik I satellite, sparking the original space race — and 20 years after the USSR’s collapse left America as the sole space superpower — the Russians are back on track...2/3