Thursday, March 17, 2016
ORNL in the News

New Microwave Imaging Approach Opens Nanoscale View on Processes in Liquids

(R&D Magazine) U.S. government nanotechnology researchers have demonstrated a new window to view what are now mostly clandestine operations occurring in soggy, inhospitable realms of the nanoworld—technologically and medically important processes that occur at boundaries between liquids and solids, such as in batteries or along cell membranes...3/16

ORNL team gains insight into elastic properties of next-gen energy storage material MXene; understanding how ions flow 

(Green Car Congress) Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, with a colleague from Drexel University, have combined advanced in-situ microscopy and theoretical calculations to uncover important clues to the elastic properties of an MXene material—a promising next-generation energy storage material for supercapacitors and batteries—(earlier post), specifically a 2D titanium carbide (Ti3C2Tx)...3/16

ORNL to work with small biz on DOE voucher program

(Knoxville News Sentinel) The U.S. Department of Energy last week made the first awards in a small-business voucher program, enabling 33 companies to gain access to expertise and top-notch research facilities at national labs...3/15

New ORNL Method Could Unleash Solar Power Potential

(Lab Manager) Measurement and data analysis techniques developed at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory could provide new insight into performance-robbing flaws in crystalline structures, ultimately improving the performance of solar cells...3/16

ORNL seeks licensees for its low-cost carbon fiber technology

(Composites World) After several years of material and process development, Oak Ridge National Laboratory is ready to license its carbon fiber manufacturing process, which could reduce production costs by up to 50%...3/16

Science and Technology

Living factories of the future

(Nature) Scientists are designing cells that can manufacture drugs, food and materials — and even act as diagnostic biosensors. But first they must agree on a set of engineering tools...3/17

New strategy helps quantum bits stay on task

(PhysOrg) Scientists at Florida State University's National High Magnetic Field Laboratory (MagLab) have demonstrated a way to improve the performance of the powerful but persnickety building blocks of quantum computers, called quantum bits, or qubits, by reducing interference from the environment...3/17

Energy and Science Policy

Congressmen & Scientific Community Call for Sustained Growth in DOE Science Funding

(AIP) Members of Congress are circulating a series of “Dear Colleague” letters on Capitol Hill to round up support for the Department of Energy Office of Science and specific user facilities in fiscal year 2017. The scientific community is also requesting increased funding for the office...3/14

Can US solar energy survive without incentives?

(CS Monitor) Solar power, which has been enjoying rapid growth in the United States in recent years, could face a cloudy future, as more states reconsider incentives deemed essential to the industry's growth...3/2

DOE

Klotz: UPF will be delivered for $6.5B by 2025

(Knoxville News Sentinel) In response to questions by U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., NNSA Administrator Frank G. Klotz said the Uranium Processing Facility team is implementing every one of the recommendations of the Red Team (headed by ORNL Director Thom Mason) that reviewed the big project, and he vowed, “We are going to deliver that facility at $6.5 billion by 2025.”...3/16

ORISE building earns EPA’s Energy Star certification for energy efficiency

(Oak Ridge Today) The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education’s Facilities and Transportation Department office building, managed by ORAU, has earned the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star certification, which signifies that the building, located off Bethel Valley Road in Oak Ridge, performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict energy-efficiency performance levels set by the EPA...3/16

Energy Department Announces Denver as Next Location for Solar Decathlon Competition in 2017

(Energy.gov) At an event today in Denver, Colorado, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Under Secretary for Science and Energy, Dr. Franklin Orr, joined Mayor Michael Hancock to announce Denver as the host city for the next U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon competition in the fall of 2017...3/11

Local and State

Tennessee ranks 40th in energy report

(Knoxville News Sentinel) ...Overall, Tennessee ranked 40th out of the 50 states in terms of energy, economic performance and environmental quality in a new study released by University of Tennessee's Howard H. Baker Jr. Center...3/15

Research Could Put Neighborhood-Level Weather Data in Hands of Residents, Planners

(Tennessee Today) Weather information and air quality data pinpointed to your very neighborhood and street could soon be at your fingertips, thanks to a UT research project...3/10