Monday, April 28, 2014
ORNL in the News

Electrolytes‘Double-Duty’ Electrolyte Enables Longer-Lived Batteries

(Product Design & Development) Researchers at the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a new and unconventional battery chemistry aimed at producing batteries that last longer than previously thought possible...4/24

Recently Developed Nanomaterial May Be Suitable for Use in Desalination

(RPI News) The research was conducted by Vincent Meunier, the Gail and Jeffrey L. Kodosky '70 Constellation Professor of Physics, Information Technology, and Entrepreneurship at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, in cooperation with Oak Ridge National Laboratory...4/24

Survey of power management control technologies for HEVs and PHEVs suggests future need to consider vehicle as part of larger system

(Green Car Congress) This type of large-scale optimization will require the acquisition and processing of additional information from the driver and conditions outside the vehicle itself, suggests Dr. Andreas Malikopoulos, Deputy Director of the Urban Dynamics Institute and an Alvin M. Weinberg Fellow in the Energy and Transportation Science Division with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL)...4/11

Major Top500 Super Computing Center Announces Partnership for Object Storage

(PR Web) The Joint Institute for Computational Sciences between The University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory is partnering with WARP Mechanics to study next generation object storage technologies for use in High-Performance Computing (HPC) environments...4/26

Science & Technology

Nitrogen pollution, climate and land use: Why what we eat matters

(Science Daily) A new report quantifies for the first time how much our food choices affect pollutant nitrogen emissions, climate change and land-use across Europe. The Special report provides an assessment of what would happen if Europe were to decrease its consumption of meat and dairy products...4/25

Project recycles waste heat into electricity for spacecraft systems

(PhysOrg) Rice University engineering students think it's a shame to waste energy, especially in space. So a team of seniors invented a device that turns excess heat into electricity. Heat created by electronics onboard the International Space Station (ISS) now gets tossed overboard into the void...4/28

Energy and Science Policy

Hearing Underscores Problems at the National Nuclear Security Administration

(AIP) “Unfortunately, the unmistakable conclusion of our fact-finding is that as implemented the NNSA experiment involving creation of a semi-autonomous organization has failed.”  So testified Norman Augustine about the National Nuclear Security Administration at a hearing of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces...4/24

National Science Board Takes Stand Against Science Committee NSF Legislation

(AIP) Yesterday the National Science Board released a statement criticizing key provisions in a House Science Committee bill that would reauthorize the National Science Foundation for the current year and FY 2015...4/25

DOE

Energy secretary praises Oak Ridge projects

(WVLT) U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has praised Department of Energy projects at Oak Ridge during a speech at the University of Tennessee. The Oak Ridge Reservation in Anderson and Roane counties includes the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the East Tennessee Technology Park and the Y-12 National Security Complex...4/26

Ernest MonizUS energy chief Moniz: Three reasons for hope on global warming

(CS Monitor) Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz visited Boston Tuesday to commemorate Earth Day at the New England Aquarium. Before heading to Fenway Park to throw out the first pitch at a Red Sox game, he sat down with the Monitor's David J. Unger to talk about the Ukraine crisis, oil exports, methane leaks, and his optimism about tackling climate change...4/26

U.S. Wants to Help Ukraine Develop Shale Gas

(The Motley Fool) The U.S. Department of Energy plans to work with private U.S. companies to help Ukraine develop its shale gas resources. In an April 22 interview with the Christian Science Monitor, DOE Secretary Ernest Moniz said, "[Ukrainians] do have a lot of gas potential that they are not developing, both conventional and unconventional...4/24

FernaldOnce a nuclear weapons plant, the Fernald Preserve now bursts with life

(USA Today) The mind's eye insists on placing a sprawling, weathered industrial site where there is only rolling, wheat-colored Ohio prairie. The K-65 silos were here, I think, staring at three smallish ponds with ice around their edges, and the barrels of radioactive waste were over there, by that deer...4/26

State and local

Oak Ridge could become first EPA-designated Green Power community in Southeast

(Oak Ridge Today) The City of Oak Ridge is on the verge of being selected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as a Green Power Community, the first in the Southeast, a press release said...4/24

Tenn. on pace to meet 90 percent graduation rate

(WATE) A new report shows Tennessee is on pace to meet a goal of a 90 percent high school graduation rate by the Class of 2020...4/28

ORAU employees recycle about 10,000 pounds of ‘technotrash,’ paper, shoes

(Oak Ridge Today) For the fifth year in a row, Oak Ridge Associated Universities coordinated an annual event in conjunction with Earth Day to encourage ORAU's 1,100 employees to bring in unwanted items from home to recycle, a press release said...4/25