Thursday, May 19, 2016
ORNL in the News

ORNL Director, FedEx Founder Awarded Honorary Degrees

(Knoxville News Sentinel) A physicist and a business leader received honorary degrees from UT on Thursday and Friday and spoke to some of the university’s newest graduates, challenging them to be innovators—in their careers and in their lives...5/13

Piedmont Propulsion Systems And Oak Ridge National Laboratory Share Anti-Icing Surface Treatment Research

(Business Wire) ...The project’s purpose was to develop surface treatments that will inhibit the formation of ice on turbine blades and propellers. It was an opportunity to foster collaboration between ORNL and PPS with the goal of creating new surface treatments for aviation and wind turbines, among other applications...5/16

Ian Greeley gets UT-Battelle Scholarship

(Knoxville News Sentinel) Ian Greeley, a senior at Knoxville Catholic High School, has been named the winner of the 2016 UT-Battelle Scholarship and will attend the University of Tennessee. Greeley is shown in photo with Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director Thom Mason...5/17

Isotope program provides target material for the discovery of superheavy elements

(PhysOrg) Two isotopes of a new element with atomic number Z=117 were created by an international collaboration in the reaction between unique radioactive 249Bk target material produced at ORNL through the DOE Isotope Program and an intense beam of 48Ca ions at the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (Dubna, Russia)...5/18

ORNL licenses carbon fiber processing inventions to RMX Technologies

(JEC Composites) RMX Technologies of Knoxville, Tennessee, and the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory have signed an exclusive licensing agreement for a technology that reduces the time and energy needed in the production of carbon fiber...5/18

Science and Technology

Researchers design six-state magnetic memory

(PhysOrg) Computers are often described with "ones and zeros," referring to their binary nature: each memory element stores data in two states. But there is no fundamental reason why there should be just two...5/18

Milestone in solar cell efficiency achieved

(Science Daily) Australian engineers have edged closer to the theoretical limits of sunlight-to-electricity conversion by photovoltaic cells with a device that sets a new world efficiency record...5/17

Energy and Science Policy

FY17 Appropriations Bills: DOE Office of Nuclear Energy and Yucca Mountain

(AIP) Although the House and Senate remain supportive of the Office of Nuclear Energy overall, they continue to stake out divergent stances on nuclear waste disposal via appropriations bills for the Department of Energy...5/12

Coal Use Will Increase 15 Percent Worldwide by 2040, Report Says

(The Weekly Standard) The U.S. government is forecasting that the world's coal consumption will increase almost 15 percent in the coming decades, despite new regulations that will slow the industry significantly stateside...5/12


Energy Department Launches Five New Solar Ready Vets Training Locations, Announces $10 Million for National Solar Training Programs

( Today, the Energy Department announced five additional military bases will join Solar Ready Vets, a solar jobs training program that prepares service members for careers in the solar industry when they leave active duty...5/17

Five Berkeley Lab Researchers Receive DOE Early Career Research Awards

(Berkeley Lab) In the seventh year of the Early Career Research Program managed by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science, five researchers at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) are on the list of 49 recipients announced today, including 22 from DOE’s national laboratories and 27 from U.S. universities...5/3

Argonne Coating Shows Surprising Potential to Improve Reliability in Wind Power

(ECN) ...a group of researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Akron discovered that a particular form of carbon coating not necessarily designed for wind turbines may indeed prove a boon to the wind industry...5/18

DOE awards $10 million for bioenergy research, development

(Biomass Magazine) The U.S. Department of Energy announced up to $10 million in funding for six projects representing innovative technologies and solutions to advance bioenergy development...5/16

Local and State

Sen. Lamar Alexander urging Tennesseans to oppose wind farm in Cumberland County

(WVLT-TV) ...Alexander says the proposed wind farm would tarnish the beauty of the Cumberland County mountains. The Apex Clean Energy wind farm would contain twenty three wind turbines...5/18

TVA submits application for reactors near OR

(Oak Ridger) The Tennessee Valley Authority has submitted its Early Site Permit Application to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to assess the potential for construction and operation of small modular reactor units at its Clinch River site near Oak Ridge...5/16

Census estimate: Nashville overtakes Memphis in population

(Knoxville News Sentinel) After nearly 120 years as Tennessee's largest city, Memphis is on the verge of surrendering that title to fast-growing Nashville, census estimates released Thursday show.